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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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We're one big, happy Abrahamic family

8/1/2003
All of us, Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, are God’s chosen people. So why on earth can’t all of us—sisters and brothers in one big, not-so-happy Abrahamic family—just get along?

Tackling that question during the Interfaith Dialogue component of the Wednesday evening conversations, five panelists proved that the three faiths indeed can get along—at least at an intellectual level.

Ellen Davis turned to the familiar story of Joseph and his brothers. Gifted and favored, the young man misinterprets his role and winds up estranged from his family, coming to grips with God’s plan for him only after much spiritual growth. 

 “This long and beautifully crafted story…aims to remind us that ‘vigilant humility’ is the only appropriate posture for those who know themselves, however justly, to be the elect of God,” concluded Davis, author and Duke Divinity School professor.

Lucinda Mosher, theology professor and chair of the Episcopal-Muslim Relations Committee of the Diocese of New York listed several events presented by many concerned groups – from occasional dinners and classes to far-reaching programs such as the Network for Interfaith Concerns of the Anglican Communion (NIFCON).

To the 65 people in the audience, she urged human relationship basics: Know your own faith well, dig for the truth about other religions rather than relying on hearsay, and stay open and sensitive to styles of interaction.

“Tone of voice and body language are very important. We have a lot to say to each other and we need to be present to each other.”
Artist Jessica Stammen, who shepherded artwork at St. Paul’s Church at Ground Zero, post-9/11, concurred: “It’s when we begin to know each other that we will find God’s word to be true.”

Fatima Shama, a staffer for Muslims Against Terrorism, recounted how, after the World Trade Center disaster, some young Muslims in New York gathered to create an active, peace-seeking group to counter the negative image terrorism had cast on their religion. “You can argue with someone else,” Shama said. “Not us.”

Leonard Schoolman, a rabbi and director of the Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York, runs a program dedicated to educating New Yorkers about their neighbors’ religions. His practical suggestions included working to improve life for others.

“You can do things in your own community,” Schoolman said. “You can educate others, work together, and break down barriers.”
During a question and answer session, panelists learned of Resolution D020, a proposal for the Episcopal Church to oppose certain aspects of Muslim Sharia law, applications of which have led to grave human rights violations in other countries.

Brows furrowed, the panelists once again agreed. They warned against treading into areas about which Christians know too little to pass judgment.

“We’re in a poor position to be lecturing,” Mosher said.


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