National Council of Churches

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The National Council of Churches is the United States wing of the World Council of Churches and a key part of the Ecumenical Movement. The NCC is known for left-wing advocacy, especially around issues of race, feminism, homosexual issues, immigration, and support for Communist dictators and left-wing revolutionary movements in the Third World.[Citation Needed] They are also known for mainly modernist views on Christian theology. As such, the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination which holds to conservative theology, is not a member.

Along with the Center for Democratic Renewal they were a key player in the black church-burning hoax of the late 1990s.[1]


Originally, the National Council of Churches called itself Federal Council of Churches,[2] but changed its name in 1950 when it merged with other left-leaning church organizations.[3]

From the beginning, the National Council of Churches was inspired by the Social Gospel.[4]


  1. Wilcox, Laird. The Watchdogs. Olathe, KS; Editorial Research Service, 1999, pp. 69-70.
  2. History
  3. National Council of Churches Records, 1948 - 1973
  4. (1976) The Social Gospel: Religion and Reform in Changing America. Temple University Press.