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Bishop James Armstrong
President of the National Council of Churches USA, 1982-1983

United Methodist Church

"I can think of nothing more important right now for the church to do than to be the church—the church of a Dietrich Bonhoeffer and a Martin Niemoeller. They saw ominous and lethal cross-currents at work in their culture and spoke out against them while the institutions of religion tended to be silent."

– James Armstrong

When Armstrong was president:

■ 60 Minutes asks whether the World Council of Churches and National Council of Churches are following Karl Marx or Jesus Christ

Argentina invades the Falkland Islands

E.T. is released

Michael Jackson releases Thriller

President Reagan announces 'Star Wars' defense plan

Sally Ride becomes the first U.S. woman in space

James Armstrong

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