Presiding Bishop addresses ECW

July 31, 2003

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold entered ECW’s Plenary III meetings to the sounds of “Hail to the Chief” on the piano to address the women in attendance. Calling ECW “an integral part of this vast gathering,” Griswold focused on the mission of the church in the reconciliation of all things in Christ by breaking down divisions.

Beginning by reconciling ourselves to our own imperfections, he explained, we then welcome each other in generosity and recognize that our differences are “a part of the larger truth of Christ.” His role as presiding bishop, he said, is to bring everyone into the conversation; ours is to become global in reconciliation.

Other business

The slate of officers for election was presented; elections will be held immediately following Saturday morning’s Eucharist service.

A bylaw amendment concerning nominations was approved. In the future, nominations made from the floor may be submitted up to 24 hours before the designated election time. This change was made to accommodate the new Triennial Meeting schedule, compressing all business meetings into the first week of the meeting.

Treasurer Patricia Tourangeau reported on the financial transactions of the past three years. She reminded members that financial aid is available for Triennial Meeting expenses, and those forms must be sent to each diocesan ECW president and bishop before each Triennial Meeting.

The ECW National Board has awarded grants to several sister organizations. The United Thank Offering, Church Periodical Club, Episcopal Women’s Caucus, National Altar Guild, and Girl’s Friendly Society each received $500 grants.