The National Council of Churches and the Church World Service capped a year of ecumenical anniversary celebrations with their annual general assembly November 9-11 at the New Orleans Marriott, welcoming religious leaders from the United States and around the world. The meeting marked the 100th anniversary of the 1910 World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, an event held by many to be the beginning of the modern ecumenical movement.
More than 400 people of faith came to New Orleans to celebrate a century of ecumenical engagement and to discuss how the churches might live and work together in an uncertain future. The Centennial Gathering of the National Council of Churches and Church World Service adjourned Thursday evening, November 11, as Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie preached in historic Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in New Orleans. McKenzie is the presiding prelate of the 13th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.