1998 NCC News Archives

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NCC Holds Memorial Service for Victims of Embassy Bombings
Aug. 20, 1998 (Noon), Interchurch Center, New York

WHAT:    A memorial service for all the victims of the Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, sponsored by the National Council of Churches (NCC) Africa Office.

WHEN:    Thursday, August 20, 1998, at 12 noon

WHERE:  The Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive , New York City (use Claremont Ave. entrance at 120th St.), Chapel (ground floor)

WHY:    "This service is for all the victims of the bombings, North American, Kenyan, Tanzanian, and all others," said Mr. Willis Logan, Director of the NCC's Africa Office. "Unfortunately, it often takes tragedies like this to remind us of how connected we are."

"The NCC has formal connections in Kenya and Tanzania through Church World Service," Mr. Logan explained. CWS is the humanitarian relief, refugee assistance and disaster response ministry of the NCC. "The National Christian Council of Kenya (NCCK), whose Church House headquarters are across the street from the embassy and where one person died and at least 20 other people were injured, is a longtime partner of ours. The Christian Council of Tanzania is also a CWS partner."

Through the Emergency Response Office of CWS, the NCC is developing its own response to the bombings, Mr. Logan said.

WHO:    Participants in the service will include: Kermit DeGraffenreidt, Secretary Treasurer of the Department of Overseas Missions for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; Eileen King, Executive Director, World Day of Prayer, International Committee; Pauline Muchina, NCC Africa Office and Kenyan citizen, and Rodney Page, NCC Deputy General Secretary.

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