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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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Budget decisions favor youth, cultural services


GC 2003: ASL interpreter dances to 'can't buy me love'


General Convention found its bottom line yesterday afternoon when both deputies and bishops concurred on the 2004-06 budget. The triennial budget was approved in little more time than it takes to write a check – for $146,395,000 to be exact.

Bonnie Anderson from the Diocese of Michigan, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Smith from the Diocese of Connecticut and others on the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance were all smiles as “yes” votes resounded. There was very little debate in either house or at a final hearing Thursday morning.

“We chose to take a middle way to provide a challenge for all of us,” Smith said of the process of redistributing monies in the preliminary budget prepared by the Executive Council.

“We could have rooted up the budget, or we could have simply passed it on as we received it,” Smith said.

In line with a new directive rising from the 2000 Convention, input by those creating programs within the five priority areas – Young Adults and Youth, Reconciliation and Evangelism, Congregational Transformation, Justice and Peace, and Partnerships – was sought and reflected in the final figures.

Canonically bound to shape a balanced budget based on revenue from diocesan contributions, investment, interest and other income, PB&F members borrowed from Peter to fund Paul.

“We were able to shift $1.43 million from canonical and corporate areas to program and mission,” Rushing said.

That includes a $290,000 budget cut from committees, commissions, agencies and boards; $50,000 each from the office of the presiding bishop, the General Convention site and facilities, archives, and ecumenical and interfaith relations.

Reductions in the corporate section of the budget included $100,000 from both telecommunications and building services, and $75,000 from the treasurer’s office.

Most of the “found” money was transferred to one area: ministries with young people, which gained $1 million, to be allocated during the next year. 

 Other increases included $150,000 each to overseas dioceses and Jubilee ministries, and $130,000 to develop multicultural and multilingual liturgies.

“To me, it is just so incredibly exciting,” the Very Rev. Ernesto Medina, vice chair of the deputies Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music, said Aug 1. “We were able to put together a resolution that from the very beginning allows the voices that have never been heard to be heard.”

During sessions Thursday and Wednesday, six dioceses received recognition for sending more than the 21 percent standard to the national church. Those dioceses are: Central Gulf Coast, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Newark and Washington.

Convention Daily reporter Sharon Sheridan contributed to this story.


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