Category Archives: Economy

Economy and generosity: A Day Eight message from Bishop Shaw

07/15/09:  Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE writes:

Bishop Laura Ahrens of Connecticut and Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, on the floor of the House of Bishops today.

Bishop Laura Ahrens of Connecticut and Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, on the floor of the House of Bishops today.

“Convention buzz today has been partly about the budget for the next triennium.  According to the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance this proposed budget of just over $141 million for the triennium (down from $164 million for 2007-2009) was built around ‘hope, mission, accountability, transparency and honesty.’   Continue reading

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Day Seven legislative update

Here’s where Massachusetts resolutions stand at the close of Legislative Day Seven:

Ian Douglas’s resolution, D019, on recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals as a mission priority, was amended, has passed both houses and is now an official action of General Convention.   Continue reading

Legislative update: Still just bills

It’s Legislative Day Four at General Convention, and resolutions are starting to move through the two houses.  (The whole thing works pretty much like this, just add women serving in both houses and subtract the need for the President’s signature).

Here’s where Massachusetts resolutions stand at this moment: Continue reading

Living simply, sharing the Gospel generously: A Day Three message from Bishop Cederholm

Bishop Bud Cederholm writes:

“When I arrived on Monday, I told our shuttle driver we were from Boston and members of the Manny Ramirez Fan Club (NOT).

“Many of you know I was not a fan of having this convention and know how I agonized over holding a convention this year given the economic recession and financial challenges and priorities each of us and the church face.  My wife, Ruth Ann, and I and our grandchildren had just returned from the best Family Camp ever at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, where children and adults experienced the theme of “Simple Living” in the midst of God’s abundance and the stewardship of God’s creation.  I carry that experience with me here, praying our church will find new ways of being church and sharing the Gospel with generosity, making sacrifices and changing the way we do things so that more resources for the Millennium Development Goals, the work of making disciples and environmental sustainability are available.   Continue reading

Briefly: Day One

07/08/09:  The first day of the 76th General Convention began with the Eucharist, at which Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preached about heart transplants:  “We are in cardiac crisis if we think we can close the doors and swing our incense and sing our hymns and all will be right with the world.  The heart of this body is mission.  …How will this heart push more lifeblood out into a languishing world?”

The day ended with a forum on the global economic crisis that featured Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.  “What we have seen in our world is not simply an economic crisis but a crisis of truthfulness,” Williams said.  “We need to define more carefully and more generously what we mean by wealth.”  Panel members Sarah Eagle Heart, Michael Schut and Dr. Stephen Dzisi, described by House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson as “young vibrant persons doing God’s mission in the world,” got a standing ovation for their “two-sentence” responses to a question about what the Episcopal Church needs to hear about joining God’s mission in the world.

In between:  Legislative committee hearings continued, early and late.  The House of Deputies conducted its first legislative session in fives, adopting “Five Marks of Mission” and the five mission priorities put forward by the Program, Budget and Finance Committee.  The House of Bishops passed its first resolutions, A075 and A076 on relations with the Presbyterian Church and the Church of Sweden, which now go to the House of Deputies for consideration.  The Episcopal Church Women’s Triennial, concurrent with General Convention, had its opening ceremony.  And, even with a sagging economy, Episcopalians still go shopping.

For an even briefer brief, check out the Daily Wrap in the on-demand video section of the Media Hub, where Heidi Shott issues a six-word sermon challenge.  Video from many of the day’s big events is also at the Hub.

Massachusetts speaks up early for MDGs

Ian Douglas testifies for MDGs funding

Ian Douglas testifies for MDGs funding

07/07/09:  With General Convention’s official start still a day away and legislative committee work barely underway, Massachusetts voices were heard early and often today among those advocating reinstated funding for the Millennium Development Goals—support for which seemed to be building on several fronts.  

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‘God’s economy’ tops list of issues

When the Episcopal Church gathers for its 76th General Convention July 8-17 in Anaheim, Calif., the range of issues coming before it will be seemingly as broad as the church itself, with its 2.1 million members in 110 dioceses and 16 countries.

The more than 300 resolutions filed to date span worship and liturgy, economic justice issues, global concerns, Anglican Communion matters, ecumenical and interreligious relations and church governance.  They include requests for rites of blessing for same-gender unions; poverty relief proposals; increased church antiracism efforts, human rights advocacy and environmental policies; continued support for the Millennium Development Goals; peacemaking efforts in world conflict areas; and requests to overturn, nullify or supersede the controversial 2006 resolution B033, which called for “restraint” in electing openly gay bishops.

What it all adds up to, according to the Rev. Jane Gould, a Massachusetts deputy and the rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Lynn, is “a chance to offer a vision of who we are and how God invites us into God’s mission of love and justice in the world.  At our best the particularity of our experience as individual Episcopalians and Episcopal parishes feeds our communal commitments as a church, and then our broad vision inspires and sustains us to stay with the work of the kingdom at the local level.”   Continue reading