National Council of Churches Annual General
November 11-16, Oakland, Calif., Marriott City Center Hotel
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The NCCs annual General Assembly and related meetings will be held Nov. 11-16 in
Oakland, Calif. Main Venue: Marriott City Center Hotel, 1001 Broadway Avenue. The week
will be rich in content and "photo opportunities." General Assembly opens 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, and adjourns 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Ambassador Andrew Young, NCC
President for 2000-2001, to preside.
ON THE AGENDA:
** REFLECTIONS ON SEPT. 11 AND ECUMENICAL IMPLICATIONS
At one of the most broadly ecumenical national public gatherings in the United States
since Sept. 11, as many as 280 delegates from the NCCs 36 member communions
including mainline Protestant, Orthodox, African American and peace churches from all
parts of the nation will give time to reflection on the attacks and their
Conversation groups, led by ecumenical officers of NCC member communions, beginning at
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, and workshops beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, will
explore such issues as "Terrorism and Faith," "Interfaith Dialogue in a
Challenging Environment" and personal and pastoral questions including, "How do
we feel? What do we need? What are we doing to cope?" Implications for ecumenical
work, including NCC priorities to work against poverty and for broader Christian unity,
will be discussed.
A World Council of Churches delegation will address the Assembly at its opening session
(1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13) and participate in that days conversation groups. A prayer
chapel will be open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily Nov. 13-15.
** HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORK PROJECTS
Delegates volunteering to work with Habitat for Humanity on Bay Area "builds"
will meet at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, for orientation. Work teams will leave from the
hotel as follows: First team, 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12; second team, 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.
Third team, 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Each volunteer gets a "work apron" decorated
by children in churches across the United States.
** INSTALLATION OF ELENIE K. HUSZAGH AS NCC PRESIDENT 2002-2003
Venue: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. Service
of worship and installation: 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Banquet follows. Ms. Huszagh, of
Nehalem, Ore., is an attorney and lay member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
** HONORS TO OUTGOING PRESIDENT, OTHER ECUMENICAL LEADERS
Ambassador Andrew Young, the NCCs President in 2000-2001, will be honored at a
6:15 p.m. reception Wednesday, Nov. 14. The General Assemblys second annual
"sacrificial dinner" celebration honoring outstanding ecumenical programs and
leaders will follow.
** POVERTY MOBILIZATION & WORK FOR BROADER CHRISTIAN UNITY
Last year the General Assembly launched a decade-long "Poverty Mobilization"
aimed at reducing U.S. poverty and an "Expanded Table" initiative to seek a
broader Christian unity. Progress reports are scheduled for the 1:30 p.m. session
Wednesday, Nov. 14 (Poverty Mobilization) and 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 (Expanded
Table), with additional discussion during workshops on NCC priorities and partnerships
from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.
** SHAMANA, CAMPOLO GUEST SPEAKERS/PREACHERS
United Methodist Bishop Beverly Shamana, author of "Seeing in the Dark: A Vision
of Creativity and Spirituality," will preach at the Assemblys opening service
(1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13). Dr. Tony Campolo, popular evangelical preacher, writer and
commentator, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. He is professor emeritus of
sociology at Eastern College, St. Davids, Pa.
** FOCUS ON CHILDREN
The NCC and Childrens Defense Fund on Wednesday, Nov. 14, are collaborating on a
coast-to-coast focus on children. Worship at 11:30 a.m. will feature an Ecumenical
Childrens Choir (rehearsal: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11), directed by Ms. Inetta
Harris, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Michigan Technological University and featured
soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Another visual: the new NCC member communion
** BEST PRACTICES FEST
A festival highlighting a variety of models of ministry from state and local ecumenical
and interfaith bodies opens 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, and continues through 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 14.