Katharine Jefferts Schori



June 8, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

We’re going to make a prophet today.  Actually, we’re going to authorize several prophets.  And then we’re going to send them out there.  Ready or not, world, here they come! 

Garrison Keillor is famous for saying, ‘Who wants to be a prophet?  Nobody wants ‘em around.  Prophets don’t get...

June 6, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

Happy birthday, happy anniversary – you are centenarians!  This congregation is celebrating its hundredth anniversary, and even if you don’t join the throng here regularly, you are part of its long history and life in this place.  This community took the name of Andrew a hundred years ago, for...

April 27, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

Alleluia, Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

So what are we afraid of, even in the midst of this great rejoicing?  For most of the world, fear rarely takes a holiday.  The current threats in Eastern Europe are raising the fear of war in a world that is deeply weary of...

April 11, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.  The ability to do that begins with the heart.  There’s a traditional Irish prayer that goes something like this, “May those who love us love us.  And those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts.  And if he doesn’t turn their hearts...

April 6, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

My grandfather died almost 50 years ago, but one of his sayings continues to be part of the family lore.  It may be apocryphal, but my mother insisted that when she or her siblings had done something wrong, he would confront them by saying, “we’re going to have words, and you’re not going to...

April 4, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

I greet you on behalf of The Episcopal Church in 17 nations, where we overlap with this Moravian province and others in the Unitas Fratrum.  Like you, we are part of a global fellowship of provinces, the Anglican Communion.  Episcopalians and Moravians are still only beginning to explore what...

April 3, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

Monday afternoon I met with a group of students at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh.  It’s one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, founded by Episcopalians in 1867 to help educate people who had formerly been enslaved.  One of the students asked me what my position was on...

April 2, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

I need to begin by thanking you all for your ministry.  No bishop can long survive without the gifts you bring to an office or diocesan team.  The work you do, and the dedication and excellence you bring to the work, provide an essential kind of “brain” for the work of a larger body.  You are...

March 31, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

A week ago I heard a remarkable story about two young women who heard a call.  They thought it was simply about becoming Episcopal priests, but along the way, they began to discover a passion for working in the “hood” on the north side of Troy, NY.[1]  They started simply walking the streets,...

March 21, 2014

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

Thomas Cranmer is something of an icon for the crazy-quilt nature of Anglicanism.  The collect we prayed gives thanks for the beauty of his liturgical language and notes that his death was revelatory of God’s power in human weakness.  His history is a striking mix of deep theological wrestling...