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Presiding Bishop among leaders to address Global Mission Event


Mexican dancer from the Fargo area celebrates 2005 GlobalFest with GME participants.   

[Episcopal News Service]  Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold and a host of Episcopalians active in world mission will lend their gifts of experience and  compassion to the upcoming Global Mission Event (GME) 2006, sponsored  by the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of  America (ELCA). "Sent by God's Grace for the Sake of the World" is  the theme of the event taking place July 27-30 at the University of  Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

Griswold, along with ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, will be a  featured speaker at the opening celebration on the evening of July 27. Margaret Larom, director of Anglican and Global Relations, will moderate a panel discussion on ministry, faith, and challenge during a plenary session  on the morning of July 29, with panel member Alex Baumgarten, international  policy analyst in the Office of Government Relations.

Global University workshop presenters will include: Benjamin Chase of  the Diocese of Vermont, missioner of the Episcopal Church; Katherine Babson, Episcopal priest in mission with the Church in Myanmar and member of the Standing Commission on World Mission; Gini Peterson, a founding  member of Episcopal Partnership for Global Mission and chair of the Global Mission Committee of the Diocese of Atlanta; and Mary Brennan, World Mission Interpretation and Networks Officer in the Office of Anglican and Global Relations).

Other presenters will include: Hope Lennartz and Solange Rossignol, co-founders of the Friends of St. Vincent's Center for Handicapped  Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Howard Webber from the Diocese of  Massachusetts; Roger LeCompte, special appointed missionary to Mozambique; and  Robert Lair, co-director of the New Sudan Education Initiative and religion  professor at St. Michael's College in Vermont.

Robert Miner of the Diocese of Connecticut is Episcopal co-facilitator for the 2006 Global Mission Event. Don Engstrom and Jane Griesbach of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts will provide video and multimedia creativity and support.

In addition to plenary sessions and Global University workshops, GME  will offer mission engagement through prayer, song, art activities, and food.

Visit to register, or contact Mary Brennan  (212-716-6223) for more information.