General Convention 2006

Articles

March 4, 2007

After a lengthy debate which drew over a dozen speakers plus the introduction and subsequent defeat of two amendments, the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey approved a resolution at its Convention March 3 that "expresses its deepest regret for the pain and anguish suffered by our gay and lesbian...

September 30, 2006

I’ve been conducting an informal survey here on the East Coast and among friends and colleagues around the world, asking, “What have you heard about General Convention?” I was there and can tell you quickly what I thought.

We are a different church than we were three years ago (in a...

July 1, 2006

The hottest item you could get at General Convention this year wasn’t the beloved Amish fudge.

It wasn’t any of the T-shirts with their clever sayings offered for sale in the Exhibit Hall. Not the “Kenyon is not near Uganda” shirt that made some folks laugh right out loud as they passed...

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 unanimously elected on June 14. Her three-year term of office began...

June 30, 2006

Lay and ordained leaders from both home and abroad almost without exception welcomed warmly the election of Katherine Jefferts Schori as presiding bishop. Some of the most powerful comments came from women.

The Rev. Canon Nan Peete, of Washington, D.C., was the first ordained woman ever...

June 30, 2006

This column is taking shape only a few days after the 75th General Convention adjourned, so my thoughts are necessarily tentative. I went into this meeting, unlike the conventions I attended from 1991 to 2003, with fewer predictions about what could or should occur. Of course I carried certain...

June 30, 2006

The Episcopal Church took a bold step in the campaign to rid the world of hunger and poverty. In a ringing endorsement of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and the ONE campaign, General Convention promised total support – political, spiritual and financial.

The budget for...

June 30, 2006

Surrounded by a historical timeline recounting the countless contributions and sacrifices that women have made to the church, 188 bishops sang many hymns, prayed many prayers and then, on the fifth ballot, took a historic step on June 18 to elect the church’s first female presiding bishop....

June 30, 2006

Her hands streaked in a rainbow of marker ink, a young girl sat at a table near the back of the General Convention worship space, carefully coloring green around the edges of fabric flower petals. Around the table and at others nearby, her compatriots worked with adult volunteers to attach...

June 30, 2006

A new mass setting, composed in honor of Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold, premiered at the General Convention festival Eucharist June 17.

Composed by Craig Phillips, associate director of music and composer-in-residence at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, Calif., the...

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Katharine Jefferts Schori, bishop of Nevada, was elected June 18 as the first woman Presiding Bi

The Presiding Bishop is the church’s chief pastor and the key leader in articulating the vision

Bishops, clergy and lay people from Episcopal dioceses all over the world will make broad decisi