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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

‹‹ Return
A whole world in our hands
Reconciliation vital amid globalization, Convention affirms


Hand holding earth squeeze ball

Abagail Nelson, Director of Latin American Programs for ERD at GC 2003

For Abagail Nelson, the director of Latin American programs for Episcopal Relief and Development, shrimp in Ecuador are an apt symbol of both the inequity and complexity of economic issues that affect the developing and the developed world.

Nelson, a developmental economist, was one of three young people selected by Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold to represent both the church’s response to globalization and to witness the possibility of global reconciliation at “God’s Mission in a Global Perspective” last week.

Nelson says her journey into the world of shrimp farmers in Ecuador helped her enter into a multitude of different points of view. “I became more committed to these webs of interrelatedness and more dedicated to holding their faces before me as I tried to reconcile their lives to my one of choice, travel and privilege.”

 During her first visit to Ecuador as a 20-year-old exchange student, Nelson saw that much of its coastal economy ran on shrimp and became fascinated by how much Ecuadorians knew about the United States and how little Americans knew about them. Later, she returned to Ecuador to follow the shrimp trail from the water to the plate. In the process, she lived with larva fishermen, talked to shrimp farmers who were worried about illnesses that could decimate their harvests, learned how to throw a net and met activists who wanted to stop the farmers from cutting down mangrove forests.

Each of us must ask what kind of link in the chain we will be, Nelson said. But she doesn’t think it’s worth taking time to feel guilty for having clean water or nice things. Nor should we waste time trying to justify our way of life to others. Instead, she said, “I believe that God calls each of us to stretch ourselves to truly identify with another reality. Walk in another’s shoes for a while. See what the pebble feels like from his or her perspective.”

In this kind of intercession, each of us can redeem our own lives, Nelson said, and realize “there, but for God’s will, sit I. When we mutually enter into another’s space, we become part of a transformation of grace that leads us to dedicate our gifts to helping the marginalized, to those left out, the losers, the victims.”

This kind of thinking can be scary at first, Nelson said. “But God does not call us to be comfortable. He calls us to be whole. In wholeness we learn that oppressive systems limit the oppressor as much as they do the oppressed. In wholeness we reorder the priorities of our lives, our jobs, our purchases and use our gifts and talents, our education and our money so that there are no more victims.”

At the conclusion of Nelson’s presentation, the audience, obviously moved and impressed, rose and applauded her for a full two minutes.


Full General Convention 2003 Schedule

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