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NCC 2000 News Service Archives

Look here for links to NCC 2000 news releases. JANUARY

January 2-5, 2000, Havana and Cardenas, Cuba--NCC Cuba Trip Hopes To Win Elian Gonzalez's Return To His Father

January 4, 2000, Havana, Cuba--Statement   Of NCC General Secretary Regarding Return Of Elian Gonzalez To His Father

January 5, 2000, Cancun, Mexico--Update: NCC General Secretary Regarding INS Decision To Return Elian Gonzalez To His Father

January 8, 2000, New York, NY--Statement by Robert Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches, Regarding Elian Gonzalez

January 21, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – Elian Gonzalez's Grandmothers Plead for the Boy's Return as They Begin NCC-Facilitated Visit to the United States

January 22, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C. -- We Want to See Elian and We Want to Return with Him to Cuba, Elian's Grandmothers Tell U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno

Noon Monday, January 24, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Elian's Grandmothers on Their Way to Miami; Leave Manhattan at Noon (January 24); "Want to See Their Grandson"

Monday, January 24, 2000, MIAMI, Fla. Elian's Grandmothers Leave Miami for Washington, D.C.; As They Press Their Case There, NCC General Secretary Edgar Continues Miami Effort

January 26, 2000, MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – NCC Reflects on Elian's Grandmothers' Bittersweet Mission; Elian Gonzalez’s Return Home to His Father and Grandparents Remains Ultimate Goal

January 28, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – NCC Continues Its Pastoral Support of Elian's Grandmothers; NCC Remains "On Call" to Further Help to Reunite Elian with His Father, Grandparents

FEBRUARY

February 16, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ecumenical Community's Legislative Advocacy Priorities Complement Call to Renewal's "Covenant to Overcome Poverty"

February 18, 2000, NEW YORK CITY"Religious Pluralism: America In The Year 2000"; Theme Article, Year 2000 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches

February 18, 2000, NEW YORK CITYYearbook Of American And Canadian Churches 2000; America's Growing Theme is "Religious Pluralism"

February 18, 2000, NEW YORK CITY YEAR 2000 Yearbook Of American and Canadian Churches; A Valuable Resource For Congregations, Journalists, Scholars

February 29, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC Executive Board Approves Mission Priorities For 2000-2001

February 29, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC Executive Board Reinforces Fiscal Accountability; Receives Progress Reports, Expresses Sense Of New Beginning

MARCH

March 1, 2000, New York City--A Statement From The Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches On The Amadou Diallo Verdict

March 2, 2000, NEW YORK ---- Water Immerses Entire Cities In Mozambique, Sets Back Economy; CWS Helps Partners in Mozambique and Other Flood-Affected Countries to Respond

March 3, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNational Council Of Churches Executive Board "Weighs In" On Confederate Flag, Hotel Campaigns

March 7, 2000, NEW YORK CITY - Bring Charges Against Pinochet, NCC General Secretary Demands

March 7, NEW YORK CITY ---- NCC Earth Day Mailing Goes To 105,000 Congregations; Earth Day 2000 Coincides with Western Easter Weekend

March 7, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Religious Leaders Ask $1/Hour Increase In Minimum Wage In 2000-2001

March 7, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC General Secretary's Statement Asking Minimum Wage Hike

March 8, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Women's Rights Need U.S. Support, by Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches; A Special Feature Offered on the Occasion of International Women's Day, March 8, 2000

March 13, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- NCC President, General Secretary Urge Full Census 2000 Participation

March 14, 2000, NEW YORK CITY ---- NCC Sunday School Committee To Meet In Charleston, S.C. March 19-23; 40-Member Group Will Hold Special Worship Service Mar. 19 in Support of NAACP Sanctions

March 15, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C. NCC Joins "Interfaith Call To End Gun Violence"

March 16, 2000, NEW YORK CITYAll Can Learn From Pope's Act Of Confession, National Council Of Churches General Secretary Says

March 17, 2000, PORTLAND, Ore. -- Text of CWSW Executive Director Rodney I. Page's Speech to the Portland City Club, on "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Globalization, Debt, Sanctions"

March 21, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC General Secretary Welcomes Ruling In Elian's Case 

March 22, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC CWSW Unit Committee Meets March 16-17

