This past week-end the NCCP elected The Rev. Rex Reyes a priest of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines, to be its next General Secretary.
Here is the announcement of that election:
"November 24, 2007
Last November 16, the National Christian Council of Churches in the USA and the Church World Service presented an award of excellence to the NCCP for its "outstanding work in the areas of human rights protection and human rights advocacy in the Philippines." This is the first time that the award was given to a group/institution from outside the US.
Fr Reyes thanked his predecessor for the trailblazing efforts especially in the realm of international solidarity work. "We will endeavor to be more imaginative and innovative in sustaining the Council's commitment to the pursuit of peace and justice," he stated.
A statement on corruption and moral ascendancy, a statement on human rights, a resolution calling for the continuation of formal peace negotiations and a resolution in support of the calls for the Senate to reject the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) were among the major resolutions issued by the NCCP Convention.
I have known Rex Reyes for many years and in my travels to the Philippines I have always tried to visit with him particularly at Resurrection Church, Fairview. That Church is a remarkable effort to be with and in a squatter community on the outskirts of Manila. The congregation is welcoming and filled with faith. Fr. Rex has been a great pastor to them and he will be a great pastor to the whole ecumenical community in the Philippines.
It is a happy event in the life of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines and I hope for Fr. Rex.