Religion News Service | October 14, 2021
The National Council of Churches has selected a female list of officers, for the first time in the 71-year history of the ecumenical organization.
Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, leader of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, became chairman of the organization, beginning a two-year term along with other officers.
She is joined by the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who is vice president; Kimberly Gordon Brooks, first vice president of the third district organization of the laity, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is secretary; and the Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, Minister General and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), who is treasurer.
Everyone except Eaton are women of color.
“At this crucial time in the life of the church in the United States, it is important to note that the NCC models inclusion in the selection of its leaders,” Bishop Jefferson-Snorton said in a statement. “The denominations that make up the NCC show a commitment to embodying the diversity of God’s creation in so many ways. This commitment is a call to all of us to show God’s love for all, to promote unity in Christ Jesus, and to resist current cultural trends of dichotomy. ”
The NCC board also voted to approve the New Revised Standard Version of the Updated Bible Edition, or NRSVue, after a four-year effort to bring the widely used translation into line with biblical science since it was published more than 30 years ago.
The changes to the updated text were made “based on accuracy, clarity, euphony and current use of the English language,” the NCC said in a statement on a project involving Friendship Press, its subsidiary.
In a statement, Jim Winkler, a united Methodist layman who is president and secretary general of the NCC, called the new version, the work of dozens of scientists, editors and reviewers, a “monumental achievement.”
The new version is expected to be released by publishers on May 1, 2022 or later. Friendship Press plans to release a new version of the e-Bible available in its Word @ Hand app from November 19th.
38 denominations The NCC numbers about 35 million Christians in Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, Evangelical, and historical black denominations and “peace churches.”
This article has been updated to clarify the nature of the changes in the new revised standard version of the updated edition of the Bible.
Adelle M. Banks writes for the Religion News Service.