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1999 NCC News Archives

Details, National Council of Churches 50th Anniversary Fete

November 9-12, 1999, Cleveland, Ohio – the NCC's Birthplace in 1950

Help celebrate the National Council of Churches' 50th anniversary as it returns to its birthplace, Cleveland, to explore the challenges facing people of faith on the eve of a new millennium.

Events are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis as long as space is available. Tickets are required for all events except morning worship, General Assembly business sessions and the CROP WALK! A listing follows. Times may shift slightly. Plenaries appear in boldface.

Daily registration of $45 ($55 when lunch is included) covers forum admissions. Ask about the full conference enrollment option! For more information, check the NCC's Web site (www.ncccusa.org) or phone 1-800-328-NCCC (code: 1999) before Oct. 29, or call the NCC Cleveland 50th Anniversary Office, 216-736-3207. Or register on site Nov. 8-12.

 

On-Site Registration Hours and Locations:

Monday, November 8, Noon - 6:00 p.m., Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel, Sixth Floor

Tuesday, November 9, 7:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Cleveland Convention Center, Main Lobby

Wednesday, November 10, 7:30 a.m. -8:00 p.m., Cleveland Convention Center, Main Lobby

Thursday, November 11, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Cleveland Convention Center, Main Lobby

Friday, November 12, 7:30 a.m. -Noon, Cleveland Convention Center, Main Lobby

The NCC's Web site (www.ncccusa.org) includes a 50th anniversary section, which will be updated daily during the week with news & feature stories, photos and audio clips.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9

November 9 – 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Little Theater, Cleveland Convention Center.

Worship to draw us together as the one body of Christ that we are. Daily themes will include Sharing God's Word, Witnessing for Justice, Rebuilding Lives and Growing Together. (No tickets required; admission is free.)

Nov. 9 -- 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, One Key Plaza.

Forum 1: Gospel, Culture and Music: The Impact of Rock and Roll Culture on America. Explore how the Gospel has influenced this genre and how 50 years of rock and roll have changed the way many understand the Gospel. (Includes Anniversary Welcome Luncheon.)

Nov. 9 -- 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 2: The Churches' Commitment to Public Education at the Edge of a New Century. Featuring David Hornbeck, Superintendent of the Philadelphia Public Schools; the Rev. Oliver Thomas, NCC Special Counsel on Religious and Civil Liberty; Jerry Warren, Julie Petersen and the Rev. Dave Brown of the Comprehensive Health Education Project, Seattle, Wash., and representatives of Cleveland-area congregations experienced in working with public schools. (Includes Anniversary Welcome Luncheon.)

Nov. 9 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 3: Theology and Ecumenism. Explore theological advances, including many bilateral and multilateral accords among churches, during the past 50 years, and consider current challenges. Leaders include the Rev. Dr. William Rusch, Director, NCC Faith and Order Commission.

Nov. 9 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 4: Living Faithfully in America: A Multifaith Conversation. Consider how Christians and adherents of other religions deal with issues of diversity and seek to live faithfully in an increasingly multifaith America. Leaders will include Imam Fawaz Damra, Imam of the Islamic Center of Cleveland; Prof. Peter Junger, representative of the Cleveland Shin Buddhist community, and the Rev. Bert Breiner and Dr. Jay T. Rock, Co-Directors, NCC Interfaith Relations Commission.

 

Nov. 9 -- Noon - 2:00 p.m. Public Auditorium, Cleveland Convention Center.

National Council of Churches' 50th Anniversary Welcome Luncheon, keynote address by South African Anglican Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu; hosted by His Honor Michael R. White, Mayor of Cleveland, and featuring special music, introduction of guests including ecumenical leaders from around the world, and a celebration of the NCC's history. (Cost included in full conference enrollment, or purchase tickets separately at $20.00 each.)

Nov. 9 -- 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Leaves from Cleveland Convention Center.

Does the River Still Burn? An Environmental Justice Tour. Bus tour of the environmental degradation in Cleveland and the creative effort underway to respond to it. With leadership from Virginia Aveni, Manager, Environmental Planning of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. (Tickets $20.00)

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

November 10 – 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Little Theater, Cleveland Convention Center. Worship to draw us together as the one body of Christ that we are. Daily themes will include Sharing God's Word, Witnessing for Justice, Rebuilding Lives and Growing Together. (No tickets required; admission is free.)

Nov. 10 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 5: Jubilee 2000. Learn more about this initiative to cancel the crushing debt of impoverished countries, giving them a "fresh start" in the new millennium. Led by Carole Collins, Coordinator, Jubilee 2000/USA, and the Rev. Dr. Rodney Page, NCC Deputy General Secretary and Executive Director, Church World Service.

