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Articles
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 sees future with 20/20 vision
Foundation set for evangelism, growth


8/8/2003

GC 2003: Gospel choir leads worship,
Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold presides at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.  

 
20/20 graphic with voting keypad
  

 

The Episcopal Church is reaching out to the world with more than headlines and sound bytes at this General Convention: the comprehensive 20/20 approach to evangelism and church growth is taking shape to proclaim that the church is for everyone.

 “We are fostering a mission perspective,” said Sarah Lawton, chair of the 20/20 Strategy Group and vice chair of the Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism. “It’s something you cannot legislate, but lay out the framework. We’re fostering that culture in every level — national church, diocese, and congregations — and it’s being received joyfully.”

 Lawton, a deputy from the Diocese of California, has spent long hours on the Convention floor considering legislation. Agreeing that a legal process doesn’t make a church, she also knows that in many ways, in the Episcopal Church, it is legislation adopted by General Convention that drives the action. 

 “We want to be disciples who make disciples. We preach not the Episcopal Church, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as servants for Jesus’ sake,” said the Rev. John A. M. Guernsey, chair of the Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism, addressing the House of Deputies on the second day of convention.

 “The emergence of the 20/20 vision opened our eyes,” the Rev. James Lemler told Deputies. “The church needs to get ready for the mission we are talking about.”

Resolutions spread into nine areas (leadership, spirituality, prayer and worship, research, new congregational development, vital congregations, the Next generation, communications, funding and reporting) and emerged with challenges to the church to be “a church we haven’t seen yet,” according to the Rev.Winnie Varghese, chaplain at Columbia University. 

 Though many resolutions remain to be adopted by both Houses during the closing hours of deliberation, enough have already been put into action that will begin to turn this ship around, Lawton said.

 “Many of these have a sense of urgency,” to get on with the mission of the church, she said. Resolutions to help the growth of vital congregations through evangelism, education, communication and spirituality, prayer and worship have been adopted, she noted.

Episcopalians should see efforts to plant churches speed up with partnership money for dioceses and congregations earmarked from the national church—especially those reaching out to underserved areas, diverse populations, and urban areas.

New funding would also provide publications in different languages, especially Spanish, to reach the quickly growing Latino presence in the United States.

The 20/20 vision has also identified ministry with youth and young adults as the number one priority of the church.

Liturgy is a central subject contained in several resolutions, including the House of Bishops reauthorizing “Enriching our Worship” to expand liturgies and music to reflect the diversity of cultures and peoples to which the Episcopal Church is reaching out.

 “We breathe in through liturgy, and breathe out in action,” said Lawton. Embracing ceremonies reflected in many languages and cultures and incorporating them into Episcopal liturgies will enrich the church. 

 Urging or requiring contemporary language competency for those seeking ordination was discussed in both houses. Whether it will be the stronger “required” from the bishops or “encouraged” from the deputies, it still has raised the bar on awareness and reality of the flood of immigrant population coming to this country and those of the Episcopal Church from Latin America in the ninth province of the church.

 “Regardless, it elevated the discussion for the first time about bringing (multicultural) leadership everywhere to the center,” Lawton said. “We never send missionaries out into the world without training and a level of competency. We must think of domestic mission in the same sense as foreign—for they are here, among us. We are urging dioceses to get people thinking about that.”

 One of the most important steps was approval of leadership programs for 18-25- year-olds, internships for young people, and money to fund it, Lawton noted. Convention is considering a budget that includes $5.3 million for youth and young adult ministries for a $146.4 million total.

 “That is huge. These are our leaders for the next generation. Youth and young adults were taken seriously and identified as the number one priority identified by Program, Budget and Finance,” Lawton said.

 “It is an exciting time to be an Episcopalian,” said the Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas in a General Convention newscast interview. Domestic and international mission are entwined, and this convention has named both a great urgency and greater understanding for the church to act.

 Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold said in his opening address the first day of Convention, “My prayer is that this convention will be a part of the continuing process of discovery and growth.” 

 As Convention comes to a close, Lawton said, “We need to adjust to being a church in a very changing time. People seem ready to embrace this. Now go home and do it.”


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