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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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Worship to embrace diversity of languages, cultures, music


If one word summarizes the daily worship of General Convention’s, it’s diversity. From dual-language leaflets and a circular altar, Gregorian chant to “praise band” music, services will encompass a range of styles and cultures.

That’s no accident.

“The last General Convention made it very clear that those of us who engage in liturgical planning for General Convention needed to be more intentional about ... incorporating diversity,” said the Rev. Clayton Morris, church liturgical officer.

That included musical diversity. “This was probably the primary directive from the presiding bishop, was to provide music of diversity,” said Monte Mason, who helped plan the music. “So we’ve taken our cue from the top.”

Each day will begin with a Eucharist. On every day except Aug. 1 and 3, people will sit around tables and engage in 10 minutes of Scripture reflection after a short homily. Aug. 1 will be the second convention Morning of Prayer, while Aug. 3 will mark the United Thank Offering Ingathering and Eucharist, with Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon of Nigeria preaching.

Native American influences will be evident during worship in the diocese that ordained Enmegahbowh, the first Native American Episcopal priest. The altar will be circular, inspired by the sacred circle of Native American spirituality, Morris said.

The Aug. 5 service  honoring Enmegahbowh will be a Rite III Eucharist using Native American ideas and imagery, he explained. The Oak Point Drumming Group, which includes drummers and singers, will perform.

“They sing unaccompanied,” Mason explained. “Even traditional Anglican hymnody is unaccompanied. It’s a much different style. It’s much slower, but it’s sung with some intensity.”

Eucharists will incorporate other cultures, as well. Participants will be invited to say the Lord’s Prayer in the language of their choice, for example, and lections will be read in various languages.

All service leaflets will be printed in Spanish, as well as English. “We did that as a means of recognizing that Spanish-speaking Episcopalians are by far our largest non-English-speaking community,” Morris said.

Worshipers will see a “visual prelude” each day in visual graphic-arts images selected by the Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts and projected onto a screen behind the altar.

Featured musicians, choirs

Service music will draw from various resources, including the new “Enriching Our Music I,” “Voices Found: Women in the Church’s Song” and the “Portland Psalter.” Featured musicians at convention include:

July 30 — St. Mark’s Cathedral Choir with Canon Musician Ray Johnston, and the Aurora Brass Ensemble.

July 31 — Cross Culture, led by Mary Preus. “They will be performing world music,” Mason said. The group “was formed by the Lutheran Church and ... paid to go across the country to give workshops in musical diversity.”

Aug. 1 — The Gregorian Singers, directed by Mason, who also is organist and choirmaster at St. Martin’s by-the-Lake, Minnetonka Beach, and co-chair of the Enriching Our Music project of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

Aug. 2 — Combined “praise bands” of Church of the Messiah, St. Paul, led by Jeff Kidder, and St. Stephen the Martyr, Edina, led by Carlene Seppala. “They will be singing music from the Christian pop repertoire, plus they’ll be pumping up a couple of oldies but goodies, so it won’t be totally unknown to the more conservative side of Anglican musical expression.”

Aug. 3 — Diocesan massed mixed and handbell choirs, plus the Eden Prairie Community Band, with overall conductor Howard Don Small.

Aug. 4 — Choir of St. Clement’s, St. Paul, conducted by Douglas Shambo with organist Paul Danilewski.

Aug. 5 — Oak Point Drumming Group.

Aug. 6 — Ascension Youth Choir of Ascension Church, Stillwater, directed by Nancy Whipkey with organist James Frazier.

Aug. 7 — United Deliverance Temple Gospel Choir.

Aug. 8 — The Bishops Choir, composed of 20 to 30 bishops and coordinated by Suffragan Bishop Catherine Roskam of the Diocese of New York.


Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

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