Webcast conversation with the Presiding Bishop

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, spoke to a live audience at the studios of Trinity Church on Wall Street in New York and responded to questions from Web viewers and the studio audience. The Webcast concluded just before 4 p. m. EDT, but will be available on demand soon at this address.

Her opening statement is here.

In her remarks, Bishop Jefferts Schori mentions the 'five marks of mission" articulated by the Anglican Communion. The document she mentions is here.

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A few passages that caught my attention:

On the decision to delay moving forward with the consecration of additional gay or lesbian bishops, and the delay in authorizing public rites for blessing same sex unions, she said words more or less to this effect:

Some lament a delay. Some lament that we won’t deny the possibility of eventually moving in this direction. Both ends of the spectrum are being asked to remember the needs of the rest of the body. The situation gives rise to fundamental tensions that will continue to challenge us all.

She said members of the Joint Standing Committee and some of our interfaith partners said it seems to be the "vocation" of the Episcopal Church to keep the conversation on gay relationships in front of a larger audience.

Asked about the fate of loyal Episcopalians in dioceses that are considering separating from the Church, she said that if dioceses did move to leave it would be the job of her office and those loyal Episcopalians to reform the dioceses.

On the issue of marriage, she said getting the church out of the business as acting as an agent of the state in conducting civil marriages had "significant merit" and bore further discussion.

Asked why the Episcopal Church should remain in the Anglican Communion she gave three reasons: we are a healthier church when we are part of a larger body with a diversity of opinion; we have a vocation to keep issues of sexuality before the rest of the communion and to advocate for the full civil rights of gay and lesbian people around the world; as members of the Communion we have a better opportunities to minister to human suffering than we would if we went it alone.

There's more. Watch it when it's available.

I am sorry I should not have posted an earlier version of this on the article on defending Episcopal property in Forth Worth.


Jefferts Schori took another step backwards today http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/calendar/index.php?event_id=41421
when she cited
Browning's "in this church, there will be no outcasts" as now meaning that
both same-sexers and fundamentalists will be tolerated. She can't seem to
get Susan Russell's point that there is a huge difference between
being discriminated against because of what you are and what you do. The
fundamentalists have a choice. The PB referred to LGBTs and
fundamenatlists as "both extremes." She has cast her own mediocre lukewarm position
as superior.

She can't seem to give up the church of empire when she says that it is
necessary to have influence in the rest of the world.

She was very unconvincing when she said the vocation of the Episcopal
Church is to advocate for civil rights for LGBTs around the world. She
didn't even know what the Episcopal Church's stance on gun control
is!!!! I suppose she doesn't think much about an issue that has such a
negative impact on the inner-cities.

She seems to be the American version of Rowan, a weakling who is afraid
of leading.

Her heterosexism was coming through.

The webcast at Trinity Wall Street is worth skimming.


Bravo for the leadership of the PB! I do have a choice - and, in the words of scripture, that choice is simple: do I or do I not wish to make my brother or sister stumble.

I do not.

I do not wish for someone, in the name of giving me "rights," to thus force someone else out of church. The only rights I have, as a Christian, are mine to yield in the name of loving someone else. And I pray for the grace to let my brother and sister come to the table even when they don't want me there.

Ed Browning clearly intended for for "no outcasts" to be all of us, left or right, Traditionalist or Progressive. That was what was so Christian about him, and so infuriating about him to both extremes. I'm glad to see the current PB take up his charge.

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