2018 ACT Alliance General Assembly
October 28 - November 1
Uppsala, Sweden

Events

Community of Practice on Youth Participation - Pre-Assembly Meeting Day 1

Uppsala
The pre-assembly meeting of the Community of Practice on Youth Participation will bring together 30 - 40 youth representatives of youth organisations that are associated with the ACT Alliance across the globe and who are aged between 18 years to 30 years. The meeting will offer those present, and the...
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Community of Practice on Youth Participation - Pre-Assembly Meeting Day 2

Uppsala
The pre-assembly meeting of the Community of Practice on Youth Participation will bring together 30 - 40 youth representatives of youth organisations that are associated with the ACT Alliance across the globe and who are aged between 18 years to 30 years. The meeting will offer those present, and the...
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8:30am - 7:00pm

Pre-Assembly Exposure Day on Migration and Integration

Uppsala
The pre-assembly exposure day on migration and integration will be hosted by our Swedish members – Church of Sweden and Diakonia.  It seeks to provide an opportunity for assembly participants to experience the work of churches on migration and integration in a European context.  It also provides an opportunity to get to know a bit of the context of the host country.   
14:00 - 20:00

Registration, at Church of Sweden Head Office

Church of Sweden Head Office
Assembly participants will be able to register for the assembly on the pre-assembly day at Church of Sweden Head Office.  Registration will be organised by region and participants will receive their name badges, welcome bag, and other important items.  Please note that name badges MUST be worn at all times in the UKK venue to enable full access to assembly proceedings and meals.
16:00 - 18:00

Governing Board Meeting

Radisson Blu Hotel, Uppsala
19:30 - 21:30

Governing Board Dinner

Uppsala
09:00 - 12:00

Registration (at Church of Sweden Head Office)

Church of Sweden Head Office
Assembly participants will be able to register for the assembly on Day 1 at the Church of Sweden Head Office.  Registration will be organised by region and participants will receive their name badges, welcome bag and other important items.  Please note that name badges MUST be worn at all times in the UKK venue to enable full access to assembly proceedings and meals.
11:00 - 12:00

Assembly Steering Committee Meeting

UKK
11:00 - 12:00

Public Statements Committee Meeting

UKK
12:00 - 13:30

Buffet Lunch (Floor 6 - Top Floor of UKK)

UKK
13:30 - 16:00

Created Equal- special event on gender justice, in the Main Hall

UKK
Day 1 of the Assembly provides participants with the opportunity to join a special event on gender justice. We will hear from high level church, youth, UN, and civil society leaders why they think it is imperative to work for gender justice, and celebrate and showcase our gender justice work...
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13:30 - 17:00

Registration, at UKK

UKK
Assembly participants who were unable to register at Church of Sweden Head Office before lunch on Sunday, will still be able to register for the assembly at the Assembly Information Desk at UKK.  Participants will receive their name badges, welcome bag and other important items.  Please note that name badges...
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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

UKK
18:00 - 19:30

Opening Worship, at Uppsala Cathedral

Uppsala Cathedral
Uppsala Cathedral, dating from the late 13th Century, is a church of the Church of Sweden, an evangelical Lutheran Church, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Uppsala, the primate of the Church of Sweden.  ACT Assembly’s Opening Worship will take place at the Cathedral and will be presided...
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19:30 - 22:00

Welcome Reception, at Norrlands Nation

Norrlands Nation
The Welcome Reception, hosted jointly by ACT and our Swedish hosts - Church of Sweden and Diakonia - enables the participants to be welcomed to the assembly with some short speeches and provides an informal time of food and fellowship for ACT members and guests to enjoy together.
8:30 - 9:00

Morning Worship, in Main Hall

UKK
9:00 - 11:00

Plenary 1, in Main Hall

UKK
Decision-making session The opening session of the assembly sets the scene, with welcome remarks and speeches from the Assembly Chair, ACT’s Moderator and General Secretary as well as from our hosts.  Then the assembly organises itself by affirming the agenda of the assembly, the assembly procedures and the election process. ...
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11:00 - 19:30

