November 10, 2007

Dr Kinnamon to lead NCCC

Dr. Michael Kinnamon, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) clergyman and a long-time educator and ecumenical leader, was installed Thursday (Nov. 8) as the ninth General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA by the NCC General Assembly that met November 6-8 in Woodbridge, N.J.
Kinnamon succeeds the Rev. Bob Edgar who resigned August 31 to become president and CEO of Common Cause. The new general secretary will move into his office in New York after January 1, 2008.

Addressing the General Assembly prior to his election, Kinnamon said the church of Jesus Christ is "already one." "Unity is not synonymous with agreement," he said. "We understand that we have deep disagreements and try to address them. This is a consequence of being in Christ."

The assembly interrupted him with applause when he added, "We can fight like cats and dogs and still sit at the same table."

Kinnamon said, "The church is where the Spirit is. Look for that when we sit around these tables. Trust that the Spirit has claimed these others. Getting to know one another builds that trust. This is how we deal with ongoing conflicts -- not as a political caucus, but as sisters and brothers."