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Some highlights from ECUSA's General Convention

Posted on: August 4, 2004 12:44 PM
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by Matthew Davies

There are some wonderfully dynamic things happening in the Episcopal Church, USA (ECUSA). The 20/20 movement is one of these great things, which is challenging the church to look at itself in dynamic new ways. Although it has an objective to double the Episcopal Church's attendance by 2020, the real emphasis is being placed on proclaiming the Gospel, relating to young people, and changing the culture of the church as it engages with and welcomes all people throughout the world.

According to the Episcopal News Service, a one-hour presentation took place where clergy and lay voices, from teens to retirees, enthusiastically lined up at microphones to talk about how new ideas and cutting-edge ministries were opening exciting opportunities to spread the Gospel.

Confirming that Episcopal Church is a growing church, the House of Bishops have resolved that the Diocese of Puerto Rico be admitted to ECUSA, and recognise it as a diocese in union with General Convention.

As the announcement was made and much to the delight of the House, the Bishop of the Dominican Republic , joined by several other bishops, celebrated in Spanish song. The Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, the Most Revd Frank T. Griswold, said, "We are delighted that Puerto Rico is now part of our larger community."

The House of Bishops has also applauded the work of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). Sandra Swan, President of ERD, received a standing ovation during her presentation on Wednesday 30 July. She highlighted many of the agency's new programs, such as building communities in Honduras and El Salvador following major natural disasters; and helping disadvantaged women in South Africa achieve economic self-sufficiency.

"Episcopal Relief and Development works to give people the tools to control their own lives, to make their own choices, and live into the fullness of life," she said.