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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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Baptismal covenant forms foundation for Title III revisions

7/31/2003

A proposal for the direct ordination of priests saw little opposition in its initial hearing Wednesday afternoon.
The proposal is part of Resolution A111, the proposed revision of the Episcopal Church’s Title III canons related to ministry offered by the Standing Commission on Ministry Development’s (SCMD).

The SCMD’s major assumption in the revision is that ministry is grounded in the baptismal covenant and that the canons should support this foundation. The revisions clarify the need for dioceses, congregations and other communities of faith to help all their members discern and form their ministries.

Every baptismal calling to ministry has “full and equal dignity,” according to the SCMD’s report to the Convention. The call for direct ordination to the priesthood follows from this assumption (Canon III.9.8). The commission’s work says ministry is not cumulative. One does not begin as a layperson and have ministry conferred on them in the layers of deacon, priest and bishop, according to this theological perspective, but one has gifts for and a call to a specific ministry.

Noting that all Christians are called to servanthood, clergy deputy Carol Hossler of Arizona said she believes “there are better ways to enter into servanthood than being a transitional deacon for six months or a year.”

The Rev. Phina Borgeson, a deacon from the Diocese of Northern California, said she knows many priests treasure the “deep experience” they had during their ordination as transitional deacons. While she said she wants the Convention to honor that experience, she suggested that this emotional attachment was like that that people have to a favorite hymn. The hymn’s theology may need some work but it still evokes a strong feeling.

“Let’s renew our theology and move on to the new day of ministry that we are being offered,” she told Wednesday’s joint hearing with the Constitution and Canons Committee.

Some of the witnesses testifying at Wednesday afternoon’s hearing advocated the optional approach. “For practical purposes, that’s the way it’s going to become a reality,” said Winnie Crapson of Kansas who said she’s been advocating for direct ordination for nearly 25 years.

Commission chair John Croneberger, bishop of Newark, said Tuesday his group expects to take a straw poll of sorts on the direct-ordination question to the House of Bishops before the end of this week. This would happen by way of a revised Resolution C019 from the Diocese of Kansas. The resolution currently would allow bishops, with the consent of the Standing Committee, to ordain people directly to the priesthood.

The SCMD recommends direct ordination but prepared two substitutes for its revised Canon III.9.8. One continues the use of the transitional diaconate for candidates to the priesthood and the other gives dioceses the option of direct ordination. Croneberger said the commission needs to get a sense of the bishops’ inclination in order to keep the Title III revising resolution A111 intact.
A hearing on the revised C019 is set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, Croneberger said.

Other substantive changes to Title III include:

Expand the non-discrimination clause also follows from the baptismal covenant’s call to ministry. Ministry should be open to all baptized persons, says proposed Canon III.1.2, regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities and age.

Reorganize ordination canons to reflect each order’s distinctive call (Canon III.6-7, Canon III.8-9). There would be one set of canons for priests’ordination and life and work and one for deacons’ ordination and life and work.

• Change the areas of competence for deacons to more specifically relate to diaconal ministry (Canon III.6.3(b)).

Create a single canon for ordination to the priesthood (Canon III.8). So-called Canon 9 priesthood is eliminated and there is flexibility for both locally formed and seminary-trained priests.

Streamline the ordination process and clarify roles of all parties involved (Canon III.8, especially Canon III.8.2(d)). The major change here removes the last ordination approval authority from the diocesan Standing Committees. Instead Standing Committees will certify that the process leading to ordination has been followed.

Set the minimum time of preparation for priestly ordination at 18 months (Canon III.8.2(c)).

Require continuing education as a way to treat formation as an on-going experience (Canon III.2.5, Canon III.4.1(a), Canon III7.5, Canon III 9.1).

Clarify the roles of licensed ministries, and modify their titles (Canon III.4.1(a) and Canon III.4.3-8). This change removes “lay” from some of the titles. Licensed ministries are listed and defined are Pastoral Leader, Worship Leader, Preacher, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor, and Catechist.


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