Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori M.Div., Ph.D.
December 2006: '“Shalom” – peacemaking defined by the Prophet Isaiah and reiterated by Jesus in Luke’s gospel – is a ministry priority for Katharine Jefferts Schori, who takes office November 1, 2006, as 26th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.
Bishop Jefferts Schori was elected to this office on June 18, 2006 by vote of the 75th General Convention, in Columbus, Ohio. This Convention also set the United Nations Millennium Development Goals as the Episcopal Church’s top mission priority. In her full endorsement of these goals, Bishop Jefferts Schori calls upon Episcopalians and the wider global community to work together for their implementation.
Bishop Jefferts Schori’s career as an oceanographer preceded her studies for the priesthood, to which she was ordained in 1994. She remains an active, instrument-rated pilot – a skill she applied when traveling between the congregations of the Diocese of Nevada, where she was elected bishop in 2000 and ordained to the episcopate February 24, 2001. At the time of her election as bishop of Nevada, she was assistant rector of the Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, Oregon.
Bishop Jefferts Schori, 52, holds a B.S. degree in biology from Stanford University (1974), an M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1983) in oceanography from Oregon State University, an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (1994), and an honorary D.D. (2001) also from CDSP.
Bishop Jefferts Schori was born March 26, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida. She grew up in the Seattle area and later moved with her family to New Jersey. Bishop Jefferts Schori and her husband, Richard Miles Schori, a retired theoretical mathematician (topologist), were married in 1979. They have one daughter, Katharine Johanna, 25, who is a first lieutenant and pilot in the U. S. Air Force.
Bishop Jefferts Schori brings to her ministry emphases on baptismal ministry and adult education. As Presiding Bishop, she will serve as chief pastor to the Episcopal Church’s 2.4 million members in 16 countries and 110 dioceses. As Primate, Bishop Jefferts Schori will join in consultation with other principal bishops of the 38 member Provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion, seeking to make common cause for global good and reconciliation.'http://www.episcopalchurch.org/13299_5195_ENG_HTM.htm?menu=menu13298
September 2007: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori last week played down the crisis in a video for church members, saying that 'talk of schism is excessive.' The communion has 'never been without conflict,' she said. 'It's a sign we are engaged in challenging issues that are necessary to our growth.'http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0919/p03s03-ussc.html
December 2006: "Some conservatives in the Episcopal Church, the U.S. wing of the worldwide Anglican Communion, believe the church abandoned Scripture by installing a gay bishop in New Hampshire in 2003, among other things. Those feelings of alienation were strengthened when Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori -- who supports the New Hampshire bishop -- was elected this summer to lead the national church."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/03/AR2006120301186.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) Organization Dec 4, 2006 Student/Trainee (past or present) Oregon State University Organization Dec 4, 2006 Student/Trainee (past or present) Stanford University Organization Dec 4, 2006
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 19, 2007 Tension as Episcopal bishops meet: Starting Thursday in New Orleans, they'll discuss communion demands over gay issues.
QUOTE: Many are calling it "a watershed moment," as the bishops decide how to respond to requests from global Anglican leaders for "unequivocal assurances" that they will not approve another gay bishop and won't authorize or permit blessing of same-sex unions.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 04, 2006 Episcopal Churches To Vote on Departure: Fairfax Congregations Dismayed by Direction
QUOTE: Two of the country's largest and most historic Episcopal congregations -- both in Fairfax County -- will vote next week on whether to leave the U.S. church on ideological grounds and affiliate instead with a controversial Nigerian archbishop. The decision could lead to a bitter court battle and the loss of $25 million in property.
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