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Friday, February 23, 2007

Our Katharine Speaks!

Note: I encourage you to give a listen to this presentation, which takes about 24 minutes.

I suspect Our Katharine is one heck of a Chess player. She certainly knows how to use Bishops, Kings, Queens, and Pawns.

Somebody que the Rolling Stones. I need to hear them sing, "Time is on our side."






Episcopal News Service
February 23, 2007

Presiding Bishop briefs Church Center community on Primates' Meeting

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

[ENS] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on February 23 told the community of people who work at the Episcopal Church Center in New York that the new structures asked for by the Primates in Dar es Salaam, and the clarifications they want about the Episcopal Church's stance on blessing same-gender relationships and partnered gay and lesbian priests becoming bishops, can be a "container" in which the Anglican Communion can continue to discuss issues that many Anglicans would rather avoid.

She told the gathering that the Episcopal Church is called to ensure that the conversation about the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church continues in the Communion.

"It is part of our mission as a church," she said. "This conversation that has been going on for at least 40 years is not going away. God keeps bringing it back to us."

Jefferts Schori said that she understands that some people feel that the Primates' recommendations are a "hard and bitter pill for many of us to talk about swallowing." But, she said, worldwide attitudes about the inclusion of gay and lesbian people are changing and "I don't expect that to end."

An mp3 audio recording of Jefferts Schori's remarks is available at: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_59911_ENG_HTM.htm

A full ENS story will follow later today.

-- The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is national correspondent for the
Episcopal News Service.

4 comments:

Mike in Texas said...

Elizabeth, I supposed I'll eventually have to break down and listen to this. But at the moment the thought of listening to her for 24 minutes is anything but appealing to me.

I do not approve of the TEC's G/L members being used as pawns in a political chess game.

Wayne said...

I listened to PBKJS's address to 815... and, I must say, was sadly disappointed. I am so very tired of being an issue in the church that I barely have energy to rebut the lost souls on the SF blog (*gasp*).

The whole notion of "fasting..." The whole notion of "time for reflection..." They just wear me out (when they're not making me angry).

Blessings.

Bill said...

I continue to have faith in KJS. That faith comes in great part from the discernment of my Elizabeth who knows KJS far better than I do. And regardless of the outcome of all this, my faith in Elizabeth is quite unshakeable. Now, how’s that for pressure. :)

Bill said...

I almost forgot. I am fasting. But I'm giving up chocolate, not sex.