April 26, 2005
|A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin
Rev. Robert W. Huston (center), founding chief executive of the
Commission on Christian Unity, is joined by the Rev. Bruce Robbins
(right) and the Rev. Larry Pickens (left).
YORK (UMNS)—The United Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious
Concerns has hired two new executive staff and dedicated its conference
room to the Rev. Robert W. Huston, the agency’s founding chief
Rev. William Douglas Mills, a member of the Northwest Texas Annual
(regional) Conference, will become associate general secretary for
dialogue and interfaith relations, effective June 1.
Hayashi, a former executive with the denomination’s General Council on
Ministries, which recently disbanded, will become the associate general
secretary for constituency relations, social justice and ecumenical
formation, effective July1. Both were elected during the commission’s
April 21-24 spring meeting in New York.
who served as the agency’s chief executive from 1965 to 1990, was
honored during a reception in the commission’s newly renovated office
space at the Interchurch Center. He was joined by the Rev. Bruce
Robbins, who served in the position from 1990 to 2004, and the Rev.
Larry Pickens, the commission’s current staff leader.
said Huston is “largely responsible” for the fact that the United
Methodist Church is known as an ecumenical force across the world.
extended that credit to all who have served with the commission.
“Ecumenism was always a tough job. It is no less so today,” he said.
“(But) it is not a lost cause because it is not ours to lose—it is
Mills, currently senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in
Clyde, Texas, is a member of the World Methodist Council’s bilateral
dialogue with the Salvation Army. He also serves on the council’s
executive committee and is a member of its ecumenics and dialogue
The Rev. William Douglas Mills
has master of theology and master of divinity degrees from Duke
University and a doctorate in philosophy from Texas Tech University.
From 1997 to 2002, he served as chairman of the religion department at
Eastern New Mexico University, as well as assistant professor of
religion and director of the Wesley Foundation there from 1993 to 2002.
currently interim executive director for Project Equality, was an
associate general secretary with the General Council on Ministries in
Dayton, Ohio, from 1990 to 2004. Before that, he was associate council
director for the denomination’s California-Nevada Conference from 1983
graduate of Portland State University, he has been involved in various
Japanese-American organizations and worked for the Japanese American
Citizens League during the 1970s. He also served as a member of the
United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race from 1972 to 1980 and
1984 to 1988.
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