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    Leaders of Three NCC Member Communions Among 12 Named to White House Council on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Washington, February 7, 2011 -- Three
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      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
      Neighborhood partnerships.

      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
      the world.

      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.

      Other appointees:

      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
      (cell, pjenks@...
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