National Council of Churches installs first lay Orthodox president

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2001

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Chicago attorney Elenie Huszagh was installed as president of the National Council of Churches during its General Assembly. She is the first lay member of an Orthodox church, and only the second Orthodox, to serve as president in the council's 52 years.

The part-time, unsalaried leadership post was filled in 1990-91 by the Very Rev. Leonid Kishkovsky of the Orthodox Church in America.

In 1974, Huszagh was in the first group of women appointed to the Greek archdiocese's governing council, and continues on that body. She was a representative to Istanbul in recent negotiations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate over revisions of the U.S. Greek church charter.

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