March 24, 2000, NEW YORK CITYCWS Undertakes $2.6 Million Flood Recovery In Southern Africa 

March 28, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Faye Wattleton to Address Women’s History Month Celebration; Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive at 120th Street, New York City Thursday, Noon to 1 p.m. March 30, 2000

March 30,2000, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Faith Community Testifies On Foreign Aid Funding Issues

March 30, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCCCUSA/CWSW Host China Christian Council Delegation :

APRIL

April 7, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C.Jubliee 2000 Event's "Proud Sponsors" Include NCCCUSA/CWSW

April 13, 2000, ATLANTA, Ga.Church World Service Announces International Moringa Conference

April 13, 2000, NEW YORK CITYRecovery Program In Madagascar Newest In $2.6 Million CWS Response

April 18, 2000, NEW YORKNCC Interfaith Study Session In Minneapolis Connects, Supports Family Farmers Locally, Globally;April 24-26, 2000, Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis North, 2200 Freeway Blvd. :  “Agriculture, Food Security and Globalization: The Impact on Rural Sustainability,”

April 26, 2000, NEW YORK CITYChurch World Service Responds To Ethiopia Famine, Wider Drought

MAY

May 2, 2000, NEW YORK CITYCouncil's Web Site "FAQ" On NCC "Elian Project" Is Updated

May 2, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC Emphasizes Peaceful Nature Of Vieques Protests, Presses Clinton For An Immediate End To War Exercises There

May 3, 2000, NEW YORK CITYFamily Week Resources Available From The NCC

May 3, 2000, NEW YORK CITYYear 2000 Peace With Justice Week Resources Available From NCC

May 3, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Statement Of The Rev. Robert W. Edgar, NCC General Secretary On The Death Of New York Archbishop John Cardinal O'Connor

May 5, 2000, Minneapolis, Minn. -- Farmers Worldwide Need Negotiating Power, Fair Prices: Church-Based Food, Land And Agricultural Leaders Meet In Annual Session

May 12, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Interfaith Climate Change Campaign Expands To 16 States; Initiative Organizes People of Faith to Address Issue in Churches and Governments

May 17, 2000, NEW YORK CITYUMC's The Rev. John L. McCullough Named CWSW Interim Director 

May 18, 2000, NEW YORK CITY --NCCCUSA Executive Board Meets May 22-23, Washington D.C. 

May 23, 2000, Washington, D.C. --Author Richard Salem Takes The Path Of Service For Rwandan Children; “Witness to Genocide…” combines Salem’s talents to tell the survivors’ stories

May 23, 2000, Washington, D.C. --"Witness To Genocide..." Provides Healing and Hope For Rwanda; Book Released on May 23 by Friendship Press:

May 24, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C. - NCC Executive Board OKs Separate CWSW Financial Management; Context is Broader "Visioning" Process, Intensive Effort to Rebuild Council's Finances:

May 24, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rhoades: Faith Groups Raise Ethics Issues In Health Care Debate

May 24, 2000, CHICAGO, Ill.--"Come To The Feast" Event Supports Young Adult Ministry; NCC to Bring 300 People to Chicago, Ill., May 26-29

May 22, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Chaplain Keynotes Dinner Honoring NCC's Mary Cooper

May 25, 2000, NEW YORK CITY--Expedition To Distribute 20,000 Moringa Tree Seeds In Tanzania; Church World Service Among Sponsors of Outreach Along “Burton & Speke” Route

May 31, 2000, NEW YORK ---- CWSW Responds To Drought In Afghanistan and Pakistan

May 31, 2000, NEW YORKNCC General Secretary To Lead Vieques Solidarity Delegation June 1-3

May 29, 2000, CHICAGO, Ill. – Second "Come To The Feast" Trains 300 Young Adult Ministry Leaders

JUNE

June 1, 2000, NEW YORK CITYDon't Delay No Gun Ri Investigation, NCC Head Urges Defense Department

June 1, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC General Secretary Welcomes Atlanta "Elian" Ruling

June 1, 2000, NEW YORK CITYStatement Of The Rev. Dr. Robert Edgar, NCC General Secretary On The Withdrawal Of Israeli Forces From South Lebanon

June 6, 2000, NEW YORK CITY ---- Rev. Dr. Rodney Page Retires From CWS Director Post

June 9, 2000, NEW YORK CITY---- Church World Service Responds To Disasters In Indonesia