Hope in Action Exhibition, in Hall B

UKK
The Hope in Action Exhibition seeks to inspire assembly participants with informative, creative, interactive exhibits that reflect the work being done by ACT Alliance all over the world.  The Exhibition also welcomes some of our external partners to interact with ACT members through their exhibits. 
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

UKK
11:30 - 12:45

Plenary 2, in Main Hall

UKK
“The role of faith based actors in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with Key note speakers Plenary 2 provides an opportunity for participants to hear from our two key-note speakers – Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Carin Jämtin, Director General of Swedish International...
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13:00 - 14:30

Buffet Lunch - with opportunity for bilateral meetings, at UKK (Floor 6 – Top Floor)

UKK
13:00 - 13:25

Press Briefing, in Main Hall

UKK
14:30 - 16:00

Regional Meeting 1

UKK
Regional meetings provide an opportunity for ACT member participants to meet in their respective regional groupings to discuss key items of assembly business from a regional perspective.  In this first regional meeting, the nominations process will be concluded with an opportunity to hear from the nominated candidates.  There will also...
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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

UKK
16:30 - 18:30

Plenary 3, in Main Hall

UKK
Decision-making session Plenary 3 provides participants with an opportunity to look back on the past four years and celebrate together the achievements from this strategic period as well as reflect on some of the challenges.  The assembly will hear reports from the General Secretary and from the Governing Board as...
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18:30 - 19:00

Evening Prayer, in Main Hall

UKK
19:00 - 19:30

Assembly Steering Committee Meeting

UKK
19:30 - 21:30

Dinner, in Hall D (Ground Floor)

UKK
Asia & Pacific and Africa Regional Celebrations
21:00 - 22:30

Membership and Nominations Committee Meeting

UKK
21:00 - 22:30

Public Statements Committee Meeting

UKK
8:30 - 9:00

Morning Worship, in Main Hall

UKK
9:00 - 11:00

Plenary 4, in Main Hall

UKK
Information session Plenary four introduces the assembly participants to three of the key decision making documents, which will come back to plenary for approval later in the day in plenary 5.  These include the Engagement Model for Membership, the revised ACT Statutes and the Global Strategy for ACT Alliance 2019...
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11:00 - 19:30

Hope in Action Exhibition, in Hall B

UKK
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

UKK
11:30 - 13:00

Regional Meeting 2

UKK
Regional meetings provide an opportunity for ACT member participants to meet in their respective regional groupings to discuss key items of assembly business from a regional perspective.  In this second regional meeting, participants have the opportunity to discuss the implications of the proposed engagement model for membership, the Global Strategy...
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13:00 - 14:30

Buffet Lunch – with opportunity for bilateral meetings, at UKK (Floor 6 – Top Floor)

UKK
14:30 - 16:00

Member Conversations

UKK
Member Conversations at the assembly provide space for ACT members to engage in critical conversations relating to some topical, and sometimes controversial, issues facing the alliance.  Recommendations will be developed in the sessions to help the alliance move forward in a constructive way together.  Participants from ACT members choose one...
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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

UKK
16:30 - 18:30

Plenary 5, in Main Hall

UKK
Decision-making session Plenary 5 looks forward to the future of the alliance bringing the three documents presented in the morning session back to plenary for decision-making.  A representative from each Regional meeting has the opportunity to bring into plenary any key points for consideration as the assembly prepares to vote. ...
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18:30 - 19:00

Evening Prayer, in Main Hall

UKK
19:00 - 19:30

Assembly Steering Committee Meeting

UKK
19:30 - 21:30

Dinner, in Hall D (Ground Floor)

UKK
Latin America & the Caribbean and North America Regional Celebrations
21:00 - 22:30

Membership and Nominations Committee Meeting

UKK
21:00 - 22:30

Public Statements Committee Meeting

UKK
8:30 - 9:00

Morning Worship, in Main Hall

UKK
9:00 - 11:00

Plenary 6, in Main Hall

UKK
Decision-making session Plenary 6 starts with a report from the Chair of the Membership and Nominations Committee (MNC), Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, highlighting the work of the MNC over the past four years.  Then the slates are presented for the election of the Governing Board, election of the Officers (Moderator, Vice Moderator...
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11:00 - 19:30

