Troubled National Council of Churches reports improved finances

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Council of Churches, which ended last year with a $4 million deficit and severely depleted reserve funds, is reporting improved finances.

General Manager Barbara Ellen Black told an executive board meeting that an incomplete audit for January through June indicates the council brought expenses in line with income for the first time in years, and that 2000 should end with a small surplus.

However, there's a projected $1.7 million imbalance between projected income and spending for the first half of 2001.

The council is counting on an emergency grant of $700,000 from its largest member, the United Methodist Church, but only $91,701 has been paid. The Methodists' ecumenical commission decided this week to seek the rest of that money from other church agencies.

The National Council announced it plans an anti-poverty campaign over the next 10 years and hopes to confer next year with Roman Catholics and conservative Protestants outside the council about forming a broader ecumenical organization for U.S. Christians.

Both projects will be discussed at the council's national assembly Nov. 14-17 in Atlanta.


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