U.S.-Africa leadership for ecumenical action

Unprecedented opportunities
With the U.S. leaders of mainline Presbyterian and Lutheran denominations picked recently as presidents of their respective worldwide Protestant families of churches, the top three ecumenical officials in Geneva—all of them African clergy—will have unprecedented opportunities for communication between the most powerful nation and a continent boasting Christianity’s most dynamic growth.

Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), recently was elected president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, whose general secretary is Setri Nyomi of Ghana.

Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was elected last year as president of the Lutheran World Federation, whose general secretary is Ishmael Noko of Zimbabwe.


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