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Articles
Church sees future with 20/20 vision
A whole world in our hands
Griswold gladdened by Convention’s prayer, ‘mission energy’
How are you implementing the 20/20 vision for the church’s future?
Deputies concur: Same-sex rites in use, but common liturgies must wait
Budget decisions favor youth, cultural services
Committee elected to nominate candidates for next Presiding Bishop
For the living of these days
For the facing of this hour
Wrap-up of legislation
Media and mission
U.N.’s Jeffrey Sachs calls Church to moral challenge of reconciliation
World Mission statement calls for new focus on evangelism, service
Anglican Observer takes Convention as opportunity to connect with U.S. Episcopalians
Well, yes, we made it after all!
Churchwide action on same-gender blessings must wait, bishops say
Three cheers for volunteers
Consent decision sparks widespread reaction
In unity, diversity, ecumenical visitors share insights
What are you and your congregation doing to improve the environment?
Earth to Convention…protect our food
Those who opposed Robinson’s consent determined to go forward
Saints of God photo
Deputies elect Anderson VP; Werner re-elected president
Venezuela joins ECUSA
Venezuela nueva diócesis de ECUSA
Robinson ratified; Bishops vote 62-43
Interfaith voices strong in support, but church members fear divisions
Native American singers and drummers photo
Title III debate moves forward, sans dramatic changes
What can individuals do to further world peace?
Transfiguration: bomb tests spark lessons in peace
Nazi treatment of gays recalled
Signs and Wonders
Committee expedites 97 late-breaking resolutions
Accusations put Robinson consent on hold
Hiroshima and Healing
Bishop recalls Hiroshima blast: ‘I felt like the room…was dyed purple’
Unawareness is root of all racism, PB tells forum
Youth, young adults lead budget priorities
How should the church invest in youth?
Young adult voices replace rhetoric, command respect
Title III revision favors standing committees’ referral of candidates
Cultural competence essential for seminarians, advocates say
Culturally diverse rites vital to 20/20, bishops affirm
Saints come marching in
Gold: the color of our church
Deputies OK Robinson election
I will raise them up!
'One people reconciled'
Why must the church continue to confront racism?
Once deacons themselves?
Puerto Rico diocese joins ECUSA
Puerto Rico miembro pleno de ECUSA
Francis and Solheim honored
Bishops reject direct ordination to priesthood
Bishops to mull local option for same-sex rites
What is your opinion of capital punishment?
Robinson hearing sets stage for Deputies
Gap widens to chasm says Cape Town archbishop
Sunday Eucharist set for 10 a.m.; Nigerian Archbishop to preach
Witnesses debate blessings’ potential for mission
Ryan reiterates why he could not throw the switch
To the Pointillism
My Lord! What a morning of prayer
Miscellaneous Photo
Chapel's stations update Way of Cross
Art is muse for meditation
What is your prayer for Convention?
For all the saints: Bishops recommend names to calendar
20/20 energy surges through Convention
We're one big, happy Abrahamic family
Christian hope grew in Ground Zero's grief
Being a peace church in the world of war
Church's mission starts with inclusion
No more conversation on women’s ordination, committee decides
Briefly Noted…
Shop now in marketplace of faith
Miscellaneous Photos
Ethnic communities launch new caucus
Sexuality issues spark ‘teachable moments’across Convention
Dioceses encouraged to take up mission of reconciliation
This Family Robinson: New granddaughter delights bishop-elect
How does reconciliation occur in your diocese?
‘We need the gift of one another…,’ PB tells Convention
Nightly ‘General Convention News’ broadcast makes debut
Church’s youngest members find Convention home
Baptismal covenant forms foundation for Title III revisions
Comunidades étnicas se organizan para la Convención General
Catch cues from Cape Town
Middle East, 9/11, Bridging Cultures, 20/20... Can We Talk?
How is the General Convention reflecting the diversity of the Church?
Consent votes for bishops-elect
Visitors, guests emphasize our global connections
Experienced news teams working this convention
Enjoy Minneapolis – but not too much!
Young people add their voices to mix at convention
Budget seeks to reconcile abundance of faith in time of scarcity
Worship to embrace diversity of languages, cultures, music
Morning aims to help participants ground decisions in prayer
Peace group to mark Hiroshima anniversary, host workshops
The Witness magazine to honor peace and justice advocates
American Anglican Council offers ‘Place to Stand’ for traditional views
Collaborative of ministry groups share in ‘Claiming the Blessing’
Video showcases women’s ministries
Be sure to find “The Great Minnesota Welcome”
Committee members ponder issues of faith and genetics, food safety




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Young people add their voices to mix at convention

7/30/2003

  

 

The average age of a General Convention deputy used to be more than 45 years.
But here in Minneapolis, if 18 youth deputies and about 200 other young adults attending convention-sponsored programs were factored in, that average would come way, way down.
Or – in “young person” talk – convention has become little less VH1 and a lot more MTV.
About 20 years ago deputies “decided they wanted the voice of youth at General Convention,” said Betsy Boyd, who works in youth ministries at the Church Center in New York.
In 1982, a resolution was passed at General Convention to invite youth ages 15 to 18 to hold seats at the triennial meetings. They are encouraged to participate in legislative sessions – they have “voice” – but they do not have the power to vote.

Every three years, two youth representatives are chosen from each province. Before convention they attend meetings to learn about the triennial event, and all the youth representatives receive copies of the Blue Book.
Boyd said the youth presence at convention is a transitional phase along the path toward electing a younger, more diverse group of deputies. Because youth at convention have no vote, their presence is less to influence legislation than to teach them how to get elected as deputies sometime in the near future, she said.

“A young person doesn’t have as much experience to get elected as a deputy,” Boyd said. “I think experience is needed as well as a new perspective, which creates the whole picture.”

Boyd also said youth at convention dispel the misconception that all youth have identical opinions or would vote the same way.

“Youth are as diverse in the way they think about things in the church as any group of people, but what they bring [to convention] is a young person’s perspective,” she said.

Some young people will also be attending convention as a way to gain their own perspective on how the church deals with today’s issues.

For 18-to-30-year-olds – the too-old-for-youth-group, too-young-for-married-couples’-potlucks crowd – there will be a Young Adult Festival during convention. Organized and facilitated by young adults, the festival provides a chance for college-age and post-college-age Episcopalians to experience a “gateway to General Convention” without being elected a deputy.

About 120 young adults, including eight international participants, have been divided into two groups that will each visit for one week. They will live in a large house owned by St. Mark’s Cathedral and learn to “Engage God’s Mission” in their lives and in context of their generation.

“It’s a way for the church to see that young adults are quite capable of doing things by themselves for the rest of the church,” said the Rev. Douglas Fenton, who works in young adult and higher education ministries at the Church Center in New York. “[Young adults] want to be taken seriously. They have serious things to say to the rest of the church.”

But nightly briefings about convention issues – focusing on those pertinent to young adults – and the opportunity to witness legislation are just part of the experience, Fenton said.

Although he said the young adult team wants “to encourage [participants] to be out of their sleeping bags and to participate in [General Convention];” many of the festival’s events and speakers will be in the house where they will stay.

The festival focuses on three aspects of a young adult’s life: physical, financial and spiritual. Guest speakers – who range from the president of the House of Deputies to yoga instructors to financial planners – are lined up for both sessions. Their goal is to provide young adults with life skills as well as opportunities for spiritual growth.

“It’ll be incredibly dynamic,” Fenton said.

Another educational opportunity for youth at convention is Count Me Faithful, a program designed to teach high-school aged youth about the church’s legislative processes. Through Count Me Faithful, youth will have access to convention’s Exhibit Hall and receive daily briefings about legislative sessions.


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