Wednesday, 20th February 2008
World churches council chief resigns
The World Council of Churches (WCC), the major international Christian grouping, launched a search for a new chief after its current head, Samuel Kobia of Kenya, decided to leave after only one five-year term.
The WCC's policy-making Central Committee has decided to appoint a search committee for a new general secretary to be elected at its next meeting in September, the WCC said in a statement.
Minister Kobia, a Methodist whose US doctorate was revealed last week to have been issued by an unaccredited institution, earlier told the committee he would not stand for a second five-year term as general secretary. He said he was taking his decision for private reasons, the WCC said. It said the committee would consider extending his current term, which runs until the end of this year, which the WCC is celebrating as its 60th anniversary.
"The central committee received this news with regret but accepts the decision of the general secretary. We want to respect his decision and privacy," WCC Central Committee moderator Walter Altmann said.
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