New York – Archbishop Demetrios of America, on November 1, joined with leaders of the major church organizations who are members of the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC) for a substantive forty-five minute meeting with President Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on November 1.
As the senior church leader, Archbishop Demetrios opened the meeting after the introductions by NCCC President Peg Chamberlain and NCCC General Secretary Michael Kinnamon. Speaking on behalf of the Church leaders, the Archbishop told the President “… it is not only an honor to be with you here today, Mr. President; it is a joy.” His Eminence cited the Scriptural passage from Acts 10:38 in the original Greek and then in translation, in which Saint Peter declares that Jesus Christ passed his earthly life doing good and healing.
The Archbishop went on to share with the President that the purposes of the religious bodies of the NCCC were precisely “to do good and to bring healing,” and he thanked the President for his own efforts to do the same. Throughout the meeting, issues of social concern, justice, education, religious liberty and care for “the least among us” were exchanged. The Meeting was arranged through the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, with which the Archdiocese of America maintains an ongoing relationship, and the National Council of Churches of Christ USA, of which the Archdiocese has been a member since it founding in 1950.