New York City -- The annual General Assembly of the National Council of Churches will be held in Jackson, Miss., on Nov. 4-6, 2003. Highlights of the meeting, entitled, “The Potter’s Hand” includes the installation of the 2004-2005 GA offices, actions on social issues and discussions on the role of youth in the ecumenical movement.
The Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Mississippi and Louisiana will be inaugurated as the NCC president for 2004-2005. Dr. Hoyt, 62, is widely recognized as a theologian, preacher, pastor and Bible scholar.
A service for the installation of other officers to the 2004-2005 positions will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Anderson United Methodist Church. The Assembly also will elect new leaders for 2004-2007.
In addition to the inaugurations, the delegates to the assembly will discuss proposed actions on social issues, such as joining national boycotts of Taco Bell and Mt. Olive Pickle companies. Other proposed actions concern prescription drug costs, several international issues and next steps in the churches’ consideration together of issues posed by human genetic technologies.
The meeting will also focus on children, youth and young adults. A pre-Assembly event Nov. 3, a young adult caucus breakfast Nov 6, and the participation of 10 young adult stewards from across the U.S. will help the NCC understand the role of youth in the ecumenical church movement.
Many special guests are expected to join the 280 members General Assembly. The NCC’s member spans across 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member churches.