Nov. 10 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 6: The Living Word: Translating the Good Book at the NCC. Meet Bible scholars who translated the Revised Standard Version Bible, published in 1952, and the New Revised Standard Version Bible (1989), and screen a new documentary, The Bible Under Fire, which will be aired later in November on the Odyssey Network. Forum leadership will include the Rev. Dr. Randall C. Bailey, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Interdenominational Theological Seminary, Atlanta; the Rev. Dr. Bruce M. Metzger, Chair of the Standard Bible Translation Committee and Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary, and the Rev. Dr. David J. Lull, Director, NCC Bible Translation and Utilization Program.

Nov. 10 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 7: Campaign 2000. Review what public policy issues the candidates are promoting, and join in discussing what churches think the issues should be.

Nov. 10 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 8: The Prison-Industrial Complex: Modern Slave Trade. Learn about this emerging business in which financial interests and government officials benefit from the spiraling number of prisoners – at two million, the largest prison population in the world -- and explore the churches' moral responsibility to address this urgent issue. Led by the Rev. Dr. Nozomi Ikuta, Liberation Ministries, Division of the American Missionary Association, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, and Andrea Smith, member of Critical Resistance.

Nov. 10 – Noon. Dorothy Fuldheim Ballroom, Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel.

Women's Caucus Luncheon. The Dr. Rev. Emily Chandler, on the faculty of Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions, will address "Health, Healing and Wholeness in Professional Church Life." (Tickets $20.00)

Nov. 10 -- Noon - 3:00 p.m. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 9:- 20/20 Vision: The Practice of Ecumenism in the New Millennium (includes luncheon). Tap the experience and creativity of ecumenical and interreligious organizations at the grassroots. Examples of the successful innovation that abounds among local, state and regional ecumenical organizations will be recognized at the Ecumenical Service Awards presentation during the forum.

Nov. 10 – 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 10: Justice for Women: Beyond the Ecumenical Decade. This forum will deal in substantive ways with issues emerging from the Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women and from the United Nations Decade for Women and the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Led by the Rev. LaVerne Gill, Pastor, Dexter United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor, Mich., and members of the NCC Justice for Women Working Group.

Nov. 10 -- 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 11: Ending Poverty as We Know It at Home and Around the World. Grapple with how we, as people of faith, can take the lead in efforts for equitable global distribution of resources and power. Led by the Rev. Dr. Molefe Tsele, Executive Director, Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation in South Africa, and Dr. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University at Burnaby, British Columbia.

Nov. 10 -- 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel.

NCC General Assembly Business Session Opens. Observe the NCC's top policy setting body at work. The afternoon's draft agenda includes vote on a new "Interfaith Relations Policy Statement." (No tickets required; admission is free.)

Nov. 10 -- 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Leaves from Cleveland Convention Center.

Jubilee CROP WALK and Celebration. Starting at the Convention Center, participants will make a short walk through the area as a witness that, together, we can make a difference. Some 2,000 CROP WALKS to raise funds to fight hunger are held in communities across the United States every year. (No tickets required; admission is free.)

Nov. 10 -- 3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 12: Reading the Good Book Today and in the New Millennium. Harvard professor and New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Gomes (Reading the Good Book) will lead on what the Bible's ancient wisdom has to say to us today in our fast-paced, complex lives.

 

Nov. 10 -- 7:30 - 9 p.m. Public Auditorium, Cleveland Convention Center.

"The Great Conversation." Come share your visions and dreams for ecumenism in the 21st century with leaders of mainline, evangelical, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal churches. Hosted by Darlis Swan, Assistant Ecumenical Officer, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, and Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville. Imaginative, interactive setting. (Tickets required; free.)

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11

Nov. 11 – 7 a.m. State and Local Ecumenism Breakfast.

 

Nov. 11 – 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Little Theater, Cleveland Convention Center. Worship to draw us together as the one body of Christ that we are. Daily themes will include Sharing God's Word, Witnessing for Justice, Rebuilding Lives and Growing Together. (No tickets required; admission is free.)

Nov. 11 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 13: Challenging Racism. Join a diverse group of presenters in an interactive setting to seek ways to eradicate racism and overcome its stigma. The discussion will center on the Consultation on Church Union's "Call to Christian Commitment and Action to Combat Racism" and will contribute to a new NCC policy on racial justice and reconciliation. Led by the Rev. Dr. George Tinker, author, theologian and Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions, Iliff School of Theology, Denver.

Nov. 11 -- 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 14: The Faith Communities and Universal Health Care Summit (includes luncheon). Representatives of local congregations, community groups and denominations will share stories of the health care crisis and models of organizing with the goal of putting universal health care back on the national agenda in the Year 2000 campaign.