June 13, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C.Puerto Rico Church Leaders Seek Meeting With Clinton About Vieques; NCC Takes Request to White House Following Visit to Puerto Rico, Including Vieques, June 1-3

June 15, 2000, WASHINGTON, D.C.-- New Congregational Resources Support A "Shared Jerusalem"

June 15, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Assisted Suicide Study Document Available From NCC; Document Focuses on Assisted Suicide’s Danger for People With Disabilities

June 20, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Church World Service Emergency Response News Briefs

June 20, 2000, NEW YORK CITYBlock Resumption Of Bombing Tests On Vieques, NCC Urges Clinton

June 20, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCCCUSA Commends Supreme Court's June 19 Ruling On School Prayer

June 22, 2000, ATLANTA, Ga.Hope During Drought: Andrew Young Receives 20 Moringa Trees; Georgia Drought Dramatizes “Miracle Tree’s” Value for Africa, NCC President Asserts

June, 22, 2000, NEW YORK CITY-- NCC General Secretary Signs Nuclear Disarmament Statement

June 22, 2000, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- CWS Supports Exchange Program For Survivors of Bombings

June 26, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- NCC Supports Moratorium On Death Penalty; A Statement by the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, General Secretary

June 28, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- NCC SUPPORTS ELIAN GONZALEZ’ RETURN TO CUBA; A Statement by the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Edgar, General Secretary

June 28, 2000, NEW YORK -- Church World Service Kicks Off "Refugees In Crisis" Campaign; U.S Proposes Deep Cuts to Refugee Admissions and Overseas Refugee Support

JULY

July 10, 2000,  NEW YORK CITY---- Church World Service Responds To Global Emergencies

July 10 , 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC Selects Amity Teachers Of English To Go To China

July 10, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNew NCC Resources Now Available

July 11 , 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC Sends Ecumenical Delegation Of Women To North Korea

AUGUST

August 1, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- NCC Head Affirms Council's Priority Work Against Gun Violence

August 14, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Church World Service Responds to Maluku, Midwest Emergencies

August 16, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Church World Service Balkans Program Helps Rebuild Lives

August 22, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Church World Service Emergency Response News Briefs

August 22, 2000, NEW YORK CITYJoin The Accessible Congregations Campaign, NCC Head Urges 

August 29, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Updated Information: NCC Delegation to Visit Cuba September 2-7

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1, 2000, NEW YORK, N.Y.New On The National Council of Churches' Web Site: The NCC and Cuba 

September 5, 2000, NEW YORK Girton-Mitchell to Head NCC Program for Public Policy Witness

September 8, 2000 HAVANA, Cuba -- Joint Declaration of the National Council of Churches and the Cuban Council of Churches

September 12, 2000 HAVANA, Cuba -- Next Steps In Their Relationship Tops U.S., Cuban Churches' Agenda

September 12, 2000, HAVANA, Cuba -- NCCCUSA Delegation Encounters Cuban Church Life

September 13, 2000, NEW YORK CITY - UMC's John L. McCullough Confirmed as New CWS Director

OCTOBER

October 4, 2000, NEW YORK CITY NCC Board Hears "Brief" On NCC Finances, Reorganization; Moves Plans Ahead for Mobilization to Overcome Poverty, Expanding Ecumenical Vision

October 6, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC Opens Search For Communication Director

October 6, 2000, NEW YORK CITY Cuban Council of Churches Delegation Visits U.S. Oct. 10-20 

October 11, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- NCC/CWS Statement On Middle East Violence

October 12, 2000, NEW YORK CITYCWS Director Visits Former "Occupied Zone" In South Lebanon; Sees CWS-Supported Middle East Council of Churches Work to Help People Rebuild

October 12, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- Media Advisory: NCC General Assembly Nov. 14-17, Atlanta, Ga.

October 26, 2000, NEW YORK CITYNCC/CWS Celebrates Congressional Approval Of Debt Relief

October 30, 2000, NEW YORK CITYCWS Response To Ongoing Flooding In Vietnam, Cambodia, India Goes Hand In Hand With Decades Of Development Work; News Briefs on Several Other CWS Relief and Development Projects Follow

November 2, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – CWS Reopens Emergency Program in Kupang, West Timor

November 2, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – NCC's Friendship Press Publishes Second On-Line Resource

November 4, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- CWS Delays Reopening West Timor Program 

November 6, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- CWS Celebrates Victory for Refugees and Their Advocates

November 8, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – Discovery Health Channel to Feature CWS Moringa Tree Work

Index to News and Documentation
from the National Council of Churches General Assembly
Nov. 14-17, 2000, Atlanta, Ga.

