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NCC 1998 News Service Archives

Look here for links to NCC 1998 news releases. JANUARY

January 5, 1998, NEW YORK --
Church World Service Responds Following Chiapas Massacre

January 9, 1998, NEW YORK --
Presenting the Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell, New NCC Deputy General Secretary for National Ministries

January 13, 1998, NEW YORK --
Church World Service Plans $500,000 More in Aid for North Korea

January 16, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Matches $500,000 Promised by Mrs. Helmsley

January 20, 1998, NEW YORK --
Church World Service Responds to East Coast Winter Storms

FEBRUARY

February 23, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Statement on Resolution of Tensions with Iraq

February 26, 1998, WASHINGTON, D.C.  --
Religious Leaders Disappointed at Failure of Campaign Finance Soft Money Reform

February 27, 1998, NEW YORK --
1998 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches Published

MARCH

March 11, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC "Church and Government Program" Moves to 10 Cities

March 4, 1998, NEW YORK --
In the Wake of El Niņo's Devastation, Church World Service Responds to Most Vulnerable in the U.S., Worldwide

March 12, 1998, NEW YORK --
Church World Service Refugee Resettlement Work Gets U.S. State Department Accolade

March 18, 1998, SAN FRANCISCO --
CWSW Endorses Third World Debt Forgiveness Campaign
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March 19, 1998, SAN FRANCISCO --
CWSW Affirms Economic, Social Rights as Crucial Human Rights

March 20, 1998, NEW YORK –
NCC/CWS Hail Resumption of Direct Aid Flights from U.S. to Cuba

March 1998, NEW ORLEANS, La. --
African American Church Leaders Pledge Their Support to the Struggle Against Environmental Racism

March 20, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Launches "Urgent Action" Appeal On Attempt to Muzzle Churches' Advocacy for Justice

March 25, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Head Visits South Africa with Clinton Delegation

March 25, 1998 --
Joint Statement on Nigeria by Rev. Dr. Joan B. Campbell (National Council of Churches) and Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick (United States Catholic Conference

March 26, 1998, NEW YORK ---
NCC Racial Justice Working Group Supports Jericho '98

March 26, 1998, NEW YORK   --
NCC Officials Sign Statement Urging U.S., Mexico to Bring About End of Violence in Chiapas

March 30, 1998, NEW YORK --
Church World Service to Deliver Medicine to Suffering Iraqis at Easter

APRIL

April 3, 1998, NEW YORK --
Come to the Feast!  Young Adults to Gather May 22-25

April 1, 1998, NEW YORK  --
Defeat for Congressional Proposal to Muzzle Church Advocacy

April 3, 1998, NEW YORK --
Back from Trip, NCC Head Calls for Increased Church Commitment to Africa

April 16, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Delivers Medicines to Iraqi Children's Hospitals

April 20, 1998, NEW YORK --
New York Coalition Holds Interfaith Event on April 24 World Day of Fasting for the People of North Korea

April 23, 1998, NEW YORK --
International Delegation of Religious Leaders to Discuss Religious Persecution, Best Strategies for Combating It in NCC "Voices for Religious Freedom Project"

April 23, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Responds to "March Madness" and Recent U.S. Storms and Floods

April 23, 1998, COLUMBIA, Miss. --
Women Gather for Unique National Environmental Training

April 30, 1998, WASHINGTON, DC --
International Delegation of Religious Leaders Discuss Religious Persecution, Best Strategies for Combating It

MAY

May 1, 1998, NEW YORK --
Two NCC Television Specials Look at Race in Religion and in Media

May 1, 1998, NEW YORK ---
North Korean Officials Stress That Food Need is Still Urgent

May 4, 1998, NEW YORK ----
Third Ecumenical Conference on"Mission in a New Millennium" Includes Evangelicals with Mainline Protestants, Catholics

May 12, 1998, NEW YORK  –
NCC General Secretary Writes Prime Minister of Pakistan,Asks Urgent Attention to Religious Liberty, Tolerance

May 14, 1998, NEW YORK --
News Alerts: NCC Executive Board May 18-19, New York City; Young Adult Ministries Training Event May 22-25, Atlanta; Tune in to Kids and Family II Week, June 8-14, Nationwide.