Nov. 11 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 15: Welcoming Strangers: The Ministry of Entertaining Angels Unawares. Reflect on our Christian calling to "welcome the stranger" – that is, to join in ministry to refugees and other uprooted people. Led by William Sage, Interim Director, Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program; Richard Parkins, Executive Director, Episcopal Migration Ministries; Joe Roberson, Interim Associate Director, CWS/IRP, and Nga Nguyen, Executive Director, Interfaith Refugee Services of Ohio.

Nov. 11 -- 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel.

Assembly Business Session. The morning's draft agenda includes action on a new NCC policy on public education, and a resolution on health care. (No tickets required; admission is free.)

Nov. 11 -- 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 16: Inclusiveness and Justice. Review progress and pitfalls toward a more inclusive society. Leaders include the Rev. James Lawson Jr., Founder of the student arm of the civil rights movement and retired Senior Minister, Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles.

Nov. 11 -- 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 17: Pillars of Peace: O. Frederick Nolde Memorial Lecture on Human Rights. Two speakers will share the lecture: Dr. Charles Amjad-Ali from Pakistan, Visiting Professor in Justice and Christian Community at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., on human rights and Islam, and Dr. Janice Love, Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, University of South Carolina, on the work of the World Council of Churches Board for International Affairs, which she moderates. Also with Mia Adjali, Executive Secretary, United Nations Office, Women's Division, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, and Alicia Nebot, Associate for Global Education and Advocacy, United Church of Christ Board for World Ministries.

Nov. 11 -- 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel.

NCC General Assembly session continues. (No tickets required; admission is free.)

 

Nov. 11 -- 5:30 p.m. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Ave.

Installation of Ambassador Andrew Young as the National Council of Churches' New President and the consecration of our commitment to the future of ecumenism. Ecumenical liturgy will feature the Shaker Heights High School Choir, greetings by Cleveland Roman Catholic Bishop Anthony Pilla, sermon by the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Cleveland. Worship leaders include Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund; Dr. Robert Franklin, President of the Interdenominational Theological Center, and other long-time colleagues of Ambassador Young and NCC officers. (Tickets required; free.)

Nov. 11 -- WCLV-FM 95/5 radio, Cleveland, will carry the installation of Ambassador Andrew Young on local broadcast and international "Web cast" beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time URL is www.wclv.com.

Nov. 11 -- 8:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square.

Anniversary Banquet, celebrating our life and future together. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other members of the U.S. ecumenical delegation to Belgrade that freed the three U.S. soldiers in May will be among honored guests; his daughter, Santita Jackson, will sing. (Tickets $50)

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12

Nov. 12 – 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Little Theater, Cleveland Convention Center. Worship to draw us together as the one body of Christ that we are. Daily themes will include Sharing God's Word, Witnessing for Justice, Rebuilding Lives and Growing Together. (No tickets required; admission is free.)

Nov. 12 -- 10 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 18: The Church in the City: A Symposium and Update. The NCC salutes the fifth anniversary of "The Church in the City," a pioneering ecumenical and interfaith initiative originated by the Most Rev. Anthony M. Pilla, Bishop of Cleveland. Besides Bishop Pilla, leaders will include Sr. Rita Mary Harwood and Mr. Rich Krivanka, Co-Chairs of "The Church in the City," and the Rev. Robert Strommen, Association Minister, Western Reserve Association, United Church of Christ.

Nov. 12 -- 10 a.m. - Noon. Cleveland Convention Center.

Forum 19: Faith and Public Action: Perspectives on Faith-Based Organizing. Hear how Faith-Based Organizing for Northeast Ohio and the Akron Area Association of Churches are helping move people of faith into the arena of public action to achieve economic and social justice. Led by the Rev. Dr. Dennis Sparks, Director, Akron Area Association of Churches.

Nov. 12 -- 10 a.m. - Noon. Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel.

Assembly Business Session concludes. Draft agenda includes election of a new NCC General Secretary (incumbent the Rev. Dr. Joan B. Campbell retires at the end of this year); vote on a new policy, "Pillars of Peace for the 21st Century," and resolutions on child soldiers and on the international criminal court. (Admission is free.)

 

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK …

"Artistry as Gift and Calling," a special arts program being mounted Nov. 7-12 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration, sponsored by the Center for Arts and the Church at The First Presbyterian Church in New York City. All events are free; venues include The Old Stone Church and Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, the Anniversary Bookstore (Convention Center R205B/C) and the Prayer Chapel (Convention Center R207). In addition, the Bookstore will feature several book signings; the Exhibit Area (Convention Center Main Lobby) will include a large display of photos from the NCC's archives.

 

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