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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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For the living of these days
Robinson ready for new ministry


GC 2003: Gene Robinson sitting with the New Hampshire deputation

GC 2003: Gene Robinson speaking with young people

GC 2003: The Rev. Canon Gene Robinson, Bishop Coadjutor-elect of New Hampshire

When Gene Robinson told the Church he was gay, he feared his career as priest would be over.

But Robinson’s official introduction into the House of Bishops on Wednesday cemented his place in Church leadership.

“I have gotten so much support here, and, despite a few shrill voices, for the most part everyone has been so respectful,” Robinson said. “I have a full and sufficient number of hugs.”

Many came from supporters, whom Robinson said were “unusually warm.” But most striking were the reactions of opponents who threatened to walk out of the House of Bishops upon Robinson’s consent.

“I sat in the House of Bishops for the first time, and a number of bishops came up and said, ‘You know I wasn’t able to vote for your consent, but now that you’re here in the House of Bishops, I consider you a brother bishop, and I look forward to working with you,’” Robinson said.

Tuesday night’s consent vote, its impact softened by the bishops’ somber voices singing the hymn “Ubi Caritas,” transformed foes into sympathizers, if not supporters.

One bishop, who Robinson said had been a strong opponent, apologized for withholding applause when Robinson’s consent was announced.

“He said that’s no way to build relationships in the House and pledged himself to working this out,” Robinson said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

But there are some things preventing Robinson from feeling whole: His perennial garden desperately needs weeding, and he has not seen his 3-week-old granddaughter, Morgan Isabella, since Convention began.

Before he is consecrated in November, Robinson is going to share his Convention experience with the diocese he will soon serve as a bishop.

“I’m going to be preaching in all the congregations,” Robinson said. “I will tell them that the Episcopal Church is alive and well and growing and exciting and blessed by God. … I’m sure that our parishioners are going to be very excited to hear first hand from me how [Convention] was, how it felt, how God was present in it, and I will be eager to tell them that.”

Robinson said his message will be one of understanding and respect for his strongest supporters and most determined opponents.
“I don’t regard any of these people as my enemies,” he said. “I feel that the debate was carried out in such a positive way and, after all, the ultimate result was that I was given consent by the General Convention.”

Even though protests to Robinson’s consent were swift and poignant – the day after his vote, some wore black armbands or ashen crosses on their foreheads as signs of mourning – he does not predict a split in the Church.

“Our unity is not imperiled but is very achievable, and that is for one reason – because God wants that,” Robinson said. “The Holy Spirit is that which draws us together despite that which might divide us. … That Spirit remains in the Church, working to heal wherever rifts might surface.”

Robinson said he was encouraged by the early signs of temperance in those who spoke out against his consent.

“I think it’s important to put [the protests] in perspective,” he said. “By my count there were about  25 or 30 people who left the House of Deputies feeling that they could no longer participate, and that’s out of nearly 900.

“That is not to diminish what is happening for those folks, but it’s to put it in perspective. This was not the massive walkout that was predicted.”

Robinson said he has tried to depersonalize the dissent and remember that “people are arguing about an issue and a theological principle, and not about me personally.”

“Occasionally some of the more shrill voices have come through my protective barrier and pierced my heart, but for the most part I have been proud to be part of the Episcopal Church and proud to be part of this discussion.”

The discussion, which sparked worldwide debates about sexuality and religion, created a venue for Robinson, with his newfound celebrity, to share the Church’s message.

“I’m trying to win fans for Jesus, not for Gene Robinson,” he said. “I’ve been trying to use every opportunity with the press to talk about the Episcopal Church what a wonderful fellowship it is, what a terrific and marvelous Savior we serve, what a great God we have; and if [people are] looking for something like that in [their] lives, then come on in because the Episcopal Church wants you.”

Robinson said he already has received an outpouring of calls and e-mails from people saying his reception as bishop of New Hampshire has led them to the Episcopal Church – a church where they will feel included.

“In New Hampshire, since my election, every single one of our congregations is reporting new people every Sunday who say they are coming in because of [my consent],” he said.

Robinson’s election has shaken the Church, but the Church will not crumble, he said.

“It won’t be too long before this is old news, and there will be other [openly] gay and lesbian bishops” he said.

And the Convention that could set the wheels in motion to institutionalize consenting to gay and lesbian bishops sends an important message to the world, Robinson said.

“This process says that we worship a God who loves us beyond our wildest imagining,” he said. “The Episcopal Church will do everything it can to embody that love which embraces all of God’s children.”

GC 2003: The Most Rev. Frank Tracy Griswold, III, Presiding Bishop (vested)



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