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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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Church’s youngest members find Convention home

7/31/2003

  

 

The clear soprano of Brenna MacDonald, 9, reading from Galatians was the most distinctive and historic of the 3,500 voices raised in praise during opening Eucharist yesterday.

Brenna was one of dozens of children age 6 to 12 formally invited for the first time in General Convention’s long history to not only attend but also to participate.

Joining her in worship were Jarbari, Will, Camille, Toby, Sophia, and Hattie, among others. At their tables clay, crayons, paper, and other craft materials were offered along with worship folders.

Is it a no-brainer that the church needs to woo this generation?

Yes, indeed, said Sandra Wilson, priest of nearby Gethsemane Episcopal Church, where the children adjourned for Vacation Bible School while their parents slipped into hearings and legislative sessions.

“It’s a critical aspect of life in the church — so that there can continue to be life in the church,” Wilson said, noting that of all efforts to promote diversity of membership, recognizing the need to welcome the youngest is absolutely essential.

Challenged by a 2000 resolution and a later program, “Will Our Faith Have Children,” Vicki Garvey (Diocese of Chicago), Anne Tuohy (Chicago), MerLynne Bern (Minnesota), Joanne Skidmore (Milwaukee), Helen Barron (Colorado), and Kathy Lutes (Minnesota) among others dug into new ways to make church life relevant and inviting to tomorrow’s members.

Their collection of portable, adaptable, and inexpensive ideas, programs, and activities is on display in Booths 198-199-237-238. They hope parishes will borrow their results, whole or piecemeal.

One of the first lessons they’re propounding is the new name for what they’re doing: spiritual formation.

“The premise is that throughout our lives we’re not only growing in faith but also in our ability to know our story and share it, to fully experience what it means to be a Christian in today’s world,” said Tuohy, also a deputy from Province 5.

Garvey, a biblical theologian, author, and teacher, concurred. “You never graduate from Christian formation. I’m in the 87th grade.”
Their goal is to make spiritual formation not only accessible to young Christians but to adults who will lead them, whether at home or at church.
 “You don’t need to be professionals in Christian formation or education to adopt our programs,” Garvey said.

They invite Convention-goers to drop by the booth daily, particularly around 1:30 when special events such as story-telling, Tai Chi, and beadwork demonstrations are planned and a parade is set for Tuesday.


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