Brief Overview, NCC General Assembly, Nov. 14-17, 2000

News Stories:

11/17/2000: As the NCC's Nov. 14-17 General Assembly Concluded ...
11/17/2000: NCC's Edgar Withdraws from "Christian Declaration on Marriage"

11/16/2000: Andrew Young Informs NCC Assembly of Hosea Williams' Death
11/16/2000: NCC Presents Awards to Outstanding Ecumenical Programs, Leaders
11/16/2000: Bernard Wilson Offers Pentecostal Vision for Ecumenism's Future
11/16/2000: John Ford of Catholic University Shares His Ecumenical Vision
11/16/2000: Edgar Decries Inappropriate Use of "Christian Declaration on Marriage"
11/16/2000: NCC Launches 10-Year Mobilization to Overcome Poverty
11/16/2000: Alliance of Baptists, Africa Policy on Assembly Agenda Thursday Morning

11/15/2000: William Gray, Jim Wallis Speak to NCC Mobilization Against Poverty
11/15/2000: NCC General Assembly Continues Work on Ecumenical Vision

11/14/2000: Andrew Young, Michael Kinnamon Address NCC General Assembly
11/14/2000: NCC November 14, 2000, Executive Board Meeting Report
11/14/2000: Updated Media Advisory, NCC General Assembly, Nov. 14-17, Atlanta

GA Agenda-Related Documentation:

11/17/2000: Resolution on AIDS in Africa
11/17/2000: Resolution on the Conflict in the Middle East
11/17/2000: Resolution on Vieques, Puerto Rico
11/17/2000: Resolution on "Expanding the Ecumenical Vision"
11/17/2000: Resolution in Support of Farm Workers Organizing in North Carolina

Diversity and Community: Multi-Religious Statement on Social Responsibility
11/16/2000: Text of John Ford's "Catholic Vision of Ecumenism" Address
11/15/2000: Text of Church World Service & Witness Report to the General Assembly
11/14/2000: Text of Dr. Michael Kinnamon's Keynote, "History of the NCC's Commitment to Ecumenism"

Agenda, November 14-17, 2000, NCC General Assembly
General Secretary's Report to the NCC's Year 2000 General Assembly
Ecumenical Program and Leadership Awards Program, Nov. 16, 2000

GA Resolution #1: "Mobilization to Overcome Poverty"
GA Resolution #4:
"Development of a Comprehensive Policy Statement on Africa"

Background Documents:

NCC Executive Board Action, Oct. 3, 2000, "Mobilization to Overcome Poverty"
10/24/00 Draft "Protocol for a Mobilization to Overcome Poverty"
NCC Executive Board Action, Oct. 3, 2000, "Expanding the Ecumenical Vision"
Final Report of the NCC Ecclesiology Study Task Force (11/97)
About the Alliance of Baptists

Photos & Bios:

November 20, 2000, THE HAGUE – Religious Leaders Call for Action on Global Warming; U.S. Faith Groups, at The Hague, Urge Clinton to Finish Global Warming Treaty

Link to Heads of Communion "Open Letter to President Clinton"

November 27, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – NCC, CWS Call on U.S., Vietnam to Join Mine Ban Treaty

November 30, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – NCC, CWS Endorse U.S. "Prayer Vigil  for Middle East Peace;" Ecumenical Delegation Visit Dec. 7-12 Also Has a Just, Lasting Peace as Its Goal

December 5, 2000, NEW YORK CITY -- NCC, CWS Call on U.S. to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs

December 9, 2000, JERUSALEM -- National Council of Churches Delivers Pastoral Letter in Jerusalem

Link to Stories, Photos from the Dec. 7-12 U.S. Ecumenical Delegation Visit to Jerusalem

Link to Christmas 2000 Message by Dr. Bob Edgar, National Council of Churches General Secretary

December 22, 2000, NEW YORK CITY – NCCCUSA Sends Condolences at Patriarch Diodoros I's Death


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