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Centennial Gathering speaks with one voice on issues of peace, justice and human rights

Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, the General Secretary of NCC USA addressing the General Assembly held at New Orleans -- Photo by Kathleen Cameron

New Orleans, November 18, 2010 — Representatives from Orthodox, evangelical, mainline Protestant, historic African American and living peace churches were united last week as they spoke out issues concerning peace, justice and human rights.

Delegates to the Centennial Gathering of the National Council of Churches and Church World Service, meeting here November 9-11, adopted resolutions calling for the ratification of New START II, immigration reform, and an end to the violence against Christians and civilians in Iraq.

The delegates called on the U.S. government to lead an investigation of human rights abuses by the military dictatorship in Myanmar, and urged all people of faith to show respect to the faith and worship practices of “religious others.”

The National Council of Churches Governing Board, meeting prior to the Centennial Gathering, adopted a resolution calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan.

More than 400 people of faith gathered in New Orleans to celebrate a century of ecumenical engagement and to discuss how the churches might live and work together in an uncertain future.

As delegates Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Fr. Paul Cherian, Susan Varghese, and Asha Thomas attended the General Assembly.