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AGENDA, NOVEMBER 14-17, 2000, GENERAL ASSEMBLY*
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN THE U.S.A.

Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Ga.

Tuesday, November 14, 2000

7:00 a.m. Caucus Breakfast Meetings as Requested
7:00 a.m. Officers and General Secretary’s Advisory Committee Breakfast at the Ravinia Hotel
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Black Church Liaison Committee Meeting and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Nominations Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Executive Board Meeting with Heads of Communion, lunch is served
12:00 Noon Racial Ethnic Caucus Lunch

OPENING OF THE NCC GENERAL ASSEMBLY

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. General Assembly Organizing Session

Video excerpt from - An Interview with Andrew Young, by The Veterans of Hope Project: The Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO, Interview conducted by Vincent Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding

ECUMENICAL WORSHIP – (Planned by Dr. Eileen Lindner)

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME AND OPENING STATEMENTAmbassador Andrew Young

CREATIVE INTRODUCTIONS AND CONVERSATIONSDr. Bob Edgar

GENERAL SECRETARY’S ASSEMBLY BRIEFING ON NEW STYLE OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM AND ACTION, INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON CHANGES SINCE THE CLEVELAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY. – Dr. Bob Edgar

INTRODUCTION OF THE ECUMENICAL VISION – Vision Team

History of the NCC’s Commitment to Ecumenism – Dr. Michael Kinnamon

3:30 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Expanding the Ecumenical Vision Reflection Session

TEN CONVERSATION GROUPS WORKING ON THE QUESTION: "WHAT WOULD A NEW ECUMENICAL RELATIONSHIP LOOK LIKE IN THE 21ST CENTURY?" AND "WHAT SHOULD BE ITS MISSION?" – Each group will have a moderator, recorder and observer. The following resolution, Expanding the Ecumenical Vision, was overwhelmingly adopted on October 3, 2000, by the Executive Board of the NCCC and will be part of the reflection group work:

BE IT RESOLVED by the Executive Board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA ("NCCC") as follows:

1. That the member communions of the NCCC be called upon to commit themselves to participating, with Evangelical and Pentecostal churches and with the Roman Catholic Church, in a process of discernment to ascertain what new national expression of Christian life, faith and action the Holy Spirit may enable us to bring into being in which we may be and act together.

2. To this end, the member communions of the NCCC will be called upon to participate in a fully collaborative meeting of Christian Church leaders, which will include Evangelical, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic Churches, to be held 2001.

3. That the Vision Committee be augmented by the addition of persons from the communions of the NCCC in order to be more representative of its constituency. The total membership of the Vision Committee will include the additional two (2) persons designated by the Executive Board at its May 2000 meeting.

4. That the General Secretary of the NCCC, working closely with the Vision Committee and in consultation with the Faith and Order Commission, be designated to participate with leaders from the Evangelical, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic Churches to secure formal affirmative responses in order to prepare the framework for this ecumenical gathering.

5. That the General Secretary report to the Executive Board and the members of the General Assembly the plans and timelines as developed.

6. That this Resolution, together with its rationale, be forwarded to the General Assembly for adoption and approval.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Delegation Dinners

AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES IN THE USA
CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)
CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
EASTERN AND ORIENTAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES
EPISCOPAL CHURCH
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
INT’L COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY CHURCHES
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U. S. A.)
REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

9:00 p.m. Caucus Meetings as Requested
9:00 p.m. Meeting of the moderators, recorders and observers from each of the Ten Expanding the Ecumenical Vision Reflection Groups
10:30 p.m. Open Conversation with the General Secretary

Wednesday, November 15, 2000

7:00 a.m. Caucus Breakfast Meetings as Requested
7:00 a.m. Heads of Communions Meeting and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. General Assembly

Video excerpt from - An Interview with Andrew Young, by The Veterans of Hope Project: The Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO, Interview conducted by Vincent Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding

OBSERVATIONS FROM REFLECTION SESSION NUMBER ONE ON MISSION, VISION AND VOCATION OF A NEW ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT (Report from Moderators, Recorders and Observers Group)

ANNUAL REPORT FROM CHURCH WORLD SERVICE AND WITNESSThe Rev. John McCullough, Executive Director

ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE BIBLE TRANSLATION AND UTILIZATION COMMITTEE

AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY PRESENTATION ON THE JUBILEE BIBLE

CELEBRATION OF ECUMENICAL AGREEMENTS

11:30 a.m. Worship Celebration focused on the Mobilization to Overcome Poverty – (Planned by Karen Hessel)

12:00 noon Lunch

WOMEN’S CAUCUS LUNCH

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. General Assembly

GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR: THE MOBILIZATION TO OVERCOME POVERTY - Video

RECOMMENDATION FOR ACTION ON THE MOBILIZATION TO OVERCOME POVERTY

Former Congressman William Gray, Keynote Presentation
Reflection on the Covenant to Overcome Poverty, Rev. Dr. Jim Wallis, Call to Renewal

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mobilization to Overcome Poverty Reflection Session

TEN CONVERSATION GROUPS WORKING ON THE QUESTION: "What innovative strategies should the member communions covenant on that would effectively lead us toward achievable goals and objectives in the fight to end poverty, especially as it impacts on children."

