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.”