The supervisor of New York congregations for the United Church of Christ has been nominated to become the denomination’s next general minister and president. Geoffrey Black is expected to be presented to the UCC General Synod this summer as successor to John H. Thomas, who has served since 1999 and is not eligible for reelection. Black is particularly concerned about equal justice and black empowerment and cofounded the Amistad Cultural Center of Long Island, according to a church announcement. He would be the UCC’s second African-American president. Black was previously a program staff member in the UCC’s Office for Church Life and Leadership and is currently a member of the board of trustees of Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Theological Seminary.


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