The Rev. Cass Shaw is the first female official president and chief executive officer of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, which includes Trumbull and Shelton churches.
Shaw was sworn in Sept. 15 at a ceremony at the First Congregational Church on Beach Road in Fairfield.
"[The] Rev. Shaw is the first woman to lead The Council in its 68-year history. Her predecessor, the Rev. Brian Bodt, left the Council in 2012 to become pastor of Mary Taylor Memorial Methodist Church in Milford," according to a press release.
The Rev. Shaw is formerly the General Presbyter (director) of the Albany, N.Y. Presbytery. Ordained in 1980, her ministry has been in various presbyteries within the Synod of the Northeast except for four years as pastor of a church and chaplain of an international school in Tamil Nadu, India
"With Rev. Shaw’s installation The Council begins a new chapter in its history," according to the statement.
The Council's programs includes:
- Bridge Building, which hosts conferences and meetings designed to unify individuals of all backgrounds and faiths
- Co-Op Center, which provides job training and reentry assistance for men and women returning to their communities after incarceration;
- the Hunger Outreach Network, which supports over 35 food pantries and feeding sites citywide, Janus Center for Youth In Crisis (formerly Janus House), which provides support and temporary respite care for youth at risk of homelessness;
- Project Learn, an after-school program held at four sites throughout Bridgeport , with a new site opening in January of 2014, designed to help bridge the achievement gap among elementary school children.
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport is a faith-based, non-sectarian social services agency dedicated to serving all people throughout their lifespan, regardless of racial, cultural or faith background. It was founded in 1945.
The mission of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport “to turn faith into action by enabling both congregations and community partners to combine resources and expertise to provide programs that help people at risk meet their urgent needs.”The following churches are among its members:
New Life Assembly of God - Trumbull
Nichols United Methodist Church - Trumbull
Christ Church Tashua - TrumbullSt. Paul's Episcopal Church - Shelton
Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Trumbull
Trinity Episcopal Church - TrumbullHoly Trinity Lutheran Church - Trumbull
Trumbull Congregational Church - Trumbull
Huntington Congregational Church - Shelton
Huntington United Methodist Church - Shelton
Long Hill United Methodist Church - Trumbull
Unity Hill United Church of Christ - Trumbull