Alumna Zabrina Santiago (M.T.S., 2008) wrote to share that she has been appointed by The General Assembly on Ecumenical Relations of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to serve as a Commissioner to the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National Council of Churches. Her quadrennial term will begin in 2012.
The National Council of the Churches (NCC) is the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's member faith groups — from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace communions — include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
Zabrina is a frequent speaker in religious communities, educational institutions, and international conferences as a leading Presbyterian involved in the international ecumenical movement. In recent years, she has served as a delegate to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (Rio de Janiero ‘10, Istanbul ‘09). She also participated in the United Nations 54th Commission on the Status of Women (New York ‘10), at the invitation of the World Conference of Religions for Peace. There she participated in the inaugural launch of The North America Women of Faith network held in the United Nations Church Centre.
Zabrina earned a Master of Theological Studies from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2008. She most recently served as Deputy Director of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions playing a major leadership role in overseeing the 2009 Parliament of Religions international conference held in Melbourne, Australia.
Many blessings on Zabrina's new ministry of justice and advocacy!