The host Diocese of Minnesota has created a special commemorative magazine, “The Great Minnesota Welcome,” for all visitors to General Convention 2003. It celebrates Minnesota’s legacy of extending hospitality to the larger church that is unique in the Anglican Communion.
The diocese has hosted two previous General Conventions, in 1895 and 1976, and hosted the first World Anglican Congress to be held outside Great Britain in 1954.
The magazine includes features on the history of the diocese, including its first bishop, Henry Benjamin Whipple, who built the first cathedral in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota; the Rev. John Johnson Enmgegahbowh, the first Native American priest in the Episcopal Church; and the 1954 Anglican Congress held at St. Mark’s Cathedral, for which the Compass Rose was designed.
The magazine will be distributed to all General Convention visitors at the time of registration. Additional copies will be available at the Diocese of Minnesota Exhibit, which will include historical artifacts that relate to the magazine features.
The Rev. Canon Gary Gleason, chair of the local arrangements committee, explains the magazine’s title in his greeting in the magazine: “We have been at work for nearly three years preparing for this summer. In the process we have communicated with people literally from around the world who attended the 1976 General Convention — and even some who attended the 1954 Anglican Congress. So many have said they can’t wait to return to Minneapolis and receive ‘that great Minnesota welcome.’ Hence, the title of this magazine.”
“The Great Minnesota Welcome” also contains ads from downtown restaurants, shops and arts organizations, like the world-famous Guthrie Theater. Convention-related events at St. Mark’s Cathedral and the historic church of Gethsemane, site of the 1895 General Convention — both within walking distance of the Minneapolis Convention Center — are also