Magazine article The Christian Century

Deaths

Magazine article The Christian Century

Deaths

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Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr., 72, the presiding prelate of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, who was president of the National Council of Churches in 2004 and 2005, died October 27. "He was an intellectual with a common touch," said NCC president Kathryn Lohre. Hoyt was president of the ecumenical organization when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, and he helped organize NCC aid to hurricane victims and monitored government assistance to the region. Hoyt was also the NCC's chief spokesperson in church-backed boycotts of Taco Bell in 2004 and 2005 to win rights and greater benefits for agricultural workers. After pastorates in North Carolina and New York, he was ordained a bishop in 1994. Before that he was a professor of New Testament at Hartford Seminary from 1980 to 1994. Earlier, he taught at Howard University School of Religion and Interdenominational Theological Center. He gave the prestigious Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity in 1993 and wrote or coauthored six books. …

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