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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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Earth to Convention…protect our food

8/7/2003

Environmental conservation exhibit at GC 2003
  

 
Amid the heavenly rhetoric of Convention, one committee has been laboring to keep legislators down to earth. The Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology and Faith dug into the realities of 21st century food production, processing and distribution. The result: Resolution A016, Food Security.

It urges Episcopalians to be aware of the changing realities and inherent threats to future production within today’s agribusiness world. Genetically modified crops, degradation of the soil through heavy use of petroleum-based fertilizers and weed-killers, megafarms that treat animals inhumanely, and the demise of the family farm are among the issues committee members addressed.

Of the resolution’s status yesterday, committee member and South Carolina clergy deputy Kendall Harmon said: “I don’t know where it is. It was assigned to the Social and Urban Affairs Committee. I thought it passed the House of Deputies. It might be in Bishops.”

The legislative office had no record of action on it yesterday afternoon.

The resolution title grew from a conference held in 2001 at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, explained Suzanne Youmans, a committee member and farmer’s granddaughter, during a hearing last week.

When the term “food security” raised concerns, committee co-chair Barbara Smith-Moran said, “This is a resolution about stewardship, not about the safety of biodiversity.”

Murray Hudson, a former farmer from West Tennessee, told the group in a Hyatt meeting room, “We need a cooperative, locally grown, regionally based food system.”

Youmans concurred, adding “We need to protect the biological life of the soil.”

Since 1995, genetic manipulation has enabled corporate agriculture to control crop varieties and limit natural diversity of crops. Youmans said “They claimed genetically modified food was the silver bullet to care for hunger in the world.”

Elizabeth Tattersall, a priest and molecular biologist from Nevada, cautioned the committee not to demonize all genetically modified foods. “It has positive and negative points. In some circumstances, genetically modified foods can be extremely helpful,” she said.

Warning against mono-cropping, in which companies exert tight control of seed varieties available to farmers, Deacon Phina Borgeson of Santa Rosa, Calif., said, “We would wind up with a single type of food.”

“There’s a farm crisis all through my ministry,” said Stephen Schaitberger, a northern Minnesota priest who supported the resolution.

Three corporate giants use technology to control their bottom line,” he said. “The church needs to stand with those who have less power.”

“This resolution has a profound impact,” said Steven Charleston, a Native American priest who heads Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.

One of his newest programs engages students with food as a learning opportunity. “The dining hall has become a classroom as well. We see and teach environmental justice as the ground for all other forms of justice. We emphasize prayer and spirit-filled attitude toward food and those who preserve, prepare, and serve it.”

So far, however, amid the furor of bishops, blessings and budgets, the 16-line document has drawn about as much attention as a snowflake in a Minnesota winter.


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