The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) clergyman and a long-time educator and ecumenical leader, is the ninth General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA.

The NCC is the ecumenical voice of America's Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, historic African American and traditional peace churches. These 35 communions have 45 million faithful members in 100,000 congregations in all 50 states.


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The murder of Dr. George Tiller

NOTE. Dr. George Tiller, whose Women's Health Care Services Clinic in Wichita is one of three in the nation that performs abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy, was gunned down Sunday, May 31, in the narthex of Reformation Lutheran Church, Wichita. His murder has been condemned by President Obama, political and religious leaders, and by anti-abortion groups alike. The following statement was released by Dr. Kinnamon.

The 35 member communions of the National Council of Churches do not have a consensus on the issue of abortion and consequently the Council has not addressed the issue. 

But we do have a clear consensus about the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he was welcoming friends and visitors in the narthex of his church last Sunday: it was a cruel, despicable and evil act. It was a depravity contrary to scripture and the Word of God, and we condemn it. 

Moreover, we condemn those who use Web sites, television programs, brochures and other media to encourage the impression that murder in the name of life is a righteous act. How can Satan, Jesus asked, cast out Satan? The commandment, "You shall not murder," applies to all, and no one has the authority to suspend the law of God.


Michael Kinnamon
General Secretary
National Council of Churches


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