Sunday, June 18, 2006

More about our new Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori

From an email sent by Communications Director for Dioc. of Massachusetts:

The House of Deputies stopped their business at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 18, to receive the news that the Episcopal Church’s first female presiding bishop had been elected. The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada, received the necessary majority of 95 votes on the fifth ballot.

Surprised gasps and cheers erupted from the packed visitors’ gallery, briefly breaking the house’s rules of decorum before President George Werner restored order.
In the discussion period that followed, female deputies rose to the mikes, one after another, to urge their fellow deputies’ concurrence.

Just one deputy, Eddie Blue of Maryland, spoke against concurrence, expressing that he was “shocked, dismayed and saddened” and concerned that the election would add to further disunity in the communion, because some provinces do not accept female bishops.

The bishops began the voting process at 10:30 a.m., and remained sequestered at Columbus’s Trinity Cathedral after the election, waiting for the deputies’ consent. Floor discussion ended at 4 p.m. and, after a vote by orders—requested by the Diocese of Central Florida—the House of Deputies gave consent at 4:20 p.m.: 93 out of 108 dioceses voting yes in the lay order and 94 in the clerical order.

The house stands in recess until 4:40 p.m. when Bishop-elect Schori will be presented to the deputies.

188 bishops voted in the election. (Filed by Tracy Sukraw, Editor Episcopal Times)

The Presiding Bishop is elected every nine years to serve as the chief pastor and Primate of the church. Canon law charges the Presiding Bishop with responsibility for leadership initiating and developing church policy and strategies and programs authorized by the General Convention.

The PB is also charged to speak God’s word to the church and to the world, as the representative of this church and its episcopate in its corporate capacity. The PB also oversees and presides at meeting of the House of Bishops, provides for Episcopal ministry in cases of vacancies and visits the dioceses of the church. (Source: Convention Daily 6/18/06 Episcopal News Service)

Below is her bio:

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada

Katharine Jefferts Schori, 51, was consecrated the ninth Bishop of Nevada on February 24, 2001. She serves a diocese of some 6,000 members in 35 congregations. Jefferts Schori is the first woman selected as a nominee for Presiding Bishop.

Her service to the wider church includes current membership on the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion; the Board of Trustees, Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California; the CREDO Advisory Board; the House of Bishops peer coaching program; the General Board of Examining Chaplains; the Board for Church Deployment; the House of Bishops' Pastoral Development, Racism, and Planning Committees; the Court for Review of a Trial of a Bishop; the Episcopal visitor team for the Community of the Holy Spirit; and the Bishops of Small Dioceses group.

From 2001-2003 she was a member of the 20/20 Strategy Group, and served as secretary of the House of Bishops Ministry Committee at the 2003 General Convention.
She is the author of "When Conflict and Hope Abound," Vestry Papers (March-April 2005); "Building Bridges/Widening Circles" in Preaching Through Holy Days and Holidays: Sermons that Work XI, Roger Alling and David J. Schlafer, eds. Morehouse (2003); "Multicultural Issues in Preaching" in Preaching Through the Year of Matthew: Sermons That Work X, Roger Alling and David J. Schlafer, eds. Morehouse (2001); and "The Nag" in Preaching Through the Year of Luke: Sermons That Work IX, Roger Alling and David J. Schlafer, eds. Morehouse (2000). Her Maundy Thursday sermon was included in What Makes This Day Different? by David Schlafer, Cowley (1998).

She is an active, instrument-rated pilot with more than 500 hours logged.

At the time of her election as bishop of Nevada, Jefferts Schori was assistant rector at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, Oregon, where she also served as pastoral associate, dean of the Good Samaritan School of Theology, and priest-in-charge, El Buen Samaritano, Corvallis. She was ordained deacon and priest in 1994. Prior to ordination, she was a visiting assistant professor at Oregon State University's Department of Religious Studies, a visiting scientist at Oregon State University's Department of Oceanography, and an oceanographer with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle.

She received a B.S. in biology from Stanford University, 1974; an M.S. in oceanography from Oregon State University, 1977; a Ph.D. from Oregon State University, 1983; an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 1994; and a D.D. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2001.

Jefferts Schori was born March 26, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida. She has been married to Richard Miles Schori, a retired theoretical mathematician (topologist), since 1979. They have one child, Katharine Johanna, 24, who is a second lieutenant and pilot in the US Air Force.