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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

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I will raise them up!
Eucharist shows 'Wideness in God's mercy'



GC 2003 Sunday Eucharist

GC 2003 Sunday Eucharist

GC 2003 Sunday Eucharist

GC 2003 Sunday Eucharist


Music drew them the instant they entered the Convention Center. Rousing sounds of a Sousa march, a massive gospel choir, a jazz band filled the halls and spilled out the doors. By 9:50 a.m. when the procession started nearly 5,000 had found their seats in the mammoth auditorium. Most came early to sway along with the Revelation Choir and tap their feet to Jazz on the Prairie, a smaller portion of the 50-member Eden Prairie Community Band who accompanied almost all the morning’s singing.

Spirited praise came at the Communion as the congregation sang  “I am the Bread of Life,” with scores of hands lifted for the refrain: “I will raise them up on the last day.” Contemplation deepened with the singing of “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy.”  

Overhead, on a 34-foot screen behind the altar platform, images emerged, faded and emerged again in a muted, sometimes mystical, sequence of color and shape. Photos of sculptured stone and wood alternated with bright collages of Africa, icons, artists’ personal visions of heaven and of earth.

The 200-plus choristers from 20 different Minnesota Episcopal congregations lived up to director Howard John Small’s challenge during their early morning rehearsal:  “Give it your love as you sing.” They did. So did the Creekside Ringers from St. Stephen’s Church in Edina as they interpreted a haunting Japanese folk tune before the service and, during the procession of 200 bishops and 400-plus clergy, created an cascading cacophony of bells that sounded like a peel ringing out from on high.

On more than a dozen fabric-draped tables waited the glass chalices and hand-made birch bark baskets ready to be carried forward at the Offertory by members of the Youth Presence. One table in the back of the hall, draped in green, held gluten-free bread for those who might otherwise not be able to receive Communion. An equally thoughtful offering of the worship planners stood at the corner of the altar platform. As soon as the music began the signers for the deaf started interpreting lyrics, alternating, first one, then the other, the graceful, expressive ballet of hands.

As the procession ended and all bishops and clergy took their places, Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold declared to his gathered flock: “Bendito sea Dios: Padre, Hijo y Espiritu Santo.”  The response, “And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever” came in a number of languages in addition to the Spanish provided in the service booklet.

The service ended the way it began, with spirited music, the uplifting sound of joined voices: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” brought the service to a close and John Philip Sousa’s “Minnesota March” accompanied the crowd back into the world… back to their historic time of decision.


Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

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