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Issue 8, August 7

Issue 9, August 8 (Final)

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 mission starts with inclusion

8/1/2003

Panelists at Wednesday’s conversation exploring the Convention’s theme—“Engage God’s Mission”—discussed models for making Convention and the larger church places of reconciliation and peace.

“The environment in which we meet is replete with anxiety,” said Delbert Glover, a retired business executive and active lay church member. “Is there such urgency to find permanent solutions that we are willing to risk being unfaithful to the mission of the church?”
Much of the evening’s discussion addressed ways to make the church more welcoming and how to stretch its boundaries. Panelists and audience members shared experiences of attempts to find and extend welcome in the church across boundaries of age, gender and culture.

A boundary is “a line that defines and gives identity,” said Caroline Westerhoff, Diocese of Atlanta canon for ministry. “Without a boundary—without a skin, if you will—there is no body.”

“The other side of the boundary coin is hospitality,” she said. “True, deep, profound hospitality means welcoming the enemy as guest…Clear boundaries make possible deep and intimate relationship, deep and intimate hospitality.”

Crossing cultural boundaries can be rough, noted the Rev. Jaime Case, who grew up with missionary parents in the Philippines and now works in Hispanic ministries. In his ministry, he said, “my main concern…is to try to figure out how to cross those boundaries with some appropriate care to allow us to have some positive engagement rather than a shock or a collision.”

The Rev. Eric Law, Diocese of Los Angeles missioner for congregational development and trainer and author of books on building multicultural communities, challenged Convention to practice a discipline of inclusion. “Inclusion is a discipline of extending our boundary, to take into consideration another’s need, interests, experience and perspective, which will lead to clearer understanding of ourselves and others, fuller description of the issue at hand and possibly a newly negotiated boundary of the community to which we belong.”

“It has everything to do with God, because our God concept is the number—one way we exclude people: Because you do not look like my idea of God, I can exclude you,” said Law, who with Case enacted a short dialogue from a play to illustrate his point. He urged changing our image from a God of scarcity to one of abundance, with enough grace for all.

“Reconciliation for the future of the church must be about thinking outside the walls,” said the Rev. Lisa Ann Senuta, a 30-year-old assistant to the rector at a Kansas congregation. “As a young female, I have encountered a church that seems to me to be grieving the way it used to be. We seem to be in a bit of an identity crisis…However, I realize that we need to reconcile within ourselves so that we can follow with confidence where the Spirit is leading us.”


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