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July 1, 2006

For Bonnie Anderson, being elected president of the House of Deputies comes at a time of tremendous opportunity. “I’m really excited about working with the church in this new way,” says the deputy from Michigan, who was...

June 30, 2006

U2’s One filled the room as the crowd waved open cell phones in the air, the electronically glowing faces standing in for the flickering Zippo lighters of decades past. It was not the typical Episcopal worship service, to be sure....

June 30, 2006

Fran McKendree stood on a collapsible stage in a Midwestern hotel ballroom, strumming his guitar and singing for about 100 Episcopalians at General Convention. Deputies, weary from planning meetings, wandered in and out during the show,...

April 1, 2006

Lent traditionally is a time of reflection, contemplation and sacrifice. For some Midwest artists, it’s also a time for expression. Richard Gage, a parishioner of Chicago’s St. James Episcopal Cathedral since 1983, has...

November 1, 2005

Mary Howe has learned to break down barriers by picking up paintbrushes. “[Art] is just a wonderful opportunity to begin conversations with people that you wouldn’t normally have,” she said. “It gives you an...

October 1, 2005

The inspiration for Dreamer, screenwriter John Gatins’ directorial debut, was a real-life nightmare. “I’m from New York, and 9/11 hit me really hard,” Gatins said in a screening interview in Los Angeles for the...

April 30, 2005

When Marcie Lipscomb visited Rwanda in April 2004, she planned to observe the 10-year memorial of the genocide that devastated the small African country. But talking to Rwandan women about their daily struggles sparked Lipscomb's interest...

November 30, 2003

Along with spicy-smelling pine trees, glowing Advent candles and choirs singing "Silent Night," family gatherings are among the most anxiously anticipated activities of the Christmas season. But worldwide, people are celebrating the...

October 31, 2003

It was the dawn of the first day of summer, but no sunlight streamed through the stained-glass windows of the cavernous cathedral. The air was uncharacteristically cool and balmy for a late-June morning in New York, and the interior of...

September 30, 2003

Just a few watery feet from shore, Hakan Agirtmis and his crewmates begin another monotonous day under a sweltering sun. They unloaded their ship's cargo almost three months ago, which cleared room for the daily soccer games the crew...

August 31, 2003

YOU CAN ORDER pizza on the Internet. You also can send mom flowers -- even if you wait until Mother's Day to order them. You can buy movie tickets, check the weather in Paraguay and read e.e. cummings' poetry. Sometimes, you can find...

August 6, 2003

Throughout this General Convention, church leaders have encouraged people to break down walls. But on the day the Rev. Canon Gene Robinson became a bishop, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik told Episcopalians to respect fences. “I strongly believe...

August 4, 2003

Gale Kenny, a 24-year-old graduate student at Rice University, said her relationship with the Episcopal Church goes way beyond Happenings youth retreats. But Kenny says some older adults she has encountered at General Convention seem...

July 31, 2003

The babble of voices that have been debating sexuality issues was drowned out Wednesday evening by a resounding, unified song. Integrity, an association of gay and lesbian Episcopalians and their supporters, held a Eucharist that drew...

July 31, 2003

As the Episcopal Church debates sexuality issues, the Archbishop of South Africa, Winston Ndungane, stressed his unwavering support of the church’s legislative processes and the decisions that will be made in Minneapolis at a Thursday...