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Lebanese Najla Kassab head of WCRC

10-7-2017

The Word Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) elected its first female president, Reverend Najla Kassab for a 7-year-term. Kassab, WCRC executive committee member, is the first woman to head the WCRC since the establishment of the Communion in 1875. The meetings for the elections held every seven years, took place in the German city of Leipzig from June 29 to July 7 with the participation of representatives of more than 225 churches from 112 countries, including Lebanon. On the occasion, Alison McDonald, moderator of the nominating committee which presented the list of presidency candidates to the General Council, praised Kassab’s experience and many gifts, stating that her “vision, insight, spiritual strength and grace made her the right person to lead the church forward.” For her part, Kassab disclosed in her first statement after being elected that her election represents an opportunity for a woman pastor from the Middle East to push for equal rights and justice through boldly identifying injustices in the Middle East and the world. The incoming WCRC president also described her election as a “new beginning for justice in the Middle East being the first woman to assume this post in the region. To recall, Kassab is the director of the Christian Education Department of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), and has been ordained in March 2017 in Beirut. (Al Mustaqbal, July 10, 2017)

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