November 21, 2014

July 4, 2012


Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s Opening Remarks

KJS’s opening remarks:

Many of you know other places where effective connective tissue is emerging and growing – Episcopal Community Services, Episcopal Service Corps, the ethnic ministry and justice networks. Passion keeps networks like those growing and expanding – it’s about blessing the work of the Spirit and letting the wind of God fill the sails and propel us into the world.

Discovering the most effective ways to organize and network ourselves for mission, for governance, and for supporting that mission is going to require us to look outside ourselves. We have to be willing to search out the gifts and assets already present. Something like a blue ribbon commission would be helpful – a leadership group that includes independent voices, that is non-partisan, that will offer the input of outsiders and people on the margins of the church, not just those already deeply invested in the church and in the way the church is now. That may not be easy for this body to engage, but God is already at work beyond this Episcopal Church and we have something to learn from that reality.

A lot of the anxiety in this body right now is rooted in fear of diminishment, loss of power or control, or change in status. The wider church – the grassroots – in not all that interested in the internal politics of this gathering. It is interested in the vitality of local congregations and communities, in ministry with young people, and in opportunities for transformative mission engagement in and beyond the local context. Our job here is to make common cause for the sake of God’s mission. That is in part a political task…more


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Captain Queeg speaks!

[1] Posted by David Fischler on 7-4-2012 at 07:07 PM · [top]

“A lot of the anxiety in this body right now is rooted in fear of diminishment, loss of power or control, or change in status.” One might suggest that Mrs Schori suffers from terminal self-blindness, to be charitable.

[2] Posted by A Senior Priest on 7-4-2012 at 07:18 PM · [top]

Oh, man,

Something like a blue ribbon commission would be helpful – a leadership group that includes independent voices, that is non-partisan, that will offer the input of outsiders and people on the margins of the church, not just those already deeply invested in the church and in the way the church is now.

Exactly the approach taken by Bishop Hines as PB, and which some would argue is the true point at which ECUSA went into decline.  He filled GC with activisits to harangue the guilty rich white people, and the church lost any sense of its own significance and value apart from appeasing wingnuts.

And