Skip to comments.Episcopalians Install Female Leader
Posted on 11/04/2006 10:36:17 AM PST by SmithL
Katharine Jefferts Schori took office Saturday as the first woman presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, a first not only for her denomination but also for the global Anglican Communion, which has never before had a female priest leading one of its provinces.
In a ceremony at the cavernous Washington National Cathedral, filled by more than 3,000 well-wishers, Jefferts Schori took leadership of the U.S. church as the Anglican rift over the Bible and sexuality threatens to erupt into schism.
Jefferts Schori, 52, was bishop of Nevada when she was the surprise winner of the election for presiding bishop at the Episcopal General Convention in June.
Worshippers stood and faced the doors of the cathedral as Jefferts Schori knocked and entered, wearing a multicolored robe and miter. She walked in a procession toward the front of the church, led by people waving streamers and flags, as applause filled the sanctuary.
Outgoing Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold turned over the symbol of her new authority, the primatial staff, to Jefferts Schori.
She will now represent the American denomination to the many Anglican leaders angered by the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
Her job is further complicated by her personal support for Robinson's election. She believes the church should ordain gays and bless same-sex couples, though she insists she won't impose her views on others.
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I believe this is your territory.
Sure do feel sorry for Episcopalians.
A dying sect.
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And she also believes there are more than one way to God...Jesus is the only way for Christians. But Hindus and Buddhists have their ways too.
"Jefferts Schori decided to pursue full-time ministry after federal funding for her scientific research dried up. She was ordained in 1994."
Wow. That sounds a little shallow.
Thanks for link!
That may not be enough to appease other branches of the Anglican family, which take a traditional view that gay relationships are prohibited by Scripture. Some Anglican leaders also reject the idea of women's ordination: Jefferts Schori has said they'll have to "get over it."
How to win friends and influence people. :(
And the ELCA is in full Communion with these folks.
It would certainly be possible (although highly unlikely) that the 2007 Churcwide Assembly as the highest legislative body of the ELCA could revoke Called to Common Mission.
I must confess my reaction was a bit stronger than "bleh!" after watching this morning's investiture.
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