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July 12th, 2006, 03:40 PM
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Katharine Jefferts Schori, First Woman to Lead Anglican Church

Family Life : Katharine Jefferts Schori was born in Pensacola, Florida on March 26, 1954. Her parents – both scientists – were Catholics, then joined the Episcopal Church when she was 9. Jefferts Schori is married to Richard Miles Schori, a retired theoretical mathematician. They have one daughter, Katharine Johanna (24), a second lieutenant and pilot in the Air Force.

Bachelor's degree in biology from Stanford University, 1974
Master's in oceanography, Oregon State University, 1977
Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1983
Master's in divinity, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 1994
Doctor of divinity, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2001
Life Before Ministry : Jefferts Schori was an Oceanographer with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle focusing on squid and octopuses after getting her Ph.D. in 1983. She is an instrument-rated pilot, rock climber and biologist.

Church Career Path: Jefferts Schori’s strong faith got her thinking about the ministry and she became ordained in 1994. She became assistant rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, dean of Good Samaritan School of Theology and priest-in-charge of El Buen Samaritano in Corvallis, Oregon. She was consecrated bishop of Nevada in 2001. On June 19, 2006, she was elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States – the first woman to lead any church in Anglican history

Controversy: Jefferts Schori voted to confirm first openly gay bishop in 2003 – a move that created a lot of dissent. She stands behind that decision. In an interview with Episcopal Life she said, “My sense is that gay and lesbian people are created in the image of God, and we need to recognize that and make place for everyone to share their gifts in whatever way the church and God are calling them to use those gifts. I don’t think that one’s sexual orientation is a bar to ordination.”

Thoughts on Acceptance and Tolerance : “Reconciliation happens as human beings engage each other face to face … I think it is when we work together on mission that we begin to discover that some of these issues are not the central issues of our faith. We need to continue to listen to the experience of all sorts of people. That is clearly something that has not happened well across this church, let alone across the communion.”
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