General Convention 2003

Articles

November 17, 2005

The fair linen that covered the altar at the 74th General Convention in Minneapolis was donated this summer by the Executive Office of the General Convention and the National Altar Guild Association to St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the Diocese of the Rio Grande.

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December 4, 2003

The Episcopal Church needs to work out matters of "extended episcopal ministry" within its own provincial borders, and unhappy congregations should not expect "direct intervention" by anyone outside the Episcopal Church in the United States--including the archbishop of Canterbury, Presiding...

October 31, 2003

Media coverage of this summer's General Convention focused the harsh lights of celebrity -- at least for a week -- on how Episcopalians choose bishops. The process normally is not so surrounded by media scrutiny, but it is always an important step for a diocese.

The men and women...

October 13, 2003

After two days of hearing speakers denounce actions of the 74th General Convention, call for intervention by other Anglican primates in the American church, and advise redirection of funds by individuals and parishes, the majority in a gathering of some 2600 Episcopalians and others signed on...

October 1, 2003

The ecumenical agenda of the Episcopal Church has been strained but not irreparably damaged by the decisions of the recent General Convention to endorse the election of an openly gay bishop and acknowledgement that dioceses are blessing same-gender relationships, according to observers.

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September 26, 2003

Almost lost in the highly visible controversies around sexuality were some visionary decisions made by General Convention on how to use its resources to fund the church's mission. Out of 324 pieces of legislation, resolution D086 setting the budget for the next triennium may have the most long-...

September 15, 2003

A group of 10 Episcopal bishops from across the spectrum of views on human sexuality met with Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold in New York September 10-11 to discuss local reaction to General Convention's decisions about the election of an openly gay bishop and the blessing of same-gender...

August 31, 2003

NOT FOR 27 YEARS, since the Episcopal Church decided to ordain women as priests, have the decisions of a General Convention reverberated so soundly across the nation and throughout the Anglican world. This time it was about a gay priest recently elected a bishop and about whether same-gender...

August 24, 2003

DURING OUR GENERAL Convention in Minneapolis, media observers frequently noted that the Episcopal Church set an example in dealing with highly contentious issues. One newspaper editorial noted our "thoughtfulness and mutual respect for one another." Our "civility" was frequently remarked on,...

August 24, 2003

In letters to the other 37 primates of the Anglican Communion and to the clergy of the Episcopal Church USA, Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold offered his perspectives on some of the controversial actions of the Minneapolis General Convention—and he committed himself to “helping our church to...

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