Katharine Jefferts Schori

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 00:00

A couple of weeks ago I had a free Sunday in New York and took the opportunity to visit a congregation I’d just heard about.  The subway put me off in a really gritty part of Brooklyn.  Outside the station there were a quite few dilapidated...

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 00:00

Have you ever noticed how much time and energy we spend on what we eat?  A current best-seller tells us to eat more fat and protein and give up sugars and grains, because they cause dementia.[1]  Other experts tell us to eat low-fat diets, with...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 00:00

Traditionally the church has talked about two kinds of martyrs – white martyrs and red ones.  Red martyrs shed blood for claiming their faith, like Perpetua and Paul, or because of the challenge that they’ve offered to the principalities and powers...

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 00:00

The only international museum devoted to slavery is in Liverpool, England.  Long before the Titanic, Liverpool was the site of ship manufacturing and trade in slaves and the products of their labors.  By the 1740s it was the leading British slaving...

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 00:00

There’s been a running story in the New York Times this week about a homeless family with 8 children.  They live in a shelter in Brooklyn, and the writer has followed an 11 year old girl in particular – the oldest child who bears outsized...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 00:00

We’re celebrating 50 years of this remarkable community on the feast of an English king and martyr who died in the year 870.  The two do have something to do with one another.  Not only does this community continue to grow in the communion of...

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 00:00

I am humbled by this honor, and reminded that I stand here only because of the difficult work done by so many women and men before me.  Elizabeth Blackwell went through 29 medical schools before she found one that would admit her, albeit grudgingly...

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 00:00

I recall sitting in the exit row of a plane once, when a very big person arrived to sit across the aisle from me.  I really wondered if that person would physically be able to get through the exit.  It made me reflect on the ways airlines prepare...

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 00:00

From all I have seen of this diocese, your boundaries do indeed enclose a pleasant land, as the psalmist puts it.  You are planted here, as Ezekiel says, with hearts of flesh, for living here in this land as God’s people.  There is joy abundant in...

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 00:00

Violence is anything that diminishes life.  The word comes from the same root as vital, but violence moves in the opposite direction.  It’s the antithesis of what Jesus speaks of as abundant life or the Reign of God.  Shalom is the ancient vision...

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