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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE CHURCHES
OF CHRIST IN THE USA

GENERAL ASSEMBLY AGENDA
November 11 to 16, 2001

OAKLAND MARRIOTT CITY CENTER HOTEL
1001 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 451-4000, (510) 466-6491 FAX

Sunday, November 11, 2001

  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ecumenical Children’s Choir Workshop, Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel – Cosponsored by the NCC and the Northern California Interfaith Conference. Patrice Rosner, Associate General Secretary for Ministries in Christian Education, and Inetta Harris will direct the Children’s Choir Workshop. Ms. Harris, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Michigan Technological University and featured soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, has a tour schedule that reaches from Paris and Berlin to Seoul and Rio de Janeiro. Ms. Harris has given command performances for royalty and has appeared on the great opera and concert stages of the world. Renowned singer and choirmaster, Ms. Harris is familiar to many congregations in the Oakland area, especially her home congregation Greater Cooper AME Zion. – The California and the Oakland Rooms
  • 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Nominations Committee Dinner Meeting at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel. – Room TBA
  • 8:30 p.m. Reception and Orientation for Work Project Volunteers at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel. Pick up your work apron. – A. J. Toppers

Monday, November 12, 2001

  • 9:00 a.m. Leave from Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel for tour of Habitat for Humanity work sites in the Bay Area.
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Nominations Committee Meeting – OCC 203
  • 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Black Church Liaison Committee Meeting and Dinner – OCC 201
  • 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Officers and General Secretary’s Care and Assessment Committee Dinner Meeting at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel. – A. J. Toppers
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Orientation for Moderators, Recorders and Observers (if needed) – OCC 202

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

  • Morning set up for displays – Jewett Ballroom
  • 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Prayer Chapel will be OPEN for General Assembly Delegates and their guests to pray and meditate. (Location to be POSTED at the Assembly Registration Desk.)
  • 7:00 a.m. Caucus Meetings as Requested – OCC 201/202
  • 7:00 a.m. Officers Breakfast at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel. – A. J. Toppers
  • 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration – Jewett Atrium
  • 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Executive Board Meeting with Heads of Communion, lunch is served – Simmons #1, 2, 3, 4

EXECUTIVE BOARD AGENDA

  • 9:00 a.m.Opening Devotions --

  • 9:20 a.m.Announcements and Approval of October 2001 Minutes – Andrew Young, President

  • 9:30 a.m.Review of General Assembly Agenda

  • 9:45 a.m.Finance and Administration Report – Phil Young, Chair

    • Resolution #1 – Approval of FY 2000-2001 Audit

    • Executive Session – Review of Personnel Matters related to FY 2001-2002 Revised Budget

  • 11:45 a.m.Return to Open Session

        • Resolution #2 – Approval of FY 2001-2002 Revised Budget

        • Resolution #3 – Establishment of Substantive Reflection Task Group

    • 12:15 p.m.Light Lunch

    • 12:45 p.m.Adjournment

  • 12:00 Noon Racial Ethnic Caucus Luncheon – A. J. Toppers

THE NCCC GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. General Assembly Opening Session – Jewett Ballroom
    • ECUMENICAL WORSHIP – Local Music and Singing (Planned by Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner)

Bishop Beverly Shamana, United Methodist Area Bishop, Preaching – Author of Seeing in The Dark: A Vision of Creativity and Spirituality

    • PRESIDENT’S WELCOME AND OPENING STATEMENT -- Ambassador Andrew Young
    • CALIFORNIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES’ WELCOME TO DELEGATES – The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, President
    • NOMINATIONS REPORT AND SEATING OF VOTING DELEGATES – Bishop McKinley Young
    • CREATIVE INTRODUCTIONS AND CONVERSATIONS – Dr. Bob Edgar
    • GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT TO THE ASSEMBLY – Dr. Bob Edgar
    • World Council of Churches’ Delegation – Words of Comfort and Prayers for Healing – Members of the delegation will include:

    Bishop Mvume Dandala, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and Moderator of the WCC Advisory Group on Regional Relations; Bishop Dandala will lead the delegation.

