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Issue 6, August 5

Issue 7, August 6

Issue 8, August 7

Issue 9, August 8 (Final)

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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World Mission statement calls for new focus on evangelism, service

Now is the time for change. That message came through loud and clear at the presentation of a new vision for world mission on Saturday.

With globalization widening the gap between rich and poor, religious and political oppression spreading, the earth “groaning” under environmental misuse and millions of people never getting a chance to hear the gospel, a new focus becomes vital, said the Rev. Dr. Titus Presler, chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission.

“It’s not money … not programs … it’s people … Our offering of personal presence is central,” said the former missionary to Zimbabwe who now serves as dean and president of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. “Mission is fulfilled primarily through relationship.”

 Presler was summarizing the new vision for world mission prepared by the commission. It calls for the church to address  “poverty and the evil powers which perpetuate suffering; environmental degradation … AIDS … violence of all kinds, especially against religious minorities, women and children.”

In what many consider a startling departure from the past, the vision statement, titled “Companions in Transformation: The Episcopal Church’s World Mission in a New Century,” calls for a new focus “among peoples with little or no gospel exposure,” people in parts of the world where there are no Anglican partners, where other faiths — particularly Islam — dominate and even make mission work dangerous.

That change drew praise and thanks from several speakers at the evening presentation at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Bishop Mano Rumalshah, former leader of the church in Pakistan, said he “thanked God” for this new offering. “Even in England, they are taking it seriously.”  Rumalshah told of how, just after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack, he asked the presiding bishop: “Tell me, your grace, where your church is consciously involved with the world of Islam?”

The Rev. Tad deBordenave, director of Anglican Frontier Mission, also applauded the added direction, saying there are “compelling reasons” to support “those who have none of our resources … the most compelling being because Christ loves them and wants them in his kingdom.”

The Rev. Canon Patrick Mauney, director of the Office of Anglican and Global Relations, admitted, “It has worried me for some time now that there has been no vision held up before the church.” The existing model of world mission, developed in the ’60s and ’70s, addressed a different world and a time when the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society devoted a far larger percentage of its money to supporting overseas dioceses. Those needs have eased; yet, he insisted, “It is absolutely true that the Episcopal Church cannot not be involved in world mission. We stand as the colossus in the world as a country and, frankly, as a church in terms of our human and financial resources. So we can’t not be involved.”

Copies of the new vision statement, included in every deputy’s and bishop’s registration packet, can be obtained from Morehouse Publishing. 


Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

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