May 13, 1998 , NEW YORK --
Good Friday Strengthens Indonesian Student Leader's Resolve

May 15, 1998, WASHINGTON, D.C. --
NCC Opposes Helms' "Cuban Assistance and Solidarity Act"

May 15, 1998, NEW YORK --
A Statement on India's Testing of Nuclear Weapons, By the Rev. Dr. Joan B. Campbell, NCC General Secretary

May 17, 1998, MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- 
Church Leaders to Expand Common Witness on Mission Work

May 19, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Emergency Response Staff and Supporters Travel to Bosnia

May 20, 1998, WASHINGTON, D.C. --
Testimony of OLIVER THOMAS, NCC Special Counsel for Religious and Civil Liberties, before the United States Commission on Civil Rights Hearings on "Schools and Religion"

May 25, 1998, ATLANTA, Ga. --
Young Adults From Across the Nation "Come to the Feast"

JUNE

June 1, 1998, HAVANA, Cuba --
National Council of Churches Statement At a News Conference with Hosts Cuban Council of Churches, Delivered by the Rev. Dr. Joan B. Campbell, NCC General Secretary

June 2, 1998, WASHINGTON, D.C. --
Latest NCC Statement on Proposed Federal Legislation Addressing Religious Persecution

June 2, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC General Secretary Condemns Bomb Threat Against UFMCC Congregation

June 9, 1998, NEW YORK ---
Church World Service Responds Following Afghanistan Earthquake

June 11, 1998, HAVANA, Cuba --
News/Features on the NCC/CWS Delegation to Cuba May 30-June 2

June 12, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Statement on Nuclear Testing by India and Pakistan

June 12, 1998, NEW YORK  --
Letter to President Clinton from the NCC's Officers Hails Race Initiative, Emphasizes Its Importance

June 19, 1998, NEW YORK --
Statement on the "State of the Cities" By The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, General Secretary on Behalf of the National Council of Churches

JULY

July 10, 1998, NEW YORK --
Hope, Distress Intertwined in North Korea, Erich Weingartner Reports

July 17, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Coordinates Faith-Based Response to Florida Wildfires

July 17, 1998, NEW YORK  --
Churches Revive Visionary "Peace Pillars" For 21st Century Context

July 17, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Black Family Ministry Project on Parenting Receives Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant

July 17, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Responds to Massive Human Needs from Continuing Storm Systems

July 17, 1998, NEW YORK --
Indigenous Peoples Detail Efforts to Protect Sacred Sites in U.S. in "Sacred Sites, Sacred Rites," First Resource of Its Kind

July 29, 1998, NEW YORK --
Church World Service Responds to the Sudan Famine

July 30, 1998, NEW YORK  --
Cookies, Greenhouses & More: Church World Service Response to North Korea Famine

July 31, 1998, NEW YORK  --
NCC/CWS Deliver Medical Supplies to Cuba July 31 in NCC's First Direct Flight Since Restriction Was Lifted

AUGUST

Aug. 3, 1998, JACKSON, Miss. --
Strengthen U.S.-Africa Trade, Investment Relations, Urges Ecumenical Committee for Passage of Africa Trade Bill

August. 6, 1998, NEW YORK  --
CWS Responds to Floods, Drought in Three Devastated Areas

August 7, 1998, NEW YORK --
Gospel Singer Contributes $250,000 to NCC Burned Churches Fund

August 7, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Head Assures CWS Workers in Nairobi are Safe, Calls for Prayers for People Affected

August 12, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC General Secretary to Convene Two Upstate N.Y. Discussions on the  Political Role of the Religious Right, Aug. 19 in Corning, N.Y., and Aug. 20 in Jamestown, N.Y.

August 13, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Sends Blanket Funds to China in Wake of Severe Floods

August 18, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Spurs Four-Pronged, Interfaith Global Warming Strategy; Plan Includes Letters to President and Senators, Midwest Interfaith Conference

August 18, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Responds to Crisis in Indonesia with $2.5 Million Food for Work Program

August 18, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC General Secretary Issues Pastoral Response to President Clinton's Aug. 17, 1998, Speech

August 20, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Holds Memorial Service Aug. 20 for Victims of Embassy Bombings

August 21, 1998, NEW YORK --
A Statement on the U.S. Air Strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan, by the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, General Secretary, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.

August 26, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Officials Relieved by Verdict in Mississippi Murder Case; Recall NCC's Role in Holding 1995 Public Hearing About 1966 Klan Killing

August 27, 1998, NEW YORK --
Religious Leaders Respond to Continuing Clinton Investigation; Call for Forgiveness, Healing and Leadership

SEPTEMBER

September 10, 1998, CHICAGO --
First Alert!  NCC General Assembly Meets Nov. 11-13, 1998, in Chicago; Executive Board Nov. 9-10

September 10, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Coordinates Faith-Based Response to Texas, North Carolina Storms

September 11, 1998, WASHINGTON, D.C. –
NCC Head Reflects on White House Prayer Breakfast

September 15, 1998, NEW YORK CITY --
WNBC-TV News Director Calls Monitoring Police Scanners "Lazy News"

September 18, 1998, NEW YORK CITY --
North Korea's Food Crisis Continues, CWS Team Finds

September 18, 1998, NEW YORK CITY --
African Ambassadors Urge Passage of Fair Africa Trade Bill

September 25, 1998, NEW YORK --
U.S. Ecumenical Community Channels Aid to Caribbean After Hurricane Georges

