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Issue 1, July 30

Issue 2, July 31

Issue 3, August 1

Issue 4, August 2

Issue 5, August 4

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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Media and mission
Convention unprecedented in use of technology


Use of Technology at GC 2003: Television cameras

Use of Technology at GC 2003: International journalists


ECUSA Web Site HomePage screen capture 08-2003

It hasn’t reached 90 degrees outside this month, but the Convention felt the heat anyway.

Hundreds of reporters and their crews came to Minneapolis to follow one of the most-watched stories this summer. The influx of people — and technology — is unprecedented for a Convention that used to register all its guests by hand.

In-house television and streaming video online served as official Episcopal news outlets for the first time.

Less than one mile from the convention center, a television production studio intercepted recorded broadcasts from members of the Convention news team. Each day, Episcopal Church Center employees and a local production crew collaborated to create a 30-minute newscast.

Mike Collins, the show’s production manager, said the biggest challenge he faced was creating a balanced show about an issue that captured the nation’s attention.

“It was challenging for everybody … to not necessarily make [the show] into a soapbox for one side,” Collins said.

Another layer of Convention coverage was found on the Internet. A link from the Episcopal Church’s Web site takes Convention news junkies to online versions of the Convention Daily, reports from the Episcopal News Service – the wire news service at Convention – and a Web cast of the nightly news program.

Ed Cimafonte, who worked with the Web site, said the work has been “pretty insane.”

“The pace has been a fever pitch because we were trying to launch as much as posssibleof the new Web site [which will debut after Convention] to get it in front of the crowd and get feedback,” Cimafonte said.

Patrick Hill, a volunteer from the diocese of Northern California, said he was impressed with the Web site staff’s ability to file so much information on the site so quickly.

“I’ve been to four conventions and this is the most advanced and sophisticated system the Convention has ever used,” Hill said. “We were able to publish articles the minute after they were filed [by the news staff].”

Cimafonte said he was proud of the diversity of stories presented.

“The amount of information … hopefully has provided a much more in-depth view of a Convention that has received national coverage basically for just one issue,” he said.

But because Gene Robinson’s consent process took such a prominent place in newscasts around the world, the Church’s Web site registered a 4,000 percent increase in visitors during the past two weeks, Cimafonte said.

Convention news still will be available on the Episcopal Church Web site,, after Convention concludes.

Electronic voting devices in both the houses also were introduced this year. Many delegates said the electronic devices made them feel more secure that the votes were counted correctly.

“It’s very quick and kind of intriguing to be able to [vote] that way,” said the Rev. Tamsen Whistler, a deputy from the diocese of Missouri. “I like the fact that the [option of an electronic] vote can be there to settle any question of a vocal vote.”

Connie Segura, a deputy from Honduras, attended the Convention in Indianapolis in 1994 — before the advent of electronic voting.
“Everything is easier this way,” Segura said.

She also said she hopes advances in voting technology will appear in Honduras.

“I’m getting anxious to have [this technology] in my country,” Segura said. “We didn’t even know it exists.”

By the Numbers


  • Reporters in line Tuesday to enter press area of the House of Bishops: 40
  • Seats available to press: 27
  • Length of longest wait: 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Seats in the visitors gallery of the House of Bishops: 302 (all filled)
  • TV cameras at the press conference after the confirmation of Bishop-elect Gene Robinson: 12
  • Reporters in House of Bishops press area Wednesday morning: 8

(by Richelle Thompson)


Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

Convention Daily is published online each morning.  The published, hard copy edition is distributed each morning to the Hyatt, Marriott, Westin and Holiday Inn hotels.  Notices for the daily Calendar must be delivered to the volunteer receptionist at Convention Daily office, by 2pm of the day preceding publication.