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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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Bishops to mull local option for same-sex rites

8/4/2003

The cognate Committee on Prayer  Book, Liturgy and Music offered a  compromise resolution Sunday on preparing rites for same-sex blessings that would allow for local option.  

The new resolution, which combines resolutions C005, B007, C022 and C051, directs the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music to prepare “rites for possible inclusion in Enriching Our Worship by means of which support and blessing may be expressed for same-sex relationships with the permission of the ecclesiastical authority.”

The resolution now goes to the House of Bishops for consideration.

The committee announced its decision less than an hour before Deputies began to debate the election of the Rev. Canon Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the Episcopal Church’s firstly openly gay bishop. The new resolution is intended to sanction developing rites for blessing same-sex unions while allowing those opposing such rites to follow their consciences. Committee member the Rev. Kendall Harmon of the Diocese of South Carolina will issue a minority report on the resolution.

“We think we have a resolution that has the big-tent aspect of B007” while including a provision for developing the new rites, said the Rev. Frank Wade of the Diocese of Washington, chair of the deputies committee.

Resolution B007, passed unanimously by the Province IV bishops and a majority of its synod, sought to allow those on both sides of divisive issues to continue to minister within the church and to avoid attempts to resolve “either our diversity of opinion or diversity of pastoral support” legislatively.

The committee voted to recommend the rites be developed for Enriching Our Worship instead of the Book on Occasional Services because each bishop has the authority to authorize its use within his or her individual diocese, Wade explained.

The resolution notes that “differences exist among us about how best to care pastorally for those who intend to live in monogamous, non-celibate unions; and what is, or should be, required, permitted or prohibited by the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church” concerning their blessing.

It reaffirms previous conventions’ resolutions affirming homosexuals’ “full and equal claim ... upon the love, acceptance and pastoral concern and care of the Church” and saying that their monogamous, non-celibate unions are expected to be “characterized by fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication and the holy love which enables those in such relationships to see in each other the image of God.” The resolution also “recognizes that such relationships exist throughout the church” and says that “local faith communities are operating within the bounds of our common life as they explore and experience liturgies celebrating and blessing same-sex unions.”

The resolution states that “our baptism into Jesus Christ is inseparable from our communion with one another, and we commit ourselves to that communion despite our diversity of opinion and, among dioceses, a diversity of pastoral practice with homosexual persons.”

The committee met and voted in executive session, which is not open to the public, but a loud “aye” and a chorus of the doxology audible in the hall outside signaled the committee’s decision.

“The attempt is to work on both sides of the aisle,” said Bishop Henry Louttit Jr., chair of the bishops’ committee and one member of the Province IV bishops who originally endorsed B007. The goal is to “allow both sides space to live” and keep either side from feeling they had “beat the hell” out of the other side — or had it beaten out of them, he said.

The vote was unanimous among those attending — the majority of the committee — with one abstention, Wade said.

Louttit said the near unanimity of the vote surprised him. “I thought we might get a sort of consensus.”

“Neither side is going to be real comfortable,” Louttit predicted.

Wade said he was pleased with the substitute resolution and expected to support it as a deputy. The committee aimed “to make a very clear statement as to what our choices are as a church” so the convention can make a clear decision, he said. “I think it’s a good resolution because it’s clear.”


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