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Council of Churches to cut 14 staff jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Council of Churches, an ecumenical group with 35 Protestant and Orthodox denominational members, is cutting 14 staff positions.

The Governing Board of the New York-based group announced the staff cuts Sept. 27, as part of a reorganization that will include six new positions to streamline the group's work.

Clare Chapman, acting chief executive of the NCC, said that the council faced a deficit of more than $1 million in the 2007 fiscal year and that the shortfall was covered by financial reserves.

The NCC said in a news release that it also expected a budget deficit in 2008. The NCC has been struggling off and on with financial problems for years. NCC receives its income from member donations, foundation grants and royalties.