6:00 p.m. Meeting of the moderators, recorders and observers from each of the Ten Mobilization to Overcome Poverty Reflection Groups

Evening Free to Explore the Sights and Sounds of Atlanta – Suggested possibilities for fun and fellowship will be provided.

10:30 p.m. Open Conversation with the General Secretary

Thursday, November 16, 2000

7:00 a.m. Caucus Breakfasts as Requested
7:00 a.m. Gay and Lesbian Caucus Breakfast, Dr. Welton Gaddy, speaker

9:00 a.m. Worship – Local Music (Planned by The Rev. John McCullough)

9:45 a.m. General Assembly

OBSERVATIONS FROM REFLECTION SESSION NUMBER TWO ON MOBILIZATION TO OVERCOME POVERTY (Report from Moderators, Recorders and Observers Group)

RESOLUTION #1 – Mobilization to Overcome Poverty

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT
OFFICERS REPORT
CONFIRMING BALLOT ON MEMBERSHIP OF THE ALLIANCE OF BAPTISTS

RESOLUTION #2 – Nominations Committee Report
RESOLUTION #3 – AIDS in Africa Initiative
RESOLUTION #4 – Policy Resolution on Africa
RESOLUTION #5 – Acceptance and Approval of the January to June 2000 Audit

REPORT ON THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES DECADE TO OVERCOME VIOLENCE – Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky

REPORT ON THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF RELIGIONS FOR PEACE STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: A MULTI-RELIGIOUS STATEMENT ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE CONTEXT OF ETHNIC, CULTURAL, RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY IN THE UNITED STATES – Mr. Antonios Kireopoulos

12:00 noon Box Lunch Two-by-Two Mystery Conversations

1:30 p.m. General Assembly

Video excerpt from - An Interview with Andrew Young, by The Veterans of Hope Project: The Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO, Interview conducted by Vincent Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding

REPORT OF THE FAITH AND ORDER COMMISSION – Dr. Susan Davies

Faith and Order Conference in North America – Dr. William Rusch

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Roman Catholic Vision for the Future of the Ecumenical Movement Rev. Dr. John T. Ford, Catholic University (followed by questions, if time permits).

3:00 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. General Assembly

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Pentecostal Vision for the Future of the Ecumenical MovementRev. Dr. Bernard R. Wilson, Executive Minister, Riverside Church, New York (followed by questions, if time permits).

5:00 p.m. Break

6:15 p.m. Ecumenical Reception Honoring NCC President Andrew Young

7:15 p.m. Celebration Honoring Ecumenical Leadership

Sacrificial Meal

OUTSTANDING ECUMENICAL PROGRAM AWARDS

Project U Rescue, Atlanta, GA
The MICAH 6 Project in Atlanta, GA

ECUMENICAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS

President’s Awards – Ambassador. Andrew Young

Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker – Pioneer in Advocating for the Public Interest in Broadcasting and Relating the Church to the Mass Media
Mrs. Blanche LeMonn – Outstanding CROP WALK Volunteer
Ms. Gloria Jones – Outstanding CROP WALK Volunteer

General Secretary’s Awards – Dr. Bob Edgar

Tribute to Mr. Paul Gorman -- Executive Director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment

Bible Translation and Utilization Awards – Dr. Bob Edgar

Tribute to Dr. Bruce Manning Metzger – Key architect of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible
Bishop Mel Talbert
The Rev. Eugene Turner
Ambassador Andrew Young

Friday, November 17, 2000

7:30 a.m. PRAYER BREAKFAST – Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

9:00 a.m. General Assembly

Video excerpt from - An Interview with Andrew Young, by The Veterans of Hope Project: The Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO, Interview conducted by Vincent Harding and Rosemarie Freeney Harding

Resolution #6 – Expanding the Ecumenical Vision

Reports from Member Communions

REPORT FROM THE REFERENCE COMMITTEE (if needed)

OPEN DIALOGUE AND QUESTION SESSION – Delegates to address the General Assembly will be given 5 minutes to speak to the entire Assembly. This will also be the opportunity for any delegate wishing to ask questions and/or seek clarification on the policies, programs, and structure of the NCCCUSA to raise their questions.

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Breads of the World Closing Worship Celebration – (Planned by Dr. Bob Edgar)

11:45 a.m. Adjournment

* Agenda is as of 11/10/2000 -- subject to amendment during the assembly

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