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NCC Governing Board approves leadership transition process
Chicago, November 9, 2011 ―
Council of Churches Governing Board approved a “process for a stable and
grace-filled transition” after General Secretary
Members of the governing board received the news with reverence and respect for Kinnamon’s leadership of the council during the last four years. Many expressed a sense of loss and offered tributes of appreciation for his ministry.
NCC President Peg Chemberlin noted that “Kinnamon’s announcement comes at a challenging time for the life of the council but we’re encouraged that Michael is willing to work with us on this important transition and be a resource to us going forward.”
The two-part Nov. 9 action by the NCC’s Governing Board came after Kinnamon, 62, said his cardiologist insisted that the stresses of his current position -- particularly the extensive travel required -- must be reduced immediately and significantly.
The council’s existing Task Force on General Secretary Oversight will meet with Kinnamon to draft a mutually agreeable separation agreement that the NCC’s Executive Committee can act upon at its December meeting.
At the same time, NCC President Peg Chemberlin and President-elect Kathryn Lohre will develop a proposal for transitional leadership for the Executive Committee to consider in December.
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