General Convention 2003

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August 5, 2003

With a unanimous voice vote, deputies admitted the Diocese of Venezuela into the Episcopal Church Tuesday morning (A142).

Because the diocese still must take several steps to fulfill the requirements of full membership, including conforming its constitution and canons with the...

August 5, 2003

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold announced Tuesday morning that the House of Bishops would hear a report in the afternoon session about the investigation of the Rev. Gene Robinson, bishop coadjutor-elect of New Hampshire.

“It appears that Bishop Scruton will be ready to give a report this...

August 5, 2003

With every seat filled in the House of Bishops – 302 chairs in the visitors gallery and 27 seats in the press area – Bishop Gordon Scruton rose Tuesday afternoon to the podium and detailed his investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Bishop-Elect Gene Robinson.

“The Gospel of...

August 5, 2003

The House of Bishops took the first step Tuesday to remove the voting rights of resigned bishops.

Resolution B005 proposes a constitutional change that gives seat and voice to all bishops – but vote only to bishops with jurisdiction, coadjutors, suffragans, assistants and every bishop...

August 4, 2003

A resolution (A060) proposing that seminarians study contemporary language and engage in cross-cultural programs is bouncing back and forth between the two houses as deputies and bishops wrestle over whether such training should be mandatory or simply “encouraged.”

“It’s had a tortured...

August 4, 2003

With little debate, and in the context of a budget priority highlighting ministry with youth and young adults, deputies overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday that would request $3 million for training programs and resources for ministers working with younger age groups.

The...

August 4, 2003

The House of Deputies completed election of 12 trustees to the Church Pension Fund on Monday, Aug. 4. The names now go to the House of Bishops for confirmation.

Elected for a three-year term were Barbara Creed of the Diocese of El Camino Real and Cecil Wray of the Diocese of New York....

August 4, 2003

Expressing concern about the proposed dates of the 75th General Convention, the House of Bishops moved to table a resolution until Friday that would set the site in Columbus, Ohio. Several bishops said the proposed dates of June 12-19, 2006, would make it difficult for young people who are...

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 surprised that her days of singing Episcopal camp songs are...

August 3, 2003

After 27 years of ordained ministry by women, the time for talking is over, deputies stated Sunday afternoon.

Deputies approved a heavily amended resolution (A017) that would have requested $50,000 for a national conversation “to assist the whole church to promote, explore and develop...

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