Katharine Jefferts Schori

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October 6, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

What is most on your heart this morning?  The continuing chaos in Washington, DC?  The beauty of this place?  Violence in the Middle East?  Joy at seeing friends you love?  Your health, or that of your family or friends?  The beauty of this morning’s sunrise?

There are really only two...

October 5, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

Congratulations on this initiative – the Bishop Kemper School is a remarkable thing to celebrate!  You are building on the foundation laid by others years ago.  You heard Paul’s reminder:  we’re all God’s servants, working together… and you are God’s building.  Skilled builders laid the...

September 29, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

Are you rich, or are you poor?  Stop and ponder this for a minute.  Why have you decided that you’re rich or poor? 

If you have a place to sleep and clothes to wear and food to eat, you and your household are better off than the half of the world’s population who live on $2.50 a day or...

September 22, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

In my youth three things were considered inappropriate for dinner-table conversations:  religion, politics, and money.  Sex didn’t merit listing because it wasn’t even mentioned in “polite society.”  The Church has been having that conversation, even if one wag has said that “only bishops could...

September 19, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

I promise you that the planning committee did not examine the lectionary before they chose this theme of Transforming Loss into New Possibilities.  But Theodore of Tarsus is a most appropriate witness to that kind of hope and faithfulness.  He was born in Tarsus, what is today southeastern...

September 15, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

What a remarkable milestone!  325 years of faithful worship in this community, with a vibrant and diverse congregation committed to serving the people around you, and those who continue to come here through a very narrow gate.  The history of Christian community here has a great deal to do with...

September 12, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

What joy is here this morning!  Joy like we’ve just experienced in song and praise is a mark of being fully alive.  The presence of joy is a sign of abundant life. 

We’re here to celebrate education as a vitally important resource for abundant life – not only for students, but for the...

September 10, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

I am deeply humbled to have been invited here tonight, and I’m also delighted at the opportunity to reflect with you about leadership.  I believe that the fundamental meaning of that word is being an agent of change.  We don’t yet live in the world we yearn for, and therefore change is required...

September 10, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

We are in the midst of an ongoing conversation about leadership – in this nation, globally, and in the Church.  We are consumed with worry about Syria, about the economic state of this nation and the world, and about the health and sickness in most human systems and systems of creation.  We...

September 8, 2013

By: Katharine Jefferts Schori

Are you possessed?  Possession isn’t just something that happened to a few sorry souls in Jesus’ day.  That’s really what’s going on in alcoholism or other addictions.  People are driven by the need to get something and maintain a supply of it, and sometimes they’re willing to do almost...

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