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May
2006
Seven nominees on slate
The stage is set to elect the next presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 18, at the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio.
Episcopalian by choice
Alexander works to balance personal and institutional viewpoints
Fosters missionary expansion
Colombia’s Duque sees enhanced communication, youth ministry, prophetic action as vital
Supporting young leaders
Gulick envisions directing the church’s gaze to its best ministry practices
Inviting all to the table
Church must move 'from maintenance to mission', says Jenkins
Values Anglican tradition
Parsley envisions moving beyond conflict to mission and evangelism
‘Sacrament of the poor’ is key
Sauls sees mission in every turn of church life
First Female Nominee
Jefferts Schori ponders piloting the church through conflict resolution
Precarious peace
In response to what he described as the impending humanitarian tragedy unfolding throughout the Holy Land, Presiding Bishop Frank T Griswold issued a “Call to Action,”  asking every Episcopal congregation to pray for peace and reconciliation and urging donations to the traditional Good Friday Offering and Episcopal Relief and Development  to alleviate a humanitarian crisis.
Urging immigration reform
Interfaith leaders were among those urging reform of the U.S. immigration system that would allow a substantial increase in the number of workers into the United States and offer a pathway to legal status for an estimated 11 million people who live here without legal status.
Business institute consecrated
More than 250 Haitians and overseas church representatives, including the president of Episcopal Relief and Development, officially opened the Bishop Tharp Business and Technology Institute on April 2 in Les Cayes, Haiti.
A vision of caring
Why would people volunteer to give up two weeks of vacation and pay $550 and airfare to a foreign country to work for nothing? For three primary reasons: gratitude, enjoyment and service, according to the volunteers.
Revitalizing Christian communities
An Ascension Day webcast will explore when Trinity Church-St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan presents Here Comes Everybody!: Christian Community That Works. The live online webcast will examine the increasing interest in inclusive and progressive Christian communities that include constructive conversation and a safe platform for disagreement.
Purl-y enjoyable
Once relegated to grandmothers and a handful of serious students of the sewing arts, there has been a surge in knitting’s popularity. Men knit. Younger women knit. People knit in groups, specializing in knitting at liturgical arts conferences and writing entire books about knitting as a form of meditation and spiritual quest.
A wider question
Forget about homosexuality or the status of women or global warming or any of the other highly emotional questions that have emerged over the past years. These are not issues -- they are symptoms. The decision we, and worldwide Anglicanism, will make can be stated simply: Are we to continue as a community or as an institution?
Screening Out
One of the more interesting debates regarding episcopal elections is whether a diocese should rely on a nominating committee, as the majority of dioceses do, or forgo the committee and allow any duly qualified candidate to be nominated by a set number of electing deputies.
Abandoning pastoral concern
Because the conflict over homosexuality is not unique to Anglicanism, civil libertarians in this country, and other people as well, should also be aware of the archbishop Akinola and his movement.
Out of practice
I'm not blaming the American church for this situation, because with collections in their current state, it is difficult to pay a church musician as well as office staff.  The British have a state church that is supported with state funds, but even there I suspect there is a growing problem.
Defining God’s perspective
For some, justice is synonymous with fairness.  It means responding to a particular situation in a way that can easily be seen as equitable or impartial and in accordance with rules of logic or accepted ethical behavior.
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