General Convention 2003

Articles

July 31, 2003

“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,” the Rev. John A. M. Guernsey said to the House of Deputies in a special order of business Thursday afternoon, the second day of General Convention...

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...

July 31, 2003

Panelists at Wednesday’s "conversation" exploring convention’s theme, “Engage God’s Mission: Receive, Repent, Reconcile and Restore,” discussed models for making convention and the larger church places of reconciliation and peace.

The meeting was one of five “conversations” drawing...

July 31, 2003

With little dissent, the House of Bishops approved Wednesday afternoon more than a dozen pieces of primarily housekeeping legislation. They also applauded reports from Episcopal Relief and Development and a youth representative.

Flanked by other members of the official youth presence,...

July 31, 2003

With a convoluted process that illustrated, as one deputy put it, “the manner in which we can screw up the simplest thing,” the House of Deputies voted Thursday morning to admit Puerto Rico as a diocese of the Episcopal Church assigned to Province IX.

While there was no disagreement over...

July 31, 2003

Against the backdrop of ongoing hostilities in Iraq, a panel of military chaplains and peace activists considered war in a forum Wednesday night, but mostly as a way to talk about peace.

The forum was one of five "conversations" drawing hundreds of people to presentations onteh opening...

July 31, 2003

The House of Deputies began 10 days of debate and decision Wednesday by addressing issues of fair sentencing laws and health care.

The 831 deputies seated included 416 clerical and 415 lay deputies.

Following an impassioned endorsement by a judge, deputies overwhelmingly approved...

July 31, 2003

On the eve of what promises to be historic debate on the Episcopal Church’s doctrine and order, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold emphasized the importance of listening to the church’s “diverse center” in the convention’s opening news conference.

“One thing I am deeply aware of in our...

July 31, 2003

It’s a movement, not a program. Chances are those at General Convention attending any of the daily 25 legislative committee hearings will hear the term “20/20” as deputies discuss hundreds of resolutions flowing through their hands. That’s just what the 20/20 Strategy Group from the Standing...

July 31, 2003

David Elliott, a deputy from Mississippi, is also a grandfather who spoke of the hope that stem cell research could offer his granddaughter. She suffers from a genetic disease that likely will kill her before she reaches adulthood.

The Rev. Neil Lebhar, a visitor from the Diocese of...

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