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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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Interfaith voices strong in support, but church members fear divisions

8/6/2003
Throughout Convention, church leaders have encouraged people to break down walls; but on the day Canon Gene Robinson became a bishop, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik advised Episcopalians to respect fences.

“I strongly believe religious fences make respectful neighbors,” Potasnik, the president of the New York Board of Rabbis, said Tuesday. “It is inappropriate for another faith community to make a judgment about a different faith community.”

As Episcopalians grow increasingly anxious about the ability of their church to withstand the backlash surrounding Robinson’s consecration, interfaith leaders stressed understanding.

“We are a diverse people and there are different perspectives on the religious spectrum,” Potasnik said. “There is no unity of thought, [but] I know there is a unity of spirit.”

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, with which Episcopalians are in full communion, is not interested in breaking ties under any circumstances, said spokesman John Brooks.

“There will be some members of our denomination who will be concerned if he is confirmed and there are some who will rejoice,” Brooks said. “[But] we have a full communion relationship with the Episcopal Church that continues to grow, and we expect it to continue to bear fruit.”

The ELCA is holding its national assembly in Milwaukee next week, where representatives will discuss — and issue a statement about — sexuality in the church. Brooks said Robinson’s confirmation will probably factor into the discussion.

University of South Carolina Professor Janice Love recently led a dialogue within the United Methodist Church about the effects of homosexuality on church unity.

“I think, clearly, within most churches, homosexuality is one of the most divisive issues that the church is facing right now,” Love said.
The United Methodist Church has a different stance on homosexuality than the Episcopal Church – which has, since the Lambeth Conference in 1998, welcomed its first openly gay bishop and engaged in dialogue about same-gender blessings.

Love said the United Methodist Church forbids the church from ordaining practicing – noncelibate — homosexuals and from using church facilities for same-gender blessing ceremonies.

“[But] there is a rule that people are of sacred worth and that churches should be welcoming of gays and lesbians,” Love said. “It is a stance that differentiates welcoming people into the folds of the church and who is allowed to be ordained.”

But Love said she doubts any reaction to Robinson’s consecration will be substantial.

“It will be by no means a catastrophe,” she said.

But the Rev. David Anderson, the president of the American Anglican Council, said Tuesday night’s decision will cause immediate, divisive reaction from the worldwide Anglican Communion.

“I believe the primates will be sending letters to the Episcopal Church, saying ‘We will not break bread with you anymore,” Anderson said.
He also said: “I am deeply disappointed in the actions that the bishops took. It’s a shattering of the Episcopal Church and the first step of the global church and the Episcopal Church falling apart.”

Anderson said consent to Robinson’s election signaled a shifting of priorities in Church.

“It sends a message that the Episcopal Church’s standards have changed; that they are pro-gay, ready to advocate the gay agenda,” he said.

But the Rev. Susan Russell, the executive director of Claiming the Blessing, said she feels “overwhelming joy and emotion for the new adventure ahead.”

“How grateful I am to be a part of a church that can [confront] these issues,” Russell said.

In response to claims that Robinson’s consent is a violation of the Gospel, she said: “In the final analysis, God is less interested in who we love than do we love.”

The Rev. Michael Hopkins, president of Integrity, said he empathized with those who opposed the decision.

“I understand how it feels to feel like the Church has been taken away from you,” Hopkins said.

But Hopkins said Tuesday’s consent vote is not a usurping of power by an opposition group, but a chance for supporters to “find a common place in the mainstream of the Church,” he said.

David Robinson, a deputy from Rochester, N.Y., said the decision was “bittersweet.”

“I’ve been hoping and praying for this decision for a long time,” Robinson said. “On the other hand, there is a sadness in that decision. … It’s incredibly painful for the people who disagree with that. They have very hard decisions to make now: Where is their place in the Church?”

But Robinson said he hopes that all Episcopalians embrace opponents of the consent: “Hopefully they hear from everybody that their place is here in the church, that their voices still need to be heard.”


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