The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) has served as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ for 70 years. NCC is a diverse covenant community of 38 member denominations with more than 35 million individuals in 100,000 congregations from Protestant, Anglican, historic African-American, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Living Peace traditions. We have a common commitment to advocate and represent God’s love and promise of unity in our public square.

While the NCC, as churches, is the leading ecumenical organization involved in broad theological study, religious education and spiritual formation, national interfaith dialogue and collaboration, and biblical translation (with the New Revised Standard Version, which has long been considered the most widely used version of the Bible in academic theology), in terms of the crucial responsibility of faith-driven advocacy, NCC has identified several broad categories as our priorities, including: ending racism through our A.C.T. Now! to End Racism initiative, ending mass incarceration, and interreligious relations with a focus on peace. These priorities have meant that we have worked with denominational and interfaith partners as well as secular organizations on issues such as universal, affordable and accessible healthcare; abating hunger and poverty; addressing global climate change and environmental racism; providing affordable housing; creating good jobs and having a living wage; and, enacting policies that benefit those most in need. With the novel coronavirus global pandemic ravishing our nation as well as our global ecumenical and interfaith partners, particularly devastating communities of color, we also have been diligently working to advocate for relief and safety during this historic health and economic crisis.

With these priority areas in mind, we urge the new Biden-Harris Administration to consider the following policy priorities:

*NCC no longer supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (7/8/21)