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Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori: On science, faith and repentence

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori: On science, faith and repentence

The on-air and online radio program Day1 includes a commentary by former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in its Faith and Science in the 21st Century series. In a four-minute video, which aired in October and is now online, she explores the idea that our repeated and often conflicted re-framing of our understanding of creation (Galileo being one historic example), is part of our journey of faith:

…that reframing is one aspect of repentance, turning toward God as the center of existence, rather than ourselves and our necessarily limited understandings.  It’s also part of the history of God’s ongoing relationship with humanity recorded in the Bible.  We see it in Jesus,’ and later his followers’, growing understanding that his message is for all people, Gentiles as well as Jews.

To read and watch, click here (the video is also embedded below).

Other topics in the series include God and the Cosmos, Creation and Evolution, Quantum Physics and Eternity and Health and Healing/Death and Dying.



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Norman Hutchinson

There is a book available from Forward Movement entitled Lent Is Not Rocket Science by W. Nicholas Knisely the thirteenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Bishop Knisely holds degrees in physics and astronomy and a master of divinity degree. The book is composed of 40 meditations for Lent. The meditations support what bishop Schori was saying with more detail. I have read these meditations in the past and feel that they have supported my belief that science and Christianity do not have to be hostile toward each other but that each can compliment the other discipline.

John Chilton

1. A gentle correction — it’s Jefferts Schori, not Schori.

2. Nick was a pioneer on the Episcopal Cafe which makes us a bit puffed up. His book that Norman references can be ordered here,

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