Kinnamon steps down as General Secretary of NCC due to health concerns
Written by Wire Reports
November 10, 2011
National Council of Churches Governing Board approved a "process for a
stable and grace-filled transition" after General Secretary the Rev.
Michael Kinnamon announced his intention to leave his position due to health
of the governing board received the news with reverence and respect for
Kinnamon's leadership of the council during the last four years. Many expressed
a sense of loss and offered tributes of appreciation for his ministry.
President the Rev. Peg Chemberlin noted that "Kinnamon's announcement
comes at a challenging time for the life of the council but we're encouraged
that Michael is willing to work with us on this important transition and be a
resource to us going forward."
two-part Nov. 9 action by the NCC's Governing Board came after Kinnamon, 63,
said his cardiologist insisted that the stresses of his current position --
particularly the extensive travel required -- must be reduced immediately and
have a great appreciation for Michael's leadership of the NCC and his
commitment to our ecumenical goals over the years has been stellar,"
said the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC general minister and president. "We
will all feel the tremendous loss of his leadership but, most importantly, wish
him well and pray for a full recovery of his health.
council's existing Task Force on General Secretary Oversight will meet with
Kinnamon to draft a mutually agreeable separation agreement that the NCC's
Executive Committee can act upon at its December meeting.
At the same time, NCC President Peg Chemberlin
and President-elect Kathryn Lohre will develop a proposal for transitional
leadership for the Executive Committee to consider in December.
The United Church of Christ is one of 37 member communions in the National Council of Churches.