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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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Young adult voices replace rhetoric, command respect


Young people congregate at the Episcopal Church Center booth, GC 2003

Gale Kenny, a 24-year-old graduate student at Rice University, said her relationship with the Episcopal Church goes way beyond Happenings youth retreats.

But Kenny says some adults she has encountered at Convention seem surprised that her days of singing Episcopal camp songs are over.

This convention, Kenny — who served as the assistant Episcopal chaplain at Northwestern University — has been sharing advice about campus ministry at the booth for the Episcopal Society for Ministry in Higher Education (ESMHE). She has spoken at the evangelism and education committees, and said her ideas have been considered with respect and seriousness.

But many people categorized as “young adults” say their opinions are being overshadowed by their ages. Saturday afternoon, about 30 young adults — including delegates and alternates — met to form a caucus, in hopes that their voices resonate louder as a group.

Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Hall, alternate deputy from the diocese of Vermont, said she didn’t think young adults’ opinions are being taken seriously in the House of Deputies. The Deputies decision on Thursday to hold the 2006 Convention in mid-June — before many teenagers and some young adults are finished with school for the summer – creates a barrier to young adult voices at Convention, she said.

Kenny said the problem lies not in the amount of caring and concern, but in the type of speech that is encouraged.

“Some of the young adults have had training in strategic planning and fundraising through their campus ministries and other things, such as graduate school and [work in] public policy,” Kenny said. “[They] have an idea of how to deal with resolutions and parliamentary procedure in a way that is just as sophisticated as some of the adults who serve on committees.”

But Kenny said the young adults whose speech is applauded are giving testimonials – not proposing amendments.

“The [specialized] knowledge [of some young adults] is undermined by other participants who speak with more evangelical and fiery rhetoric that doesn’t really address the aspects of the resolution at hand,” Kenny said.

“When the committees applaud these fiery testimonials, it makes the young adults who have really thought about the issues prayerfully feel like their work is not being appreciated,” she said. “The catchy jingoism undermines the message of those young adults who consider themselves adults and not youth.”

But Kenny says she has a forum to share her ideas when people come to the ESMHE booth and find just her — and no “gray-haired people they can relate to.”

Emily Sieracki, 22, said she is the youngest volunteer at the Integrity exhibit booth by about 15 years. Sieracki said adults have been encouraging of her desire to voice opinions.

But Sieracki also said she feels “punch holed into youth issues.”

“[Young adults] are stretched thin because we have an obligation to speak about young adult issues and campus ministry because we have just come out of all these things and we can speak about them better than older people,” she said. “But at the same time, it takes our time and energy away from issues we are most interested in.”

Kenny said some adults may fail to realize that issues outside the realm of campus ministry and evangelism matter to the convention’s young adults.

“In real life, we don’t walk around saying: ‘I want to vote for Bill Clinton because he likes young adult issues and education,’” she said. “We care about things like health care.”

Nicole Janelle, 25, a deputy from the diocese of Maine and a student at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, said young adults voices are silenced because they are not familiar with parliamentary procedure.

“Until we understand what we are doing with parliamentary procedure, it is going to be difficult for us to really enter into the crux of the conversation,” Janelle said.

But Janelle said she noticed — and was impressed with — the increased effort to include young voices at Convention.

“I think there could be more support from [adult] folks,” she said. “[But] having been to the last few conventions, I find it heartening that there are increased efforts to include young people.”


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