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Your coverage is welcome at the annual General Assembly of the National Council of Churches, the nation’s leading ecumenical organization, set for Nov. 14-17 in Atlanta, Ga. Opening is at 1:30 p.m. on the 14th; adjournment at 11:45 a.m. on the 17th. The General Assembly’s 250 delegates represent the NCC’s 35 Protestant and Orthodox member communions, which in turn count a total of 50 million adherents in the U.S. The member churches work together through the Council in domestic and international programs of humanitarian aid, education, witness and advocacy. Annual budget: $60 million.

NCC General Secretary ("CEO") is the Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, a former Congressman and seminary president; former Ambassador Andrew Young is the NCC’s President "Chairman of the Board") in 2000-2001. Both will bring comments near the start of Tuesday’s GA opening session.

Key agenda items (details follow):

Venue: Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. Newsroom: "Azalea A." GA Plenaries: "Ravinia I."


Media Registration: Please show media ID or letter from employer to pick up your press badge and G.A.-related documents at the general registration tables.

Newsroom Services: When the General Assembly is in session, NCC media relations staff will be in the plenary hall at the press tables. Leave messages for callbacks on the Newroom phone -- 770-551-6141 – which will offer recorded GA updates. And we’ll post G.A. news daily at The newsroom will open at least half an hour before the General Assembly convenes each day and remain open as late as needed. Media may use the newsroom workspace, phone (bring your calling card for long-distance), fax and e-mail-friendly phone line on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own laptop computer.

Details, NCC Assembly Agenda, Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 14-17

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – National Council of Churches annual General Assembly convenes. Opening statements by the Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary ("CEO") and Ambassador Andrew Young, President. Keynote address by Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary, Consultation on Church Union, on "History of the NCC’s Commitment to Ecumenism."

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m. – News media chat with the NCC General Secretary (Azalea A).

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4-6 p.m. – Expanding the Ecumenical Vision Reflection Session. Ten conversation groups will consider, "What would a new ecumenical relationship look like for the 21st century?" and "What should be its mission?" Assembly delegates and staff only; groups will report 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9 am. - noon – Conversation groups report out from Tuesday afternoon’s reflection session on mission, vision and vocation of a new ecumenical movement. Also this morning:

* Reports from Church World Service and the NCC’s Bible Translation and Utilization Committee. * American Bible Society presentation on the Jubilee Bible. * Celebration of the Episcopal/Lutheran agreement. * Worship on "Mobilization to Overcome Poverty."

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. – Recommendation for action on the "Mobilization to Overcome Poverty." Keynoters: Former Congressman William Gray, now of the United Negro College Fund, and Call to Renewal leader Jim Wallis.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3 - 5:30 p.m. – Mobilization to Overcome Poverty Reflection Session. Ten conversation groups will work on the question, "What innovative strategies should the member communions covenant together on that would effectively lead us toward achieveable goals and objectives in the fight to end poverty, especially as it impacts on children?" Assembly delegates and staff only; groups will report 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. - noon – Worship, followed by a report on the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence and the report out from Wednesday afternoon’s reflection session on the proposed "Mobilization to Overcome Poverty." Action on resolutions, including "Mobilization to Overcome Poverty," "AIDS in Africa Initiative" and "Policy Resolution on Africa." Vote to seat Alliance of Baptists as the NCC’s 36th member.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m. – NCC Faith and Order Commission reports. Addresses by the Rev. Dr. John T. Ford of Catholic University on the "Roman Catholic Vision for the Future of the Ecumenical Movement" (1:30) and by the Rev. Dr. Bernard Wilson, Executive Minister, The Riverside Church, New York City, on "Pentecostal Vision for the Future of the Ecumenical Movement" (3:30).

Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:15 p.m. – Ecumenical reception honoring NCC President Andrew Young, followed by a "Celebration Honoring Ecumenical Leadership," with awards to outstanding ecumenical program and leadership awards. (See accompanying pages for details.)

Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 a.m. – Prayer breakfast, led by the Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., Senior Minister, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Friday, Nov. 17, 9 - 11:45 a.m. – Action on the resolution "Expanding the Ecumenical Vision." Closing worship (10:30 a.m.) around the theme "Breads of the World."

Friday, Nov. 17 – Noon – NCC General Secretary available to media (Azalea A).

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