Three NCC communion leaders named to White House panel
- Leaders of Three NCC Member Communions
Among 12 Named to White House Council
on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Washington, February 7, 2011 -- Three heads of National Council of Churches
member communions are among a dozen White House appointments announced
February 4 to President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and
The NCC-related nominees are the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori,
presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding
bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and H.E. Archbishop
Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
The nominees were named in an email Friday from Joshua P. DuBois, White
House staff for the advisory council. DuBois said other appointees being
vetted by the White House are likely to be announced soon.
The previous advisory council, which included NCC President Peg Chemberlin,
the Rev. Sharon Watkins, general minister and president of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Rev. Dr. William J. Shaw, past
president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., concluded its work
in March 2010. In November 2010, Mr. Obama signed an executive order to
implement many of the recommendations of the original council.
Prominent Jewish organizational leader Susan Stern will chair the advisory
council. She is Special Advisor on Government Affairs to the American
Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a humanitarian assistance
organization helping Jews and non Jews in more than seventy countries around
Leif Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and
Nancy Wilson, head of the Metropolitan Community Church, are among the
appointees to the panel, which was launched by President Obama in 2009.
Lynne Hybels, wife of Pastor Bill Hybels of the Willow Creek Community
Church near Chicago, and Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Vice President of
the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative and
Masorti Rabbis, are also on the list.
Andrea Bazán, President of Triangle Community Foundation, a philanthropic
organization dedicated to building a prosperous and culturally rich region
across North Carolina. Earlier she was the Executive Director of El Pueblo,
a Latino advocacy and public policy organization.
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of Policy Link, a nonprofit
organization that strives to advance economic and social equity for
low-income people and communities of color. She formerly served as Senior
Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation.
Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide, the largest
privately supported NGO, with 1,800 local affiliates in more than 40
countries and territories, and 2.5 million volunteers.
Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual
Adoration and past president of the Leadership Conference of Women
Religious, a support system and corporate voice for leaders of Catholic
Sisters in the United States.
Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of Churches of Christ in
the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among
Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member communions -- from a
wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic
African American and Living Peace Churches -- include 45 million persons in
more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
NCC News contact: Philip E. Jenks, 212-870-2228 (office), 646-853-4212