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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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Unawareness is root of all racism, PB tells forum

8/5/2003

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold at GC 2003
  

 
At the antiracism forum he hosted Sunday evening, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold said that, as a white male, he was not immune from the state of unawareness found at the root of all racism.

“It is not discreet acts of naughtiness that are the true evil,” he said to the crowd of about 700 attendees, who represented an array of races. “It is the state of unawareness that we lie in that is the ground of all evil that occurs.”

Griswold said racism “is one of the patterns of sinfulness that afflicts us — especially me, as a white male — so I think … this entire [antiracism effort] we have committed ourselves to as an Episcopal Church is about awareness, it is about repentance, and it is about moving into that act of reconciliation where all walls are broken down.”

The Very Rev. George Werner, the president of the house of deputies, shared his experiences with racism growing up in New York City.
“In New York City, if a kid could play shortstop you didn’t care what [color] he was,” Werner said.

But when Werner arranged for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to preach at his Bridgeport, Conn., parish, discomfort about King’s skin color resonated through the parish.

First, Werner said he “caved” and cancelled the guest preacher. When he found the courage actually to bring King to Bridgeport — not long before King’s murder — members of Werner’s community spit on him.

But Werner’s interactions with King and antiracism training provided by the Episcopal Church revealed inborn prejudices from which he might never escape.

“There will not be a day for the rest of my life where I can’t think consciously that part of my sin is ‘isms’ of all kinds,” he said.

After Griswold and Werner shared their experiences, attendees heard testimonials from victims of racism in the Episcopal Church, who shared their struggles in a 35-minute video. 

 Mississippi resident Linda Tolliver said she remembered leaving for her Episcopal church — which welcomed black worshipers — long before the service started, in hopes that she and her family would be able to walk on the sidewalk.

If they left late, she said, the “other” Episcopal church would have dismissed its service and the streets would fill with white people, forcing her to walk in the street.

Alex Montez from Houston, Texas, said he experienced racism one summer while visiting an Episcopal church in Georgia. Montez’s family was unable to find a hotel room to sleep in, which meant they had no place to rest or bathe. Montez’s young son was sweating and hot, and Montez asked an Episcopal priest if he could bathe his son at the priest’s house.

The priest sent Montez to a small house behind the church — even though the priest’s house, located next to the parish, was closer and larger.

“It not only angered me, it saddened me,” Montez said.

The Very Rev. David Chee, rector of St. Gabriel’s Church in Monterey Park, Calif., said many of his Asian parishioners felt rejected by other parishes.

“There is a sense of betrayal,” Chee said. “”A lot of [my parishioners] thought the church should be a spiritual home, and a lot of them were disappointed.”

But the Right Rev. Chip Marble, from the Diocese of Mississippi, said Episcopalians don’t always realize the discreet, divisive attitudes they incorporate into their lives.

“Our freedom is bound up in the freedom of those different from us,” Marble said. “Awareness is the gift of the Spirit, and as we help people really be aware of the subtle forms of racism, we have the potential of making really significant strides [toward better race relations within the Church].”

“It is really a matter of: How do we share power of minority groups? How do we bring people to the table?” Marble said.


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