UCC pastor chosen to head Massachusetts Council of Churches
Written by Staff and Wire Reports
September 28, 2011
The Rev. Laura Everett has been
approved by the Massachusetts Council of Churches Board of Directors to become
its next executive director.
The appointment of Everett, an ordained
UCC minister who has served on the UCC's Council for Ecumenism, will be
effective Nov. 1. She will succeed the Rev. Jack Johnson.
Everett has served as associate director
of the Council since 2004. A graduate of Brown University and the Harvard
Divinity School, she recently completed the Foundations of Christian Leadership
Program at Duke University Divinity School.
United Church of Christ formed me for ecumenical ministry with our denomination's
steadfast commitment to healing the divisions of the Body of Christ,” said
Everett. “I am grateful for that commitment and carry it with me as I work and
minister with the 17 Orthodox and Protestant churches of the Massachusetts
Council of Churches.
ecumenists, we stand with one foot in our particular tradition and one in the
broader Church,” she said. “As a Council of Churches, we stand with one foot in
the Church world and one foot in the broader culture that we seek to transform.
And as Christians, we must always stand with one foot on earth and one in the
kingdom that is to come.”
In its nomination statement, the search committee said, “Mentored
in the ministries of the MCC, Laura knows us well, has built strong
relationships in this community and with our ecumenical and interfaith
partners. She has many gifts to lead the MCC in the opportunities and
challenges of the years ahead.
several years, Laura has been immersed in the ministries and relationships of
the ecumenical community in Massachusetts and elsewhere, and is well
experienced and skillful in advocacy and justice ministries,” the statement