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September
2006
A confident reconciler
Katharine Jefferts Schori doesn’t mince words. The woman about to take over leadership of the Episcopal Church is direct and definite, full of purpose and passion. Yet, even in tense situations, she speaks softly, listens intently and makes no attempt to control the discussion, or the decisions to be made. Her respect for colleagues, is evident; her confidence in their abilities firm.
Katharine Jefferts Schori: In her own words
We need to reclaim our incarnational theology, recognizing that our opponents are generally people of good faith seeking the will of God. We also have a duty as Christians to live the Great Commandment, to set aside excessive self-interest in favor of openness to the Spirit. None of us holds the fullness of the truth, and to claim that we do does violence to the image of God in our neighbors and ourselves.”
Taking care of details
Male clergy spouses, he says, “can pretty much write our own ticket in terms of expectations. We can do either nothing or a lot, and it’s okay. I’ve taken very much the active role.” Employing a long-time hobby, Schori uses his photography and web-based skills to publish pictures on various church websites, including the Diocese of Nevada’s.
Encouraged and booed
Two decades ago, while doctors and researchers worked to find a cure for the newly recognized disease, religious voices, especially in the developing world, were silent or heard as oracles of doom and condemnation.
Darkness into Day
One year after Hurricane Katrina, Episcopal churches along the Gulf Coast are struggling to rebuild. To assist them, a national appeal to support the restoration of the church’s presence in Mississippi and Louisiana is reaching out to individuals, congregations and dioceses to provide badly needed resources.
Central Pennsylvania election
The former dean of Washington National Cathedral, Nathan Baxter, was elected bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on July 22. He most recently served as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pa., the largest parish in the diocese.
Right on
Thirty-nine years ago, a predominantly African-American parish in Rochester, N.Y., with a significant percentage of teachers as parishioners decided that an after-school enrichment program might be their niche.  Little did they know the program would grow first into a summer camp and then the largest summer program for city children in the city of Rochester.
Hope after 9/11
Less public but equally important is the story of 9/12: the day we decided to get out of bed as individuals and as a community to respond to the acts of violence with hearts of courage and compassion as we sought to rescue survivors and, ultimately, to find the remains of the dead. That day was long – it lasted from Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001, until June 2, 2002, when recovery work at the World Trade Center site was declared finished.
Breaking rank
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is breaking rank with the conventional wisdom of her profession. Diplomats, she says, traditionally were taught to keep far away from potentially controversial subjects like religion. But Albright is making a high-profile plea that religion play a more prominent role both in making foreign policy and in training diplomats.
‘Prepared and present’
“Church has definitely informed my musicianship in the most fundamental way, in that I know it’s not me,” he says. “The music is a gift that comes through me.”
Bicultural bonanza
It’s a very natural question from church people whose whole approach to church is rooted in documents, texts, words, Scriptures, written liturgies. If we just somehow can get those words into the language of the new people flowing through our doors, then most of our problems will be “headed off at the pass,” right? If language were the chief obstacle, yes.
A mysterious gift
One of my great privileges serving as your presiding bishop and primate, and indeed one of the things I will miss most once I relinquish this ministry in November, is my unusual opportunity to come to know something of how God acts in the lives of fellow Christians who are seeking, in a wide variety of contexts, to be ministers of Christ’s reconciling love.
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