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October 1, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

We live in a time of heightened disagreement and increasingly disagreeable modes of communication. Rarely have human societies managed effective and transparent conversations that are also kind. At times we are too concerned about how our words will be received to be sufficiently truthful; at other times we spew venom or circulate gossip without regard […]

September 6, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Human beings and our ancestors have been migrating for millions of years, since long before we became Homo sapiens. Everyone reading this has ancestors who migrated out of Africa. The Americas were populated in repeated waves of migrants who came first from northeast Asia, either across the Bering land bridge or by small boat down […]

August 8, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

My brothers and sisters in Christ, I write in response to the return of the Diocese of Cuba to The Episcopal Church after 52 years of lonely existence. When we debated the resolution that accomplished this at General Convention, I rose and challenged the House of Bishops to help fund the pension gap for clergy […]

August 2, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

In June I wrote about revitalizing congregations and the normal process of birth, growth, and death in faith communities. In this piece, I’d like to offer some perspective about the role of leadership as a congregation begins to grapple with change and transformation. This diocese has a healthy mix of congregational size and context, from […]

July 12, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Some people think General Convention is a bit like Brigadoon, a small city that appears for a day and then fades away into the mist for the next hundred years.  General Convention has a shorter shelf life, but there’s something apt about the comparison.  The residents gather, reconnect, love and celebrate, avoid changing anything, and […]

July 3, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

General Convention opens tomorrow at the Austin (TX) Convention Center.  This is the 79th gathering of The Episcopal Church (TEC).  The first one was held in 1785 in Philadelphia, with two more held the next year.  After 1786 they have usually been held every three years.  It’s not only a massive family gathering, with stellar […]

June 26, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

I first went to overnight camp with my Girl Scout troop and several others when I was 6.  During that week we practiced building campfires, wandered in the woods, hiked down stream-beds, and learned songs that still resonate, like “Make new friends, but keep the old – one is silver and the other gold.” I […]

June 25, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

I am aware that a large number of clergy in this diocese have been, or will be soon, invited to participate in CREDO.  Some of you have undoubtedly been once, but I would like to encourage you to participate if at all possible. CREDO stands for Clergy Reflection, Education, and Discernment Opportunity.  It’s a program […]

June 22, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

  Facebook Video of the Press Conference. Bishop Katharine’s comments are from 38:27 – 43:29. Senator Kamala Harri’s comments are from 1:07 – 1:17.   This nation has a long and ugly history of removing children from their natural parents, and subjecting some categories of children to truly inhumane practices. The first peoples of these […]

June 5, 2018 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Several times in recent months I’ve heard parishioners ask, Well, are you going to close us? That raises several important questions: who is the “you” they’re talking about? Why and when do congregations close? What are the alternatives? The ‘you’ can only really be the diocese as a whole community, even though some think it’s […]