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Notes about People

Date 04 May 1996 19:49:40


95435                   Notes about People 
                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
     Five new members of the Presbyterian Women Churchwide Coordinating 
Team began their terms of service at the team's recent meeting in Seattle.   
     They are Ellen Carter, Natoma, Kan., Synod of Mid-America;  Flavia 
Alvarez, Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, Synod of Puerto Rico;  Barbara Haith, 
Apple Valley, Calif., Synod of Southern California and Hawaii; Peggy Lane, 
Davenport, Fla., Synod of South Atlantic; and Gloria Venett, State College, 
Pa., Synod of The Trinity.  Also, Kathryn Barker, Ontario, Ore., will 
represent the Synod of the Pacific for one year. 
                              # # # 
     Binh Nguyen has been commissioned by Seattle Presbytery as the first 
Commissioned Lay Preacher (CLP) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Binh, 
who has been in the presbytery's CLP training program since December 1994, 
was commissioned Nov. 21 to the Brighton Presbyterian Church in Seattle.  
                              # # # 
     United Methodist bishop Melvin G. Talbert, 61, of San Francisco was 
installed Nov. 16 as president of the National Council of Churches (NCC). 
He will serve a two-year term. 
     Talbert is completing his eighth year as secretary and ecumenical 
officer of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.  He is also a member of 
the Executive Committee, Central Committee and Finance Committee of the 
World Council of Churches. 
     In his first interview after his installation, Talbert said that one 
of his top priorities is putting racism at the center of the NCC's agenda. 
He announced plans to gather a panel of high-level consultants to advise 
the NCC on what it might do to combat racism. 

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