General Convention 2006

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, and I will praise you . . . Psalm 43:3-4

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church
met in Columbus, Ohio from June 11-21, 2006.
This blog offers a view of the convention and beyond from the perspective of Lydia Evans, a two-time lay deputy from the Diocese of South Carolina.
Visit the links found below for additional resources
as well as pre- and post-convention coverage.
Thank you for remembering the convention deputies and their families in your prayers. For further resources, visit my webpages.
For all posts from the month of June, click here.
For all posts from the month of July, click here.


When is the World Going to Realize This is NOT about Sex?

The headline in Sunday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reads Episcopalians Still Wrestling with Issues of Sex.

"In the three years since the Episcopal Church USA ordained an openly gay bishop at its last General Convention, the concerted efforts of the denomination and the worldwide Anglican Communion seemed to focus on a single topic: sex.

"Now, with the church's nine-day convention opening Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, those three years' worth of arguments, strategies and position papers about gay ordination and same-sex blessings have been winnowed to a handful of resolutions that will determine the American church's future relationship to its more than 70 million fellow Anglicans around the world.

"And it all could hinge on the wording of a few phrases.

"The triennial convention comes at a critical juncture in the Episcopal Church's 221-year history and at a time when the church is riven by an increasingly rancorous internal debate over interpretation of Scripture and inclusion of homosexual clergy.

But, wait a minute. Here's someone who is looking beneath the surface.

"There's certainly never been a moment when the Episcopal Church has been in a more precarious position," said Dr. Les Fairfield, a recently retired professor of church history at the conservative Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge. "What's at issue at the General Convention is a choice between two different religions. The issues have never been deeper."

Here's the rest of the article.


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