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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

‹‹ Return
Deputies OK Robinson election
Bishops' vote on consent expected today

New Hampshire Bishop-elect Gene Robinson and Sam Candler, dean of St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, met in a Convention Center hallway just after the House of Deputies consented to Robinson’s election. Robinson and Candler hugged, and Robinson declared, “What an amazing day.”

In a vote by orders, lay deputations voted 63 yes, 32 no, and 13 divided. Clergy deputations voted 65 yes, 31 no, and 12 divided. The House of Bishops will take up Robinson’s consent at 2:30 p.m. today.

If the bishops give their consent, Robinson may well be seated in the house that day. The House of Bishops has given seat and voice to all the other bishops whose elections have been accepted at this convention.

Saying that he thought God was doing a new thing in the Church on Sunday afternoon, Robinson said that his feelings of peace and humility were tempered by the knowledge that “this is a very troubling decision for many in our church.”

At a news conference after the vote, Robinson repeatedly urged Episcopalians and Anglicans to remain in the Church and work through their differences. He told the story of serving communion during Saturday Eucharist and being approached by “one of the most conservative bishops” in the Church. The bishop was one of 24 who signed a recent letter urging a vote against Robinson. Robinson said the bishop took communion from him and offered him the peace.

“If we can continue doing that, we’re going to be just fine,” he said.

Four weeks ago Sunday the Rev. Canon Jeffrey John, a gay priest in a currently celibate relationship in England, withdrew from his episcopal appointment because many people feared it would cause a schism. A reporter asked Robinson what message the House of Deputies sent to England.

“Perhaps it says that the child can sometimes teach the parent,” he said. “I would hope that the Church of England would pay attention and learn from this creation of theirs.”

House of Deputies president George W. Werner summed up the reaction to the Deputies’ approval. “For many, it’s going to be a time of hope, and for many it’s going to be a time of great despair,” he told the news conference.

“I applaud the actions of the House of Deputies,” said the Rev. Susan Russell, executive director of Claiming the Blessing. “I think what we saw here was the Deputies saying Amen to the Holy Spirit having already spoken in New Hampshire. I’m encouraged and I look forward to the House of Bishops doing the same tomorrow.”

Michael Hopkins of Integrity said he was pleased with the vote which he said was “a little better” than he expected.

The American Anglican Council called on the House of Bishops to spend Sunday night in individual and corporate prayer and fasting.
“I think the House of Deputies has made a profound mistake,” AAC president David Anderson said. “I think they have shown forth what has become an unfortunate arrogance on the part of our Church to the global family. We talk about the importance of unity in the family, but clearly when we say that we mean just us and the rest of the Communion can take a hike. This kind of an attitude is just kind of the ugly American transposed into the church. It says a lot about our soul.”

Werner had a different assessment of the church’s soul Sunday afternoon.“You saw something today that you may never see again for a long time,” he told reporters at the news conference. “You saw something today about people really trying to find our souls, and it was a most magnificent and chilling moment.”

Episcopal News Service reporter David Skidmore contributed to this article.


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