    Metropolitan Elias Audi, of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, from Beirut, Lebanon

    Bishop Samuel Azariah, General Secretary, Church of Pakistan, member of the WCC Central Committee

    Mrs Jean Zaru, Presiding Clerk, Religious Society of Friends, Ramalah, Palestine

    Rev. (Ms) Septemmy Lakawa, Teacher at the Jakarta Theological Seminary, member of the WCC Executive/Central Committees, Indonesia

    Rev. Jean-Arnold de Clermont, President of the French Protestant Federation, Reformed Church of France

    Rev. Fr. Nicholas Balachov, Secretary of Inter-Orthodox Relations, Department of External Affairs, Russian Orthodox Church.

  • 3:30 p.m. Break – Jewett Foyer
  • 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Ten Conversation Groups – Rooms TBA

Ten Conversation Groups, led by Ecumenical Officers from NCCC Member Communions, will reflect on the horrific events of the September 11th and the implications for the future of our ecumenical life together. These dialog sessions will give voice to the questions such as these:

  • How do we feel? What do we need? What are we doing to cope? Where should we be going as a Council? How should we reflect on all of this in relationship to our Poverty Mobilization and Expanded Table priorities?
  • What questions do you bring to this table?
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Plenary Reports from Conversation Groups – Jewett Ballroom
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Delegation Dinners
    • AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES IN THE USA – Simmons 2 & 3
    • CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) – Located Offsite
    • CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN – OCC 202
    • EASTERN AND ORIENTAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES – Located Offsite
    • EPISCOPAL CHURCH – Simmons 4
    • EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA – Simmons 1
    • INT’L COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY CHURCHES – OCC 203
    • PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U. S. A.) - Oakland
    • REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA – OCC 201
    • UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST - Located Offsite
    • THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH – A. J. Toppers
  • 8:30 p.m. Sneak Preview of JUDAS AND JESUS, an ABC Television Network movie, produced by Rev. Frank Desiderio, President of Paulist Productions. The movie was written by Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide) and stars Johnathon Schaech (Houndini, That Thing You Do), Bob Gunton (Shawshank Redemption) and Tim Matheson (West Wing). Bill Conti (Rocky, The Academy Awards) did the music. It tells the story of Jesus, but from Judas’ point of view. The first century religious and political social history of Palestine are the backdrop of the story. {Popcorn will be provided…} – Jewett Ballroom
  • 10:30 p.m. Open Conversation with the General Secretary – A. J. Toppers

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

  • 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Prayer Chapel will be OPEN for General Assembly Delegates and their guests to pray and meditate. (Location to be POSTED at the Assembly Registration Desk.)
  • 7:00 a.m. Caucus Meetings as Requested – OCC 202
  • 7:00 a.m. Heads of Communions Meeting and Breakfast, joined by WCC Delegation – A. J. Toppers
  • 9:00 a.m. General Assembly – Jewett Ballroom
    • OPENING PRAYER
    • EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT
    • OFFICERS REPORT
    • ANNUAL REPORT FROM CHURCH WORLD SERVICE AND WITNESS – The Rev. John McCullough, Executive Director
    • REPORT FROM THE NCC DELEGATION TO LATIN AMERICA – Bishop Melvin Talbert
    • ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE BIBLE TRANSLATION AND UTILIZATION COMMITTEE – Bob Edgar
  • 11:30 a.m. Worship Celebration– Planned by the Rev. Patrice Rosner, Associate General Secretary for Ministries in Christian Education, featuring the Ecumenical Children’s Choir under the leadership of Inetta Harris and the beginning of the NCCC Member Communion Quilt
  • 12:15 noon Lunch (Everyone is free to enjoy lunch on their own.)
  • 12:15 noon Women’s Caucus Lunch – A. J. Toppers
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. General Assembly – Jewett Ballroom
    • Keynote presentation – Dr. Tony Campolo, professor emeritus of Sociology at Eastern College in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. He is founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE). Dr. Campolo is a media commentator of religious, social and political matters. He is an ordained minister, has served American Baptist Churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Campolo is the author of 28 books, his most recent titles are Revolution and Renewal: How Churches Are Saving Our Cities (Westminster John Knox) and Let Me Tell You a Story: Life Lessons From Unexpected Places and Unlikely People (WORD).
    • FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE REPORT – Philip Young, Chair
      • RESOLUTION #1 – Acceptance of FY 2000-2001 Audit
    • POVERTY MOBILIZATION REPORT – Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Associate Director for Public Advocacy
      • RESOLUTION #2 – Recommendations for Action on the Poverty Mobilization
    • RESOLUTION #3 – (To be determined, as needed)
  • 3:45 p.m. Break – Jewett Foyer
  • 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Workshop Groups – Locations TBA

