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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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Youth, young adults lead budget priorities
Joint session tomorrow

The national church’s proposed $146 million budget for 2004-2006 is a work in progress, a search for ways and means to fund the five priorities of Executive Council in its fiscal plan for the next triennium.

Those priorities are: young adults and youth, reconciliation and evangelism, congregational transformation, justice and peace, and partnerships.

The revised budget proposal will be presented in a joint session of the two houses from 2:30 to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Each house will vote during regular legislative sessions Thursday.

After two nights of hearings on funding and spending, the Standing Commission on Program, Budget and Finance paused to consider its particular role — turning that proposed budget into a working document.

Commission members considered several options. Describing extreme alternatives, Bishop Drew Smith of Connecticut envisioned the commission as a “handmaid” of the Executive Council, essentially rubber-stamping the proposed budget with minor adjustments.
Or, he continued, the commission could radically reorder the budget according to mission mandates emerging at General Convention, perhaps causing “huge dislocation of program, committees and, yes, staff,” he said. “But it might align the church with the mission directives that we are sensing and hearing and seeing.”

“I don’t think business as usual is acceptable,” Spokane Bishop Jim Waggoner said, citing strong positive responses to the five priorities. “I think we have to look at being more focused, and maybe taking some more radical steps.”

Arthur Bjontegard Jr., of Upper South Carolina noted an emerging consensus around youth and young adult ministry and said: “If we walk out of here with what I understand to be the current level of funding, I’m not sure I’ll be facing anything other than tar and feathers when I get home.”

Susan Delgado-Park of Honduras noted that many speakers described ministries combining several priorities. Several ministries of Province IX, which includes her diocese, reflected all five.

Bishop David Joslin of New Jersey urged some middle way, straddling what he called the “reason” side of the Executive Council budget and the “feeling” side of ministries seeking support. “I don’t want to be washed away in that feeling, because I think there is real wisdom” in the Executive Council’s budget as it stands, he said.

Clergy Deputy Altagracia Perez of Los Angeles said she wished all the bishops had heard the presentations, as it would have helped them raise support in their dioceses for the national budget. It might help convince skeptics who ask, “why should we give 21 percent to that administrative, bureaucratic body?” she said.

“We’re not the first to be frustrated by this,” Joslin pointed out. “If you don’t have more things to spend money on than you have money to spend, then your God is too small.”

“It’s almost insulting, given the world in which we live, that we in the Episcopal Church can talk about scarce resources,” said Bishop Charles E. Bennison of Pennsylvania. Within his diocese, Bennison said, he has realized that it can be possible to “kill parishes with kindness” when it would be better to help “the people in those places … begin to own their own ministries and grow their own parishes.”
As a way to encourage dioceses not contributing the full asking to the national church, Dennis Stark of Rhode Island suggested that “perhaps we could have a faith piece that is beyond what is traditionally called a balanced budget.”

The additional ministries would, if necessary, be funded with a “one-time draw from our endowment principal,” he said, but with the hope “that that money would be covered with additional giving from those dioceses that do not now participate at the level that the other 62 percent do.”

A bit of hard-headed evaluation of expenses would also help, said Joslin. “We practice boutique religion in the Episcopal Church,” he said. “Our bases are small, our congregations are small, our dioceses are small.”

Compared with some other denominations “our overhead is considerably higher,” he said. Bennison agreed, noting that he understood that “we have the most expensive convention of any church in the country” as well as “the most expensive seminary system.”

The Rev. Canon Johncy Itty of Long Island, bishop-elect of Oregon, wished for evaluative criteria “to see if what has been done in the past has been effective and to use that in concert with the priorities that have been developed as the basis for future funding. Otherwise, we just will not know whether the things that have been asked for are working or not.” 


Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

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