Adrian College Chaplain Leads Conversation with National Council of Churches

Rev. Dr. Chris Momany, a delegate from The United Methodist Church, serves on one of the NCC’s four convening tables.

ADRIAN, Mich (May 11, 2015) – Adrian College’s founding president Asa Mahan’s commitment to the “Intrinsic Worth” of people became a key theme during the 2015 “Christian Unity Gathering” of the National Council of Churches. The event, held in Washington, DC May 7-9, included planning for cooperative action regarding justice and peace.

Friday, May 8, Momany presented to the convening table on “Joint Action and Advocacy.” His theme revolved around the Adrian abolitionist philosophy of “Intrinsic Worth.”

“It was amazing,” Momany said. “After offering those remarks, the whole conversation among our leadership group began to embrace the language of ‘intrinsic worth.’ The terminology became a kind of lens through which we considered issues of justice and peace.”

The National Council of Churches has 37 member communions – from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Peace churches. The organization represents over 45 million people in more than 100,000 local congregations across the nation. Adrian’s chaplain, Rev. Dr. Chris Momany, is a delegate from The United Methodist Church and serves on one of the NCC’s four convening tables –- working groups that lead initiatives for the organization.

The Unity Gathering featured times for plenary addresses, panels and the nitty-gritty work of “convening tables.” Speakers included Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Liberian peace advocate, as well as Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. On Thursday, May 7, participants in the gathering traveled to the Washington National Cathedral for a worship service that remembered the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

“This was a rare and strategic opportunity to contribute, all drawn from the Adrian College theological and philosophical tradition. And we are just getting started,” added Momany.

The next National Council of Churches “Christian Unity Gathering” is slated for November of 2016.