2014 Christian Unity Gathering

The Inaugural Christian Unity Gathering will be held at the Hilton Washington Dulles in Herndon, VA outside Washington, DC May 18-20, 2014. The event will be a celebration of ecumenism. The NCC currently has two priorities: interreligious relations with a focus on peace and mass incarceration. Public sessions at the CUG will be an opportunity to learn more about Mass Incarceration and what we can do together to help contribute to a solution to this crisis.

The program will include ample opportunity for all attendees to engage with one another through group discussion, input from expert resource people to help inform our discussion, and celebratory service with words from the new President and General Secretary Jim Winkler and interfaith guests as well as Governing Board and Convening Table meeting times.


The deadline for online registration has now passed. Registration is onsite only. The fee for NCC attendees for onsite registration is $350 and includes all meals, sessions, and breaks. Members of the public wishing to attend the morning plenary sessions or the evening film sessions that are open to the public may register onsite as well for a nominal fee. No meals are available to members of the public who did not register in advance.

Hotel Details:
Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
13869 Park Center Rd. Herndon, VA 20171

The deadline to book rooms in the NCC block has passed. Please contact the hotel directly to inquire whether there are any rooms available at the regular rate. In the event the Hilton is sold out, the hotels below are close by:

Hyatt Place Herndon-Dulles Airport
(571) 643-0905

Staybridge Suites Herndon-Dulles
(703) 713-6800

Hyatt Dulles
(703) 713-1234

Sheraton Herndon-Dulles Airport
(571) 643-0950

Westin Washington Dulles Airport
(703) 793-3366

Hotel Shuttle Information:
Upon arriving at Dulles Airport follow signs for Aerotrain (Concourse A, B, or C) or Shuttle (Concourse D) to Main Terminal. Once at Main Terminal proceed up to the Baggage Claim/Ground Transportation level and use either Door 2 or Door 6 to exit to the stop for the hotel shuttle.


Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) is the closest and hotel provides free shuttle to/from the airport. United is the biggest airline at Dulles however Delta, American, US Airways, Jet Blue, Virgin America, Southwest, and a number of other smaller airlines also serve Dulles.

Washington National Airport is about 30 miles away and is served by US Airways, American, United, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and others. Taxi to the hotel is approximately $60.

Link to Google Map of hotel location for driving directions: http://bit.ly/1lL23A5
Parking is complimentary.

The closest Amtrak Station is Union Station in Washington, DC. Taxis are readily available and the cost of the trip to the hotel is approximately $60. Or, for public transit options from Union Station to Dulles Airport to use thehotel shuttle, visit Metro Trip Planner website at http://www.wmata.com/tripplanner.



Sunday, May 18, 2014
Travel Day – Participant to check-in to Hotel
• 4:00pm - 6:00pm: United Methodist Participant Meeting
• 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Convening Table Orientation
• 6:00pm - 9:00pm: Executive Committee Dinner and Meeting
- Dinner buffet starts at 5:30pm for NCC staff, volunteers, and Executive Committee members
• 7:00pm - 8:00pm: Affinity Group Reception – race, gender, economic, age and disability
• 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Choir Rehearsal

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Morning Session
• 7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast
• 8:00am - 9:15am: Joint Opening Session, “New Way of Life Together”, including Bible Study by the Rev. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary of American Baptist Church, USA and Governing Board Chairperson of NCC
• 9:15am - 9:45am: Break
- For Such a Time as This book signing with Kathryn Lohre and other contributors as available
• 9:45am - 12:00pm: Councilwide Priority Session #1 – Mass Incarceration
- Dr. Iva Carruthers – Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
- Dr. Marian Wright Edelman – Children's Defense Fund
- Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear – Howard Divinity School
- Jim Wallis – Sojourners
Afternoon Session
• 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
• 12:45pm - 1:15pm: Choir Rehearsal
• 1:30pm - 3:00pm: Celebration Service including interfaith guests and inaugural speech by Jim Winkler, National Council of Churches President and General Secretary
• 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Reception
• 3:30pm - 6:00pm: Convening Table and Committee Meetings
Evening Session
• 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner
• 6:00pm - 8:00pm: WCCR Dinner Meeting
• 8:00pm: "Hard Road Home" Film and Q&A with Julio Medina, the main character of the film and Director of Exodus Transitional Community (see below for more information)
• 8:00pm - 10:00pm: Governing Board Session

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Morning Session
• 7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast
• 7:00am - 8:00am: Ecumenical Officers and Governing Board Members' Breakfast
• 8:00am - 8:30am: Worship
• 8:30am - 10:00am: Councilwide Priority Session #2 – Mass Incarceration (With grassroots ministry leaders and table talk engagement among all participants)
- Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith
- Julio Medina
- Bill Mefford
• 10:00am - 10:30am: Break
• 10:30am - 12:00pm: Convening Table Sessions with Governing Board members
Afternoon Session
• 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
• 1:30pm - 3:30 pm: Joint Convening Table Session with Governing Board members
• 3:30pm - 4:00pm: Break
• 4:00pm – 6:00pm: Meetings
- LRE meeting with dinner served
- Governing Board full meeting
• 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Affinity Group Reception
• 5:30pm - 6:30pm: Dinner
• 6:30pm - 9:30pm: "The House I Live In" Film (see below for more information)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
• 8:00am - 11:30am: Local Regional Ecumenism Committee meets



Monday: "Hard Road Home"
Odds are that if you go to prison and are lucky enough to get out, you’ll be going back sometime soon. Julio Medina, however, beat the odds. A drug-dealing gang leader when he entered prison, Julio left 12 years later a changed man. He created Exodus Transitional Community, a program in Harlem dedicated to breaking the cycle of incarceration that ensnares so many. The trick to Exodus is that its staff knows firsthand what it’s like to go to jail. They’re all ex-cons – the baddest group of do-gooders around, who reach out to their clients like nobody else can. Hard Rode Home tells the story of this high–risk, high-drama world and the extraordinary task of turning around the fate of any person born into it.

Session includes Q&A with Julio Medina, the main character of the film and Director of Exodus Transitional Community.

Tuesday: "The House I Live In"
Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications. The film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities.