CDSP names Jefferts Schori St. Margaret’s visiting professor of women in ministry

Former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has been named the third St. Margaret’s Visiting Professor of Women in Ministry at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, the seminary’s dean and president announced today.


Jefferts Schori, who has a doctorate in oceanography, will teach a course in the fall semester on the role of religious leaders in public conversation on issues including scientific discovery, technological development, artistic creativity and public policy.

“We’ll consider how to encourage constructive and elevated public dialogue that is at once civil and earnest, evangelical and thoughtfully critical, and energetically focused on a vision of the beloved community – God’s peaceable kindom of all creation,” she said.

Jefferts Schori received her Master of Divinity from CDSP in 1994, and an honorary Doc­tor of Divinity in 2001.

“We are delighted to welcome Bishop Jefferts Schori back to her alma mater,” Richardson said. “Her courage as a leader has been an inspiration to the church, but that is only one facet of her ministry. We’re eager to have her among us as a scientist, a teacher, a public intellectual, and a neighbor.”

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  1. Rod Gillis

    Looks like a good appointment, a good fit for the former PB and the Divinity School. We could use more church leaders with a science background. Contrary to public perceptions, scientists are well represented among people of faith.

    “We’re eager to have her among us as a scientist, a teacher, a public intellectual, and a neighbor.” Excellent!

  2. David Casey, Obl OP

    She has been a joy to have at VTS this past semester. CDSP will be completely blessed by her presence

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