WORKSHOPS FOCUSED ON THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES PRIORITIES AND PARTNERSHIPS, including such topics as:

  • Building a Strong Base – Resourcing Congregations for Spiritual Formation – Patrice Rosner
  • Interfaith Dialogue in a Challenging Environment – Jay Rock
  • Faith and Order Challenges – Sister Paul Teresa Hennessee
  • Poverty Housing and Habitat
  • Children of Poverty – Ms. Karina Moreno, Children’s Defense Fund, California
  • Partnering With Those Who Feed Us; Farm Worker Organizing and the Church – Virginia Nesmith, National Farm Worker Ministry
  • Tools For Building a New Ecumenical "Something" – Bob Edgar
  • Climate Change, Environment and the Church – Richard Killmer
  • State/Local Councils of Churches and Interfaith Councils in relation to/with the National Council of Churches – Brenda Girton Mitchell
  • Fundraising in a Broken World – John Briscoe
  • 6:15 p.m. Ecumenical Reception Honoring Outgoing NCCC President Andrew Young – Jewett Foyer
  • 6:45 p.m. SACRIFICIAL DINNER Celebration Honoring Ecumenical Leaders – Jewett Ballroom
    • OUTSTANDING ECUMENICAL PROGRAM AWARDS
    • ECUMENICAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS
      • President’s Awards
      • General Secretary’s Awards
      • BTU Scholarship Awards
  • 10:00 p.m. Open Conversation with the General Secretary - California

Thursday, November 15, 2001

  • 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Prayer Chapel will be OPEN for General Assembly Delegates and their guests to pray and meditate. (Location to be POSTED at the Assembly Registration Desk.)
  • 7:00 a.m. Caucus Breakfasts as Requested
  • 9:00 a.m. Worship – Local Music (Planned by The Rev. John McCullough) – Jewett Ballroom
  • 9:45 a.m. General Assembly – Jewett Ballroom
    • Keynote Presentation - Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Immediate Past President of the Islamic Society of North America, serves as the Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County and is an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies and World Religions at the California State University in Fullerton. He graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah with an advanced degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, and earned an M.S. in Theology from Birmingham University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Harvard. He has worked with many Islamic organizations throughout the world and served as the Chairman of the Department of Religious Affairs at the Muslim World League office to the United Nations and USA. Dr. Siddiqi is Vice President of the Academy of Judaic-Christian and Islamic Studies in California and is a member of the Supreme Islamic Council of Egypt and the Supreme Council of Mosques in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
    • Report on Expanded Table Progress and Possible Resolutions Related to that Process
    • RESOLUTION #4 – Recommendations for Action on the Expanded Table
    • BYLAWS COMMITTEE REPORT – Loyd Starrett, Chair
    • 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.
  • 12:00 noon Box Lunch Two-by-Two Mystery Conversations – Jewett Foyer
  • 1:30 p.m. General Assembly – Jewett Ballroom
    • REPORT OF THE FAITH AND ORDER COMMISSION – Dr. Paul Meyendorff
    • Introduction of Sister Paul Teresa Hennessee, Interim Director of Faith and Order
    • Faith and Order Consultation in North America – An Open Dialogue
    • Diversity and Community Statement – Brief Report – Mr. Antonios Kireopoulus, Secretary General, United States Conference of Religions for Peace
    • Additional Business, as 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.
  • 3:30 p.m. Buses depart for all who are processing in the service of worship and installation for the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension.
  • 4:15 p.m. Buses depart Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel for Worship and Dinner Celebration Honoring NCCC’s next President, Elenie Huszagh, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602 – (510) 531-3400 or (531-3711 fax).
  • 5:00 p.m. Service of Worship and Installation – The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension
  • 7:00 p.m. Banquet in Honor of President Elenie Huszagh – The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension
  • 9:30 p.m. Estimated time buses depart the Cathedral for the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel
  • 10:30 p.m. Open Conversation with the General Secretary

Friday, November 16, 2001

  • 8:30 a.m. Leave from Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel for Habitat for Humanity Work Day in the Oakland area (THIRD TEAM) – Participants are encouraged to pick up "Work Aprons" at the Registration Desk. All General Assembly Delegates are encouraged to participate in any or all of the Work Teams. More details to follow.

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