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August 10, 2003

In a final push to the end over the last two days of General Convention, the House of Deputies dealt with a wide range of resolutions, for the most part concurring with actions of the House of Bishops. In a last-minute flurry of action...

August 8, 2003

In his closing remarks to the House of Deputies, President George Werner Friday urged clergy and congregations to make the most of the evangelistic potential of the first Sunday after General Convention concludes. “Looking at the...

August 7, 2003

While liturgies blessing same-sex unions are celebrated in some parts of the Episcopal Church, the church is not ready to authorize creating common liturgies for such services, General Convention has decided. In a vote by orders, with...

August 7, 2003

Responding positively to the principle that more can be done for mission if less is spent on administration, deputies and bishops unanimously approved a budget of $146,395,000 for the coming triennium Thursday. Without changing the total...

August 6, 2003

Deputies dismayed by the confirmation of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson as bishop-elect of New Hampshire expressed that unhappiness Wednesday morning when more than two dozen stood behind a spokesman as he read a prepared statement on the floor...

August 6, 2003

To the rocking strains of “[Money] Can’t Buy Me Love” and “It’s Been A Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles, volunteers passed out copies of the proposed national budget for the next triennium to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

August 3, 2003

After two nights of hearing testimony about ministries of the church and how they might be funded, the Joint Standing Commission on Program, Budget and Finance paused to consider its particular role: matching income with outgo. The...

August 2, 2003

Despite objections, deputies voted Friday afternoon to endorse the continuation of stem cell research and to call for making embryonic stem cells more widely available to researchers. Randolph Dales of New Hampshire, chair of the Social...

August 1, 2003

General Convention decisions about issues of sexuality might — or might not — affect the funding of the national church budget, the Standing Commission on Program, Budget and Finance was told Thursday. In the first of two...

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...

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...

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