Hope in Action Exhibition, in Hall B

UKK
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

UKK
11:30 - 13:00

Plenary 7, in Main Hall

UKK
Decision-making session In Plenary 7, the Public Statements Committee presents the ACT Assembly Statement for adoption by the assembly.  In addition, public statements submitted by ACT members for adoption by the assembly will also be presented.  The assembly will also have the opportunity to hear brief reports from each of...
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13:00 - 14:30

Buffet Lunch – with opportunity for bilateral meetings, at UKK (Floor 6 – Top Floor)

UKK
14:30 - 16:00

Regional Meeting 3

UKK
Regional meetings provide an opportunity for ACT member participants to meet in their respective regional groupings to discuss key items of assembly business from a regional perspective.  In this final regional meeting, there will be an opportunity to discuss any final public statements being presented for endorsement by the assembly,...
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16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

UKK
16:30 - 18:30

Free time for bilateral meetings of sightseeing in Uppsala

Uppsala
While the newly elected Governing Board holds its first meeting, there is an opportunity for participants to hold bilateral meetings or to explore Uppsala, including the possibility of guided tours in the Cathedral.
16:30 - 17:15

Joint handover meeting with outgoing and incoming Governing Boards

UKK
17:15 - 18:30

Meeting of the new Governing Board

UKK
18:30 - 19:00

Assembly Steering Committee Meeting

UKK
19:00 - 20:30

Dinner, in Hall D (Ground Floor)

UKK
Middle East and North Africa Regional Celebration
20:30 - 21:45

Europe Regional Celebration, in Main Hall

UKK
8:30 - 9:00

Morning Worship, in Main Hall

UKK
9:00 - 10:45

Ecumenical Diakonia: the joys and challenges of working together from a faith and rights based approach, in Main Hall

UKK
The General Secretaries will open the session outlining their perspectives on the importance of ecumenical diakonia and the World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance collaboration. Our keynote speaker will bring to life experiences of the challenges and joys of working together ecumenically, uniting faith and rights approaches in ecumenical...
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10:45- 11:15

Coffee Break

UKK
11:15 - 12:30

Celebrating ecumenical diakonia in practice – Part 1: Peacebuilding and prophetic diakonia: learning from DiPaz, the Inter-Church Dialogue for Peace in Colombia, in Main Hall

UKK
ACT members and churches involved in DiPaz will provide an in-depth case study of the programme and what it has achieved at a community and national level, as well as links to regional and global advocacy processes including the Ecumenical UN Office in New York.   Working in small groups using...
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12:30 - 14:00

Buffet Lunch – with opportunity for bilateral meetings, at UKK (Floor 6 – Top Floor)

UKK
14:00 - 15:30

Celebrating ecumenical diakonia in practice - Part 2: Showcasing the scope and diversity of our work, in Main Hall

UKK
Participants will hear directly from churches and ACT members from across the world who are engaging in ecumenical diakonia and aligning their work to the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, covering a variety of themes, geographic regions and types of programmes to provide a rich understanding of how faith and rights...
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15:30 - 16:00

Concluding Remarks

UKK
Using the interactive feedback from the day, the General Secretaries will wrap up the day, taking up the critical issues and reflections from the discussions and presenting the next steps and commitments for the World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance.
16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

UKK
16:30 - 18:00

Plenary 8, in Main Hall

UKK
Closing Session The final session of the ACT Assembly will start with a 30 minute presentation by the youth representatives – reflecting on what they’ve heard during the ACT assembly and the joint day and looking forward to the future of youth participation in ACT.  This final session will also...
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19:00 - 19:30

Assembly Steering Committee Meeting

UKK
19:30 - 21:30

Dinner, in Hall D (Ground Floor)

UKK
22:00

UKK Closes

UKK