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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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Consent decision sparks widespread reaction

8/7/2003

The implications of having an openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church began to emerge Wednesday.

“May God bless us as we move ahead into, indeed, what is a different Church than we were in yesterday,” Connecticut Bishop Suffragan James Curry said during a House of Bishops discussion of Tuesday’s vote.

Some Convention participants appeared in the Convention Center Wednesday afternoon with ashes on their foreheads. One woman said the ashes were a sign of repentance. Others were seen wearing black armbands.

Some deputies have gone home, some will stay off the floor for a period of fasting and prayer, and others will return because they feel the need to vote on “other important issues where the orthodox faith of the Church is at stake,” the Rev. Kendall Harmon of South Carolina told the House Wednesday morning.

There were 101 changes in deputations Wednesday morning, according to Convention Secretary Rosemari Sullivan.

The House of Deputies officially welcomed New Hampshire Bishop Coadjutor-elect Gene Robinson at the beginning of its morning session. Some deputies applauded and cheered while others stood silent.

“We reject this action and disassociate ourselves from it,” Harmon said.

Harmon was surrounded on the floor by about 25 supporters as he declared, “this Church has erred and must be corrected by the Anglican Communion.”

The leader of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia, Bishop Dr. Lim Cheng Ean, told the Associated Press that Southeast Asian Anglican bishops may discuss cutting ties with the U.S. church at a meeting next week because of Robinson’s appointment.

“Practicing homosexuality is culturally and legally not acceptable here,” he said. There are four Southeast Asian dioceses — Kuching, Singapore, West Malaysia and Sabah.

“We cannot comprehend a decision to elect as bishop a man who has forsaken his wife and the vows he made to her in order to live in a sexual relationship with another man outside the bonds of his marriage,” the Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis, bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia, told AP.

In Australia, Primate Peter Carnley, archbishop of Perth, said the consent would not tear the Communion apart but that it would have a negative impact. In Sydney, Archbishop Peter Jensen said Robinson would not be welcome in his diocese, AP said. Jensen urged opponents to withhold contributions.

Harmon told the Deputies Wednesday that allowing Robinson to become a bishop was a “profound error” contrary to Scripture and tradition.

“We are not leaving the Church,” Harmon told the quiet house. “It is rather the Church which has left the historic faith and has fractured the Anglican Communion, for whose restoration we pledge our faithful and loving efforts.”

The Rev. Mark S. Anshutz told the House that his fellow Dallas clergy deputy David Roseberry had resigned from Convention. “We commend you . . . to the God who has given you to us. We pledge, I’m sure, our continuing prayers for you for the healing of the body of Christ,” Anshutz said of those who have left.

Telling the House that “God’s will has been manipulated,” clergy deputy Oscar O. Lopez said he is not sure what will happen when he goes home to the 52 missions on which he is dean. “With what just happened here, all the work I have been doing goes down the drain, and I’m very sad for this to have happened,” he said through a translator.

The House of Bishops spent the first hour of their morning meeting listening to statement from some of their colleagues about Tuesday’s consent. Their comments expressed thanksgiving and sadness. All were somber. Some reiterated their concern that allowing Robinson to become a bishop will damage relationships with other parts of the Communion. Others said they saw the possibility for reconciliation.

Douglas Theuner, bishop of New Hampshire, thanked the bishops for the “solidarity of this house,” saying that no bishop has chastised him for asking them to consent to the election of a gay priest to replace him.

“I think the unity of this house where people voted for and against this confirmation is much more profound than anything we see on the surface,” he said.

“There is a unity here that is only described appropriately as the unity of Christ.”

Washington Bishop John Chane said he saw a gift in the way the bishops came to their conclusion Wednesday. He also told the bishops about another gift they will receive from eight bishops from South Africa with whom his diocese partners in mission.

“The gift that we will share with the larger Church is that we will continue to work with you and show the rest of Communion that we can be in disagreement and still work together in mission for Jesus Christ,” Chane said the bishops told him. “That is a beginning point and it is putting new wine in new wineskins.”

Central Pennsylvania Bishop Michael Creighton said he has talked to the bishops of dioceses in Brazil, Uganda, and in the West Nile area with whom he and his people have “fond, working mission relationships.”

“They said to me publicly we cannot support your Church going there, but privately, Mike, you have to do what you have to do. And I asked them, is this going to hurt our common mission and our working together and they said, absolutely not,” he said.

Much reference has been made since Sunday to Nigerian Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon’s warning in his sermon that when America sneezes, other parts of the world catch cold. Honduran Bishop Lloyd Allen told his colleagues Wednesday morning that the ninth province, which he chairs, is in a difficult position of trying to explain how the U.S. Church made this decision. He asked for the bishops’ prayers.

“Honduras is healthy,” he concluded. “We don’t have a cold and we won’t get a cold. We will be the Church God has called us to be. Wherever we are, God’s mercy will be with us.”

 


 


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