“I think life is meant to be challenging. If we’re going to use the fullness of the gifts that we’ve been given, it means we have to continue to be stretched, and I look forward to that.”
-Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Twenty-Sixth Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Jefferts Schori became in November 2006 the first woman to lead a national church in the 520 year history of Anglicanism. She serves as chief pastor to the Episcopal Church’s 2.4 million members in 16 countries and 10 dioceses, as well as the American representative to the worldwide Anglican Communion, a body of 38 provinces and 77 million worshippers.
Bishop Jefferts Schori has assumed her leadership position at a particularly tumultuous time for the Episcopal Church, specifically due to mounting criticism from more conservative sectors of the Anglican Communion, in parts of Africa and Asia, regarding Episcopal stances on homosexuality, same-sex partnerships, and other social issues. In her first national interview since being elected, she told CNN that she does not believe homosexuality is a sin:
“I believe that God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into this world with a different collection of things that challenge us and things that give us joy and allow us to bless the world around us. And some people come into this world with affections ordered toward other people of the same gender and some people come into this world with affections directed at people of the other gender.”
If you missed the recent appearance by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on Bill Moyers’ Journal, you can watch it here.
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