Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, will not seek a third four-year term as the top administrator of the ecumenical organization. Edgar’s current term ends December 31, 2007. A third term would have been unprecedented in the NCC’s history.
“I care deeply about the council and have invested my best self in the work,” Edgar said this month. “The council has been returned to financial stability and has reclaimed its place as a prophetic ecumenical voice heeding Christ’s call to serve the least among us.”
Edgar, 63, a United Methodist minister, is giving the organization a chance for “a seamless transition process,” said a spokesperson for the New York–based council.
The former Democratic congressperson and president of Claremont School of Theology said he wrestled with his decision for nine months. In the end he decided that “two terms seemed enough, both to me and the executive committee.”