Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The United States Episcopal Church elected Katharine Jefferts Schori as their Presiding Bishop, making her the first female head of an Anglican denomination anywhere in the world. Jefferts Schiori is married and has a daughter, Katharine Johanna, 24, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Jefferts Schiori's election should be reason enough to celebrate the Episcopalians as forward-thinking and inclusive in a time when seemingly all religion is making concerted efforts to march backward.
Another Reason To Love The Episcopal Church
As the gay community celebrates Pride Week, however, Katherine Jefferts Schori has wasted no time in her new position speaking out in a way that is sure to ruffle more than a few feathers.
In an interview on CNN, she was asked if she believed that homosexuality was a sin. She replied, "I don't believe so. I believe that God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into this world with a different collection of things that challenge us and things that give us joy and allow us to bless the world around us."
When she was asked how she reconciles this belief with the Bible, her response was simple, eloquent, and beautiful. ""The Bible has a great deal to teach us about how to live as human beings. The Bible does not have so much to teach us about what sorts of food to eat, what sorts of clothes to wear -- there are rules in the Bible about those that we don't observe today.... The Bible tells us about how to treat other human beings, and that's certainly the great message of Jesus -- to include the unincluded."
Amen. How refreshing it is to hear someone speak about Chrstianity in an open and inclusive manner.
It isn't all good news, however. If you are prayerful, please keep Jefferts Schori in your prayers, as the general electorate contemplates a ruling which would temporarily bar gays from becoming bishops.
Tags: Katharine Jefferts Schori, Episcopal, Anglican, female bishop, gay, homosexuality, gay bishop, Gene Robinson, gay rights, Integrity, Diocese of Nevada, Church of England
Posted by FleshPresser at 12:06 AM /
Kitten posted at 9:59 PM
"The Bible tells us about how to treat other human beings, and that's certainly the great message of Jesus -- to include the un-included."
*sigh* If ONLY the REST of the world was as enlightened. *sigh again*