Northern California Ecumenical Council

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Duration: 1972 - Current (Africa work known in late 1970s and 1985-1987)
Location: San Francisco, California, United States


The Northern California-Nevada Council of Churches was formed in 1942. The name changed over the years to the Northern California-Western Nevada Council of Churches, then the Northern California Council of Churches. It reorganized and was renamed the Northern California Ecumenical Council (NCEC) in 1972, and again reorganized under the name Northern California Interreligious Conference in 2000. NCEC was involved in various anti-apartheid campaigns and supported churches in South Africa and Namibia. NCEC campaigned to get Crocker Bank to stop investing in South Africa (1978-1979) and to  get Chevron to divest from South Africa (1985-1987). In 1984 and 1987-1989, NCEC was involved in South African boycott campaigns, including the campaign to boycott Shell Oil. (Source: Inventory of the Northern California Ecumenical Council Collection viewed March 11, 2018; and the NCEC document on this website.)