A year after her controversial election as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, Katharine Jefferts Schori is still hopeful tensions within the denomination and the worldwide Anglican Communion can be resolved.
“I think as a Christian you have to live in hope of reconciliation always,” Jefferts Schori said during a brief stop in Corvallis at the beginning of a weeklong vacation. "If we can get people to get out of a face-saving mode and refocus on the mission of the church, I think we can learn to live together and stay one body” . . .
During her many travels over the past nine months since her installation at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., however, Jefferts Schori said she’s seen a "softening around the edges” . . .
Once the week is over, Jefferts Schori will head back to face the many challenges that lay ahead. A critical meeting of primates and individual bishops throughout the Anglican Communion held just once a decade is set next summer that may determine whether the more conservative and liberal wings of Anglicanism can agree to disagree on matters of theology and practice or whether the worldwide communion will break apart.
“We’ve learned to live with differences before and so I’m hopeful,” Jefferts Schori said.“It’s hard to give up the desire to be right, but I’ve realized it’s not about my being right. It’s about taking care of the community. It’s not my job to fix the (Anglican) Communion, it’s my job to do my piece,” she said. . .
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