Metropolitan Unanimously Elected to CWS Board of Directors

Metropolitan Unanimously Elected to CWS Board of Directors

The Member Communions of Church World Service (CWS) unanimously voted
to elect His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the
Northeast American Diocese, to serve on its Board of Directors.
Church World Service is one of the leading and most reputable
faith-based organizations which offer swift and sustainable responses
to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster throughout the world.

In their letter dated November 2, 2017, the Reverend Dr. Earl D.
Trent, Jr. Chairman of CWS and Reverend John L. McCullough, President
& CEO of CWS wrote "We are thrilled to welcome you to the governance
of CWS, and look forward to benefitting from the guidance your
participation will provide."

In the aftermath of World War II, seventeen denominations came
together to form an agency “to do in partnership what none of us could
hope to do as well alone.” The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the
naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless.  This
agency, known as the Church World Service, continues to be one of the
most respected faith-based humanitarian relief organizations which
seeks to transform communities around the globe.

In the past decade, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has become a
more active part of the life changing work of CWS, through CROP Walks
and disaster relief aid. Most recently, parishes of the Northeast
American Diocese offered strong support to the hurricane relief
efforts of CWS for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

In the recent time, CWS was one of the founding members of a global
partnership of faith-based humanitarian agencies, ACT Alliance, with
members in 140 countries. With 130 member organizations, ACT Alliance
provides a dynamic environment for collaboration in responding to
human needs around the world.

Metropolitan Mar Nicholovos spoke of his joy, especially receiving
this news on the Feast of Saint Gregorios of Parumala.  "This is not
about a personal appointment to an office; this is a recognition of
the growing presence the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has in this
country, and throughout the world.  I pray that my role can further
show how the Malankara Church has always, and will always answer the
call to philanthropic and humanitarian crises throughout the world."

His Grace's tenure as the member of the Board of Directors will
formally begin on January 1, 2018.

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