The Rev. James "Jay" Lintner, 65, the former director of the Washington office of the United Church of Christ's Office for Church in Society, died Jan. 29 at his home in Washington of complications related to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and myelodysplasia.
Mr. Lintner came to Washington in 1985 to direct the Office for Church in Society, which is the public policy and advocacy arm of the 1.4 million-member United Church of Christ. He worked on such issues as peace, economic justice and civil and human rights.
For periods between 1997 and 1999, while still with the United Church of Christ, he also was associate general secretary for public policy of the National Council of Churches and chairman of Religious Leaders for Campaign Finance Reform.
He was author and editor of three books, "Peace Futuring," "Empowering the Church in Society" and "The United Church of Christ Social Policy."
He was born in Los Angeles, graduated from Pomona College and received a master's degree in divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, which in 1991 awarded him an honorary doctorate of divinity.
Before relocating to Washington, Mr. Lintner worked in a variety of assignments in New York for the Office for Church in Society. Earlier, he held church assignments in the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles.
He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington.
His avocations included hiking, canoeing and playing cards.
His marriage to Joanna Harrington ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Faith Brightbill of Washington; three children from his first marriage, Anne Griffin of Concord, Calif., Marilee Comerford of Marshfield, Mass., and Matthew Lintner of Wilmington, Del.; a stepson, Benjamin Weybright of Arlington; a sister; and five granddaughters.