In challenging her audience to find their passions, Jefferts Schori addressed efforts to re-focus, re-imagine and re-invigorate.
The Library of Congress provided an historic setting for the Presiding Bishop's remarks. A special exhibit of Founder's papers was prepared and presented by James Billington, Librarian of Congress (and an active Episcopalian). On display were documents and personal letters from Presidents James Madison and Thomas Jefferson containing references to a shared interest in the fullest possible freedom of the early Episcopal Church and the early United States of America.
"A world deeply hungry"
"We live in a world deeply hungry for the transcendent values of our faith - for holiness, wholeness, health, right relationship; for truth and beauty in human communities; for the justice and peace that characterize healed communities," the Presiding Bishop said.
"The urgent matters before us as a human community right now have to do with the response to ethical lapses behind the current financial situation; the growing inequity between rich and poor; how we care for creation - shrinking Montana glaciers, depleted fisheries in the Sout