Female head bishop faces critical time

Anglicans express hope and concerns
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams reached electronically across the Atlantic to express to Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman to be elected as presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, his “good wishes as she takes up a deeply demanding position at a critical time.”

Jefferts Schori, 52, the bishop of Nevada, was elected June 18 at the triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church from a slate of seven candidates for the nine-year position. She was the only woman candidate.

A small-plane pilot and a former oceanographer, Jefferts Schori was complimented by Williams for her “many intellectual and pastoral gifts.” But Williams, the spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans, also noted that “her election will undoubtedly have an impact on the collegial life” of top Anglican bishops and “also brings into focus some continuing issues in several of our ecumenical dialogues.”


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