National Council of Churches USA
Church World Service
General Assembly
November 7-9, 2006
Orlando, Florida

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Past NCC General Assemblies:
2005: Hunt Valley, Md.
2004: St. Louis, MO
2003: Jackson, MS
2002: Tampa, FL
2001: Oakland, CA


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Click here for the 2006 General Assembly wrap-up.

Governing Board Pictures

General Assembly Pictures

NCC Policy on Human Biotechnologies

Worship, celebration, action

The General Assembly of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and Church World Service took on the issues of the world in the name of the gospel of Jesus Christ at its annual meeting that concluded November 9, 2006, in Orlando, Florida. 

Among the work of the 248 delegates from 35 member Christian denominations was passage of a pastoral message on the war, a new policy on human biotechnology, and resolutions banning human reproductive cloning, bio-warfare oversight and combating global warming.

The three day gathering also heard from several speakers each issuing unique challenges to the oldest Christian ecumenical organization in America.

"America is back," said the Rev. Dr. James Forbes in the closing keynote conversation with delegates. "The people's voice will speak the truth and the government will hear," said Forbes, who recently announced his retirement as the senior minister of The Riverside Church, New York City.  He thanked the Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the NCC, for calling him in 2004 to help start the Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign to address the needs of the poor.


The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the National Council of Churches USA and Church World Service. Most of the 35 member communions of NCC and CWS sent delegates and visitors to the General Assembly,November 7-9, 2006, in the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

This summer, Dr. Forbes launched a new weekly radio program, "The Time is Now," carried by Air America Radio Ė Ė holding conversations with such prominent guests as PBS veteran Bill Moyers, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and White House journalist Helen Thomas.

On Sept. 17, Dr. Forbes announced his plans to retire from The Riverside Church to pursue his new national ministry Ė in response to a calling that took root in 2004 when the NCC and Riverside Church collaborated on their "Let Justice Roll: Faith and Community Voices Against Poverty" and "Mobilization 2004" campaigns.

What an exciting and opportune time for us to share food, fellowship and in-depth conversation with Dr. Forbes!

Click here for the 2006 General Assembly Daily Schedule


Each day of the General Assembly began with worship to help delegates explore the theme: For the Healing of the Nations (Revelation 22:1-2) Public worship is a celebration of the conviction that Christ is in the midst of Godís people. Worship equips and empowers the faithful to act as agents of Godís transformation, and sets the framework for our work as the people of God in community responding to Godís gift of unity through Jesus Christ.


Bible Study

General Assembly delegates also encountered and were encountered by the Word. Neither an exegetical study of the text, nor a preaching on the text, became a collective look at the text using focused questions for discernment, a time for us to be read by the text and to encounter God through scripture.


Wednesday Rotation Forums

The Wednesday Rotation Forum was designed to help delegates grasp the wide array of programmatic efforts of the NCC and CWS. These efforts help us fulfill our purpose through open discussion on topics of concern and interest to the Church.

Rotation forums scheduled for 2006 were:

w Human Biotechnologies, Exploring "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made"
w Durable Solutions for Displaced People
w Ending the Poverty that Kills
w Overcoming Hunger
w For the Peace of the World: A Christian Curriculum
w Peace and Reconciliation
w AIDS Affected Orphans and Vulnerable Children
w H2Oly Water, Climate Change, and Eco-Justice
w Water for All
w Unity and Community


General Assembly News Releases

General Assembly okays war message, bio-tech policy, climate resolutions
Edgar calls for 'Season of Healing' after the election
General Assembly okays war message

Voters seen choosing honesty, integrity, truth and justice
General Assembly meets for the Healing of the Nations

Photos from the Assembly

The photos on this page are taken by Kathleen Cameron.


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