1998 NCC News Archives
First Alert! NCC
Meets Nov. 11-13, 1998, Chicago
National Council of Churches' Executive Board Nov. 9-10
VENUE: Holiday Inn O'Hare International, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, Illinois
WHO: The 270-member General Assembly meets annually. It is the primary legislative body
of the NCC, whose 34 Protestant and Orthodox member denominations have, in turn, 52
Founded in 1950, the NCC is the nation's leading ecumenical organization and the locus
for a wide array of ministries, including humanitarian assistance (through Church World
Service), justice ministries, interfaith dialogue, education and the pursuit of greater
Christian unity. (The NCC's 50-member Executive Board is a high-level
"subset" of the Assembly.)
- Teach-In on the Pillars of Peace for the 21st Century (Tuesday).
The original "Pillars of Peace," adopted by churches in 1942, were instrumental
in the founding of the United Nations. A proposed new NCC policy on the United Nations is
based on the new pillars (first of two readings, Thursday).
- Reception of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church as the NCC's 35th
member communion (Wednesday).
- "Toward the Far Horizon of Ecumenism: A Presentation and Dialogue on Pentecostalism
Today," with special guest Dr. David Daniels, a minister in the Church of God in
Christ and Professor of Church History, McCormick Theological Seminary (Wednesday).
- Celebration of the World Council of Churches' 50th Anniversary
(7:30 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, Evanston). The WCC's Second Assembly
took place in Evanston in 1954.
- Interfaith Relations Policy Statement (first of two readings, Thursday).
- Presentations and resolutions national and global concerns, including global debt,
public education, sanctions, Christian unity, racial justice and more.
- Ecumenical Interfaith Service Recognition Awards (Thursday).
- Greetings from local, national and international guests, including the National
Conference of Catholic Bishops, Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches
and partners in South Africa, Togo and Kenya.
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