September 26, 1998, NEW YORK --
Mr. Arafat's First Stop in New York Sept. 26 -- A Reception Hosted by the National Council of Churches

OCTOBER

October 2, 1998, NEW YORK --
National Council of Churches General Secretary Joan Campbell, President-Elect Andrew Young to Visit China Oct. 8-15

October 2, 1998, WASHINGTON, D.C. --
NCC Joins Call for More Minority Law Clerks at U.S. Supreme Court

October 5, 1998, WASHINGTON, D.C. --
NCC Deputy General Secretary Arrested at U.S. Supreme Court Rally

October 6, 1998, WASHINGTON, D.C. --
NCC Public Policy Office Offers Qualified Support for Nickles-Lieberman Bill on Religious Persecution

October 9, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Kicks Off Long-Term Welfare Reform Strategy; Multidisciplinary Group Stresses Need to End Poverty

October 9, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Expands Hurricane Georges Recovery Program in Caribbean; Ecumenical Recovery Efforts Also Underway in Gulf Coast Region

October 12, 1998, NEW YORK --
Andrew Young Lectures, Preaches: Email from NCCCUSA China Delegation

October 12, 1998, NEW YORK --
The Rev. Dr. Joan B. Campbell Comments on Religious Persecution Bill

October 13, 1998, NEW YORK -- Romanian Orthodox Church Leader Describes Delicate State of Ecumenism in Eastern Europe

October 13, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Condemns Hate Crime Against Matthew Shepard

October 16, 1998, NEW YORK ---- NCC General Secretary's Message to Middle East Peace Summit:

October 21, 1998, NEW YORK -- China's Churches: "Vital, Growing, Addressing Their Problems":

October 24, 1998, NEW YORK -- NCC Africa Committee's Mission Asks Support for Sierra Leone's "Vibrant, Steadfast Church Community"

NOVEMBER

November 5, 1998, NEW YORK -- Film "The Siege" Feeds Fear & Prejudices, Not Understanding: A Comment by the Rev. Dr. Bert Breiner, Co-Director for Interfaith Relations, National Council of Churches

November 5, 1998, CHICAGO -- Final News Alert!  NCC General Assembly Meets Nov. 11-13, Chicago; National Council of Churches' Executive Board Nov. 9-10

November 5, 1998, NEW YORK --
CWS Responds to Catastrophic Hurricane Mitch in Latin America

November 10, 1998, NEW YORK --
Update: Church World Service Responds to Hurricane Mitch

November 11-13, 1998, CHICAGO --
News From NCC General Assembly

November 25, 1998,  NEW YORK,  --
CWS Continues to Respond to Hurricane Mitch, Brings Team of Doctors to Honduras at Thanksgiving Time

November 29, 1998, CHOLUTECA, HONDURAS --
A Dust Bowl in Honduras: CWS/ACT Begin Relief Work After Mitch

November 30, 1998, HARARE, Zimbabwe ---
As Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women "Ends," Participants Point the Way Forward for Continuing to Work; Letter to WCC's 8th Assembly Addresses Priorities, Divisive Issues of Human Sexuality

DECEMBER

December 1, 1998, NEW YORK---
NCC Leaders Ask President Clinton to Forgive Debt and to Protect Central American Nationals in Wake of Hurricane Mitch

December 1, 1998, HARARE, Zimbabwe --
U.S. Women, in Africa for WCC Ecumenical Decade Festival, Witness Impact of External Debt, Press for Cancellation; U.S. Delegation Targets Sign-On Letter to Clintons, Albright, IMF, World Bank

December 10, 1998, NEW YORK --
NCC Staff Members Witness Relief and Reconstruction in Midst of Indonesia's Turmoil

December 11, 1998, NEW YORK --
1998 "Mauricio Amilcar Lopez" Human Rights Award to be Presented to the People of the Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico

News Conference 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998, San Juan, Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C--
Religious Leaders Prod Government for Strong Role in Peace Process

December 11, 1998, NEAR CHOLUTECA, HONDURAS --
"There Are No Specialties Here:"   CWS Medical Teams Bring Medicine, Care to Honduras After Mitch's Devastation

December 14, 1998, HARARE, Zimbabwe --
WCC Assembly Wrap Up -- "Together, Under the Cross in Africa," WCC Eighth Assembly Comes to a Close

December 14, 1998, HARARE, Zimbabwe --
Globalization: WCC Assembly Participants Describe Divine, Diabolical Aspects

December 14, 1998, HARARE, Zimbabwe --
WCC Assembly Issues Impassioned Plea for Debt Forgiveness

December 14, 1998, HARARE, Zimbabwe --
WCC Assembly Participants Call on the "God of Many Names"

December 18, 1998, NEW YORK, N.Y. --
A Statement on Behalf of Those Who Suffer, Occasioned by United States Military Action Against Iraq

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