The Episcopal Church Welcomes You
» Site Map   » Questions    
GC2003 Survey


Welcome To Minneapolis...

Issue 1, July 30

Issue 2, July 31

Issue 3, August 1

Issue 4, August 2

Issue 5, August 4

Issue 6, August 5

Issue 7, August 6

Issue 8, August 7

Issue 9, August 8 (Final)

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

‹‹ Return
'One people reconciled'
Build bridges, Nigeria's Archbishop of Kaduna says in sermon



“We are the new society God has called into being,” proclaimed Nigerian Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, before more than 6,000 worshipers at Eucharist yesterday morning. “It is one people reconciled, of every color and culture, the one and only family of God.”

In a 20-minute sermon notable for diplomacy, clarity, and fervor, the chief pastor of the Kaduna province of the 17.5-million-member Church of Nigeria, undoubtedly satisfied those who have been praying, like Bishop Idowu-Fearon himself, for the unity of the church at a time of crisis.

“Our church family takes the Episcopal Church very seriously. When America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. America, don’t sneeze too much,” he said.

Drawing from the second reading, Ephesians 4, Idowu-Fearon described it as a turning point for Paul – and, by inference, the church. “Paul is moving from theology to its practical and concrete applications. I beg you to lead a life that is worthy of that call.”Those who may have anticipated more pointed comment from the archbishop on issues heating up Convention had to content themselves with reading between the lines of his eloquent message.
“They had hardened their hearts, they became callous, they gave themselves to immorality,” he said, of the pre-Christian life Paul describes. Idowu-Fearon called for Christians to “put off the old life, turning away from it in distaste, and put on the new life.”
More pointedly, he continued: “It’s not possible to change the heart, but it is possible to change the behavior…Changing one’s dress, one’s attitudes, and one’s behavior are essential to becoming Christian. But we are mistaken if we think it’s all up to God. The way you behave is the way you become.”

Deputy Sandie Brochak from Southern Ohio said: “He made some good points – very pertinent to what’s going on here. There’s more of a subtle message, but if you were looking for it, it was very direct.”

Still, the archbishop refrained from any detailed directives reflecting the more conservative stance of the Church of Nigeria, second largest, after the Church of England, of the member provinces of the Anglican Communion. Instead, he called for kindness, compassion, and forgiving among Christians.

Referring to his five years of collegial work with Frank Griswold – they met at the 1998 Lambeth Convention – Idowu-Fearon said, “Frank, you’ve taught me a lot. I’m beginning to understand American culture.”

New York Bishop Mark Sisk praised the sermon: “I’m grateful that he spoke kind words about the presiding bishop. He deserves kind words. [Idowu-Fearon] spoke out of his African context, recognizing our American context. It was splendid.”

A former military school student in leadership training, the archbishop said: “I’m the only general from my class still serving in the army – of Jesus Christ.”

In Nigeria, he noted, becoming a Christian marks a major change in a person’s entire life. “Public baptism marks the passage from the realm of estrangement, paganism, and darkness to the realm of Christianity.” Noting that he had found Christ at age 12, he said, “I’ve never been the same since.”

In the spirit of Anglican unity, Idowu-Fearon concluded: “We have to repent and to come to Christ and be reconciled to him. Then, we will be able to build bridges.”


Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

Convention Daily is published online each morning.  The published, hard copy edition is distributed each morning to the Hyatt, Marriott, Westin and Holiday Inn hotels.  Notices for the daily Calendar must be delivered to the volunteer receptionist at Convention Daily office, by 2pm of the day preceding publication.