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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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Church heads home to questions


GC 2003: AAC Place to Stand booth

The Rev. David Anderson

The Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh

Most participants at Convention are taking a deep breath as they head back to their congregations to face the question of where the Episcopal Church is headed now that it has consented to the election of a gay partnered priest as a bishop and local dioceses more latitude to conduct blessings for same-gender relationships.

There was no dearth of opinions and predictions in the Convention Center.

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold said he did not think the Church was a different church from the one it was two weeks ago. “I think we’re the same church but in a somewhat different place,” he said.

“So I come away with a great respect for our capacity to listen to one another, to seek to make common cause with each other, to make room for one another’s differences. I also come away very aware of how deeply pained a number of people are,” he said. “I think of many people not only here at the Convention but in our congregations and dioceses across the country who are going to need some time, some time to assimilate and work their way through what the Convention has done.”

New Hampshire Bishop-elect Gene Robinson predicted that the Convention would be an evangelism tool.

“I think that this process says to the world that we worship a God who loves us beyond our wildest imagining and the Episcopal Church will do everything it can to embody that love which embraces all of God’s children,” Robinson said. “I think that will be a very welcome message for those who are looking for a church home.”

The Rev. Canon David Anderson of the American Anglican Council agreed that this might happen. “They might very well find (the Episcopal Church now) a place where they feel comfortable, less likely that their lifestyle will be challenged,” he said.

Anderson said he will ask the primates of the Communion to form a new province, the Province of North America, for the “very significant number of people” who will leave the church.

During Tuesday’s consent debate in the House of Bishops, Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh said that consenting to Robinson would create a “time of chaos and loss” that the Church has not seen since the threats of schism made during the years before the Civil War. To consent “would — in my opinion, and from Church history — give us a sense of nullity about the actions of this Convention,” Duncan said. He said that his position conforms to fourth-century Church councils.

Anderson said he wants “a province where we would be able to live next door to our brothers and sisters but not be responsible for the governance of the other, nor the discipline of the other, and they not responsible for us in the same way as before.”

Anderson did not clearly answer the question of whether this move would conflict with the Council of Nicea’s 4th-century ruling that forbids bishops with competing jurisdictions to operate in the same geographic area.

The AAC plans to have a closed meeting of sympathetic bishops, canons to the ordinary, chancellors and rectors in Plano, Texas, Oct. 7-9 “to talk nuts and bolts about where we go from here.”

The AAC claims to have 25 bishops aligned with it and 25 more who vote the AAC line based on the issues. Anderson said “a number of parishes” are having special vestry meetings next week and will hold congregational meetings. Some bishops are considering calling special diocesan conventions or days of conversation.

Anderson said his hope for a win-win solution has him thinking about Robinson’s story of how he and his former wife ended their marriage vows by releasing each other from them while agreeing to take good care of their children. “I wonder if in some way, in a most bizarre sense, there’s a paradigm for a church in what he said and did in his own life,” he said.

Likening the Church’s life to a marriage covenant among its members, Anderson wondered “if there is any possibility that somehow we keep our covenant or our vows by breaking them honorably, respectfully, and commit, even though we might have to live separately, that we pledge to jointly look after our offspring. What in the world would that look like? That’s a question on my part, not an answer.”

Otis Charles, who came out as a gay man after he retired as bishop of Utah, said the Communion is more flexible than we might imagine. He used the example of polygamy. Bishops at the 1978 Lambeth Conference agreed that forcing converts to Christianity to put away all but one of their wives would push those women into poverty and shame. Charles noted that Utah’s founding bishop, Daniel Tuttle, fought against polygamy.

“We do have the ability, the propensity to hold together a variety of cultures,” he said.

Charles said he thinks the relationships formed during the House of Bishops may help in the days to come. He shared a table with Quincy Bishop Keith Ackerman, among others. Ackerman was one of the bishops who opposed Robinson’s consent.

“I now have a new bond with Keith,” he said. “As a result of that, I now feel a commitment to somehow stay connected with him.”


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