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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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Accusations put Robinson consent on hold
‘This is clearly an attempt to discredit his important nomination’


8/5/2003

The Rev. Gene Robinson is surrounded by well-wishers
  

 

People connected with a set of websites for gay teenagers said late Monday that New Hampshire Bishop-elect Gene Robinson had no ties to their organizations or sites that at one time included links to pornographic sites.

Meanwhile, an official investigation continued into that allegation and another that Robinson had touched another man in an inappropriate way.

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold appointed Bishop Gordon Scruton of Western Massachusetts to investigate the allegations. Griswold disclosed the allegations and investigation publicly after the House of Bishops met in a closed session for nearly an hour Monday afternoon. He said that Robinson and New Hampshire Bishop Douglas Theuner asked for the investigation.

Griswold’s statement replaced the expected House of Bishops consent vote on Robinson’s election. It is not clear when that vote will come, although sources say the investigation could well be done within 48 hours. A resolution on same-gender blessings came onto the bishops’ calendar Monday but word has it that it will not be considered until the Robinson election is decided.

Griswold told the house that the investigation was well underway. Scruton participated in the rest of the afternoon’s session, which lasted until nearly 6 p.m.

 “This is clearly an attempt to discredit his important nomination,” Cathy Kidman, interim executive director of Outright in Portland, Maine, said in a news release.

On Monday, the group did find and remove from its site a link to another site that contained a link to what Outright called “an erotic website.” Kidman said they were not aware of the site’s link, and agreed that it was not appropriate for the young people Outright serves.

Mim Eastron, executive director of Seacoast Outright of Portsmouth, N.H., said in an e-mail to the bishops’ and deputies’ e-mail listserve that the group “does not have any affiliation with Mr. Robinson or the Episcopal Church.”

Eastron said her group cannot control what links are on websites to which Outright links. However, when Seacoast Outright learned that one of the links on its site contained a secondary link to an “adult-oriented” website, the group took the link down from its site.

Another e-mail on the list from New Hampshire priest Robert E. Stiefel said he understood Robinson was a “founding member of the first board of directors of Concord Outright, but that he has not been active with them in some years.” Stiefel said in the e-mail that he understood some pornographic links were posted to the Portland and Concord Outright websites by a hacker. (The website www.outright.org links people with nine independent organizations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.)

The accusation about Robinson’s inappropriate touching was made in an e-mail sent late Sunday night to Vermont Bishop Thomas Ely, asking him not to consent to Robinson’s election and to reject same-gender blessings.

“When I first encountered Gene at a Province I convocation a couple of years ago he put his hands on me inappropriately every time I engaged him in conversation,” wrote David Lewis of Manchester, Vt. “I am a straight man reporting homosexual harassment by a gay male priest from another diocese.”

Lewis could not be reached for comment on Monday.

“One of the real benefits of being part of the Episcopal Church is we do have in place processes to investigate allegations of misconduct,” said the Rev. Susan Russell, director of communications for Integrity. “What I see in that is a desire for nothing but transparency and a conviction that the allegations will be found to be groundless.”

Normally such accusations against a priest would be investigated by the priest’s bishop but in this case Robinson is Theuner’s canon and so Theuner said he knew he had to ask for someone else to look into the accusations. Scruton was chosen during a Monday morning meeting with Griswold and others.

Theuner said he assumes that a report on the investigation will be delivered publicly to the House of Bishops and then released to everyone at Convention.

“I’m very confident,” he said. “I think things will work out as we have intended all along that they would.”

New Hampshire clergy deputy and Standing Committee president Hays Junkin said he hopes people will trust the process. He said the diocese has run its search for a bishop coadjutor in an “open, fair, transparent and Spirit-led way and the Standing Committee will continue this high standard of transition even through this process but we must remain non-anxious as we remain thorough.”

“Obviously, we’d all like it to go as quickly as possible but speed is not the driving thing here. Doing it thoroughly is,” Theuner said. He added that there has been no discussion about what would happen if the investigation cannot be finished prior to the Convention’s scheduled adjournment.

American Anglican Council president David Anderson, referring to the group’s preference that the Convention reject Robinson’s election, said: “This is not the way any of us would want to see it happen.”

“Let’s see if it’s just a spurious allegation by one individual clearly trying to hurt Gene or whether on the other hand it has substance,” he said.

“Gene Robinson is a remarkable man and we know enough about Good Friday to know that anything is possible,” said the Rev. Michael Hopkins of Integrity. “Bouncing back is what the Christian religion is about.”

Convention participants react to accusations

  • “The timing is malicious,” said Brother Scott Borden, novice in the Order of the Holy Cross. “Why would you wait till between the votes?”
  • “I’m just in shock, and I’m sad that we’re at this place,” said Neal Michell, a visitor from Dallas.
  • “I wish that some of this had surfaced before the vote yesterday,” said visitor David Wilson of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, a three-time deputy who is attending Convention as an American Anglican Council member and does not favor consent. “I hope for his sake, really, that if he’s innocent he’s exonerated, and if there’s something to it that he has the grace to withdraw his name,” he said.
  • “This is the Episcopal contribution to daytime soap operas,” said Deputy Samuel Candler, dean of St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta. “I’m stunned and disappointed,” he added.
  • “I believe that the opponents of the decision were waiting to see how it went in the House of Deputies,” said Marion Grau, assistant professor of theology at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. “I really hope that the bishops are not going to chicken out, as they’ve been pussyfooting around it for so long. This is just another strategy move to scare them off. I think it’s a strategy to intimidate and to sow doubt into the minds of bishops that are undecided.”
  • “I think they saw the avalanche coming, and they were desperate,” said the Rev. Johnson Loud, president of the Indigenous Theological Training Institute. “I just like to see fair play.”


Compiled by Convention Daily reporter Sharon Sheridan


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