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June 3, 2019 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

My friends and colleagues, it has been a remarkable joy to work with you over these nearly two years! I give thanks for your willingness to engage and build relationships, your discernment around creative work with the communities in which your congregations live and worship, and your nearly unfailing desire to love all people. We […]

May 20, 2019 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori preached this sermon at the ordination of deacons, Chris Craig-Jones, Hannah Wilder on May 18 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego. Jeremiah 1:4-9; Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Luke 22:24-27   The Anglican tradition arrived on this coast almost exactly 440 years ago. Frances Fletcher, chaplain to Sir Francis […]

May 3, 2019 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

  Families who have experienced childbirth know that transition is the most difficult and critical part of the whole process, and entails the most physical and emotional effort. Transitions in the life of the church are not that radically different. The Body of Christ is a congregation changes from week to week as different members […]

March 8, 2019 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

We live in anxious times.  That is probably obvious to all of us, yet it can help enormously to name that reality. We’re anxious about immigration issues, even though the number of people entering from Mexico is radically lower than just a few years ago. The financial markets are anxious. We’re anxious about the trajectory […]

January 11, 2019 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Walkabout Week begins on Sunday, January 13. As we enter the last stage of the discernment process for the next bishop of San Diego, I want to encourage everyone in the diocese to read the biographical information available for each candidate on the diocesan website. The bishop nominating committee and the standing committee have labored for […]

December 18, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

In recent days, over 6,000 migrants have gathered at the California-Mexico border fence seeking appointments with American immigration officials to petition for asylum. With wait times projected to last for months, many are forced to live in shelters where food is scarce, and privacy is non-existent, and some become sick. When large numbers of people cross […]

November 27, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Advent is coming… soon and very soon! I have been struck this year by the wide range of possibilities to help all of us prepare. Augsburg Fortress offered a deck of cards with daily activities for all. Families Celebrate is portable, meant for use with children under 12, and continues through the feast of Epiphany. The […]

November 14, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Our calendar of saints remembers Leo the Great today, even though I don’t think there’s a single Episcopal church named for him. He lived from about 400 to 461, at a time when the Roman Empire was falling apart. He was well-educated and was ordained a deacon to serve as a financial administrator and ensure […]

November 14, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Good afternoon, fearless love diocese! This diocese may be headquartered in San Diego, yet we include communities from as far north as Lake Elsinore, Menifee, and Hemet, east to Indio, Brawley, and Yuma, and south to the border. In earlier days, this might have been called the southmost diocese in upper California. How we name […]

October 29, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

God weeps when his children destroy each other. Sibling rivalry has been with us since Cain and Abel, and we will have no peace until we learn that we are loved beyond imagining – as are all God’s people. The tree of life is an ancient image of interconnection. The members of this suffering Pittsburgh synagogue […]

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