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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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Robinson hearing sets stage for Deputies

8/2/2003

  

 
  

 
The Convention’s cognate Committee on the Consecration of Bishops decided Friday to send the question of the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson’s election as bishop-coadjutor of New Hampshire to the House of Deputies.

The decision came after nearly 90 minutes of early-morning testimony. Deputies are expected to take up resolution C045 Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses Friday repeatedly focused on whether approving Robinson’s election would depart from Scripture and 2,000 years of church teaching, and split the Anglican Communion, or encourage church growth. Constitutional issues also figured in the testimony.

“I think that Gene’s consecration will make the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Communion a stronger church, a church that’s more ready to respond to our vision of 20/20,” Bishop Thomas Shaw of Massachusetts told the committee and the nearly 800 listening to the hearing.

Shaw made his prediction based on the experience of his diocese electing Barbara Harris in 1989 as the first women bishop in the Anglican Communion. “And everyone said that what the action of the Diocese of Massachusetts would do would be to split the church, would cause schism, would separate us from one another, and instead it made us a stronger, more vibrant church,” he said.

“Good morning, Gene. I love you,” Bishop Keith Ackerman of Quincy told Robinson as he began his allotted two minutes of testimony.

This is painful.”

“This unprecedented action will separate us from the rest of the catholic church, the rest of the Anglican Communion,” Ackerman said.
“It is my belief that New Hampshire isn’t asking everyone to stand where they are standing,” said Arkansas Bishop Larry Maze. “But they are asking that they be allowed to have the room to stand where they are.”

The Rev. Howard Anderson of Minnesota spoke about what he called “our unique charism” as Anglicans. “Let me say that we are the last catholics left standing,” he said. “The Roman Catholic Church has abandoned big C and little c. We are the ones whose unique charism is to include. We ordain women. We know that the primary vocational sacrament is baptism, not ordination.”

He urged the committee to decide if Episcopalians are going to be  “watered-down Roman Catholics trying to defend some law like the Pharisees, or dressed-up Presbyterians.”

Suffragan Bishop David Bena of Albany asked Robinson to follow the example of the Rev. Canon Jeffrey John in England who withdrew from his episcopal appointment because many people feared it would cause a schism. “A vote either up or down will simply rupture the Episcopal Church too badly,” he said.

While some witnesses insisted that the decision was not personal, others seemed to disagree. “This room is full because of Gene’s sexual behavior, about which he’s been quite open,” said clergy deputy Mary Hayes of Pittsburgh, adding that all clergy declare at their ordination that Scripture is the word of God. “The Scriptures, the Word of God which we vow to uphold, are clear: Homosexual behavior is wrong.”

To consent to Robinson’s election would be to tell those people “who are remaining faithful to the church’s age-old teaching that Christians are to be celibate outside of marriage is not true for both sides,” said Clergy Deputy Carola von Wrangel of Albany.

Lay Deputy James Bradberry of Southern Virginia said relying strictly on the Bible to oppose Robinson would require the General Convention to vote to resume slavery and the submission of women. “There a lot of things in the Bible that we no longer do because our faith has evolved. This is one of those instances where our faith has continued to evolve,” he said.

Massachusetts Clergy Deputy Mark Hollingsworth said the consent process before the committee was not about discerning Robinson’s fitness for the episcopate. “Rather the consent process is the church’s vehicle by which it ensures and protects autonomy of the individual diocese in finding and electing, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that person most appropriate to serve as its bishop,” he said.

Pittsburgh Bishop Bob Duncan said consenting to Robinson’s election would be “broadly and sweepingly unconstitutional” based on the first sentence of the Episcopal Church’s constitution. The sentence declares that the church is a member of the Anglican Communion and the catholic church, and is committed to upholding and propagating the historic faith and work of the church.

Prior to taking testimony Friday morning, the committee allowed people from New Hampshire 10 minutes to make their case for Robinson. The Rev. Ruth Kirk, a finalist in the New Hampshire election, said the process was not a set-up for Robinson’s election. “From the moment I opened the first mailings to the calls and letters I received after Gene’s vote my experience is that the search committee fulfilled its charge from the diocese to be open, fair, transparent and Spirit-driven,” she said.


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