FSC student chosen
National Council of Churches
LAKELAND, Fla. (July 8,
2003) - Jennifer Beckett, a Florida Southern College junior, has
been chosen by the United Methodist Church (UMC) Council of Bishops
to serve on the National Council of Churches (NCC) for the 2004-2008
term. The NCC represents the leadership of the major Protestant
denominations in the United States.
Beckett, a religion major, is the daughter of David and Kimberly
Beckett of Anchorage, Alaska. "I'm very excited and passionate about
getting involved in the work for unity among all Christians," she
said. "No matter our differences, we all worship the same God. I'm
very appreciative of this opportunity and I will do my best to represent
the United Methodist Church."
Beckett was nominated to the council by a member of her home conference
(Alaska Missionary) and was one of 20 UMC representatives accepted
to the NCC. She has been one of FSC's leaders of campus ministries,
according to Dr. Alan Smith, FSC religion professor. "Jenny is an
intelligent, attentive, genuinely nice young woman and we are blessed
to have her as one of our students," said Smith. "She will be a
valued member of the NCC and will bring a fresh perspective to the
deliberations of that body."
The NCC, founded in 1950, is a leading voice in the ecumenical movement
and a driving force behind the positive inter-church dialog characterizing
the work of the church in the United States and Canada since the
1960s, Smith said. The council also promotes harmonious relations
among diverse religions, focusing especially on relationships between
Christians and Muslims since the September 11 crisis.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.