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Articles
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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Signs and Wonders

8/6/2003

Kathy Beetham, right, interprets meeting in sign language
  

 
They use their hands to talk in rapid, dance-like motions that often mesmerize even those who can hear all the proceedings in the House of Deputies.

“I’m an actress, and I get a little dramatic,” laughs Donna Scarfe, a sign-language interpreter whose spouse, Alan Scarfe, is the new bishop of Iowa. But she and the other five interpreters don’t worry about how they appear to others, because they’re too busy making sure that the three deaf deputies in the House are able to take part in the work of Convention.

“The interpreters are very well qualified and they’re doing a wonderful job,” said the Rev. Virginia (“Ginger”) Nagel, deputy from Central New York and missioner to the deaf in the Diocese of Albany, interpreted by Rayelenn Casey, another of the official interpreters. “I couldn’t be a deputy without them.”

Other interpreters are Kathy Beetham, Diane Lynch, Nancy Diener and Jan Williamson.

The Rev. Barbara A. Allen, vicar of St. Barnabas Mission of the Deaf in Chevy Chase, Md., and the Rev. Elsa Pressentin of Bad Axe, Mich., coordinated the interpreters for the Convention.

Each of the deaf deputies is assigned an interpreter, so that they are able to sit with their delegations. The interpreters often work in teams of two, and the coordinators work closely with the deputies to make sure that interpreters are available whenever needed. For instance, on last Friday’s Morning of Prayer, each deaf deputy told the coordinators what  presentation he or she wished to attend, and an interpreter was made available.

The presence of the deaf community at Convention, however, goes beyond sign-language interpreters.“Our main goal is to make the Church more aware that there are deaf people in the Church, and we are part of the Church,” said the Rev. Jay L. Croft, president of the Episcopal Conference of the Deaf, speaking through an interpreter at the organization’s Exhibit Hall booth. Croft noted that many dioceses have no ministry at all with deaf persons: some few, including his home diocese of Alabama, along with Washington, D.C., Boston, and Pennsylvania, have congregations in which sign language is the primary language of worship.

It’s not only the profoundly deaf that are served by ECD. Ross cites statistics that ten percent of American people have a hearing loss—and, Ross joked, “the percentage goes up every fall when we begin our stewardship campaign.” More seriously, he said that it is important for the Church to fully include its deaf members, as his organization has advocated since its founding in 1881.

Convention is responding, he said: a resolution proposed by the Diocese of Wyoming would require that hearing assistance be made available at all future General Conventions. A similar resolution from the Diocese of Massachusetts calls for closed-captioning of all audio-visual materials at Convention.

But the deaf aren’t to be coddled or pitied, Cross says. In fact, he says, “I want to make it very clear that these are not interpreters for the deaf. They are sign language interpreters for you. The deaf provide interpreters for the sign-impaired.”


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