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Issue 1, July 30

Issue 2, July 31

Issue 3, August 1

Issue 4, August 2

Issue 5, August 4

Issue 6, August 5

Issue 7, August 6

Issue 8, August 7

Issue 9, August 8 (Final)

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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Budget seeks to reconcile abundance of faith in time of scarcity

General Convention will be asked to approve a proposed budget for 2004-2006 that attempts to fulfill compelling mission priorities while keeping a sharp and conservative eye on expected revenues. The proposal calls for slightly increased spending of $146.4 million for the triennium, compared with the $138.4 million budget adopted for the 2001-2003 triennium.

“This proposed budget draft has built-in conservative projections of income, yet continues to strategize for mission and ministry based on priorities,” said Dean George Werner, president of the House of Deputies, in an introduction to the budget document. Projected revenue figures anticipate a continued fall in investment income, but predict increased giving from dioceses.

Emphasizing gospel values
Amid recovery from war and terrorism, and in a stalled economy, resources are shrinking rapidly, he said. “Yet dread and enmity are not Gospel values,” Werner noted. “It is precisely in times such as these that we must set an example of our faith in God’s abundance and in our commitment to use that abundance for the good of all God’s children.”

Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold, in a message to convention, spoke of the theme, “Engage in God’s Mission.” This mission “is not an abstraction,” he declared. “ And, it is very clear in these days that there is an urgent need to participate in God’s reconciling work in the world.”

Alabama bishop Henry Parsley, co-chair of General Convention’s Standing Commission on Stewardship and Development (SCSD), said that his group has for the past three years thought that focusing on the idea that Christians are created in the image of God will “draw us away from a life of sinful self-centeredness. The nature of our group is to really look at the income side, not on spending.”

In its report to convention, the commission focused on the theology of stewardship, holding up the biblical standard of the tithe and in its expression in “first-fruits” tithing. This is, explained Parsley, “giving off the top” to the church, in gratitude to God, from one’s income before using it for anything else.

Parsley said that Resolution A140, which calls for immediate creation of a Mission Funding Office, is extremely important. Other resolutions proposed by SCSD call for implementation of the Alleluia Fund, accountability of mission partners, 50/50 outreach for congregations, and affirmation of the work of TENS, the Episcopal stewardship network.

The Alleluia Fund: Build My Church is a concept that was confirmed by the last General Convention. It is an annual diocesan campaign during the Great Fifty Days of Easter, with each household invited to make daily contributions, in the same manner that contributions have traditionally been made to mite boxes during the Lenten season. Money collected is used by the diocese to fund new mission initiatives.

Funding the priorities
The budget process began with preliminary work by the church’s senior management and mission staff. Then Executive Council assigned its administration and finance committee to refine the initial work, approved the result and sent it to deputies, bishops and to members of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance (PB&F).

This time around, PB&F asked the Executive Council to establish budget priorities to give focus to the budget. Five major priorities were approved and ranked in order of importance:

Reaching out to youth and young adults through inclusion and incorporation in the church’s thinking, work, worship and structure.

Reconciling and engaging those who do not know Christ by proclaiming the Gospel to those who are not yet members of the church.

Revitalizing and transforming congregations through leadership development, spiritual growth, dynamic and inclusive worship, greater diversity, and mission.

Reaffirming a commitment to diversity, promoting justice and peace and reaching out to the dispossessed, imprisoned, and voiceless.

Reaffirming our partnerships with provinces of the Anglican Communion and beyond and relationships with ecumenical and interfaith partners.

Program heads were then asked to submit proposed new and expanded initiatives that would respond to these priorities.

“All this work was done before we even looked at the numbers,” said former treasurer Ralph O’Hara in a preface to the budget document. O’Hara has since resigned to return home to Chicago and a position in the corporate sector.

Congregational development has been significantly strengthened in the areas of new church planting, research, and assistance to parishes with regard to engaging emerging generations.

Ethnic ministries are being redefined to include an emphasis on congregational development and there is significant growth in support for communications, particularly regarding enhancement of electronic media possibilities.

Other expanded initiatives include youth programs and support of the Fresh Start program, which helps strengthen congregations and clergy leadership.

Bonnie Anderson of the Diocese of Michigan and chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance, said her committee will hold hearings and listen to what is going on with legislation. “We will hold a funding hearing [on July 31] and later an open hearing on spending [Aug. 1].”

“For the first time ever, we have asked [House of Deputies] President Werner and the Dispatch of Business chair to encourage committee chairs to report out legislation with funding implications by the fifth legislative day. PB&F gratefully accepts the work of Executive Council in the form of the draft budget. Through open hearings, PB&F reworks and revises the draft budget,” she said.

The budget will be presented to the convention on Aug. 6, and put to a vote the following day.

“We try to be accessible to the convention and to make people  understand what happens to their funding ideas,” she emphasized. “In particular, we are trying to close the gap of  misunderstanding about the process. Just because a resolution has been passed on the floor doesn’t mean it’s in the budget.”

The Rev. Ted Malone, Jr., is a member of the Episcopal News Service news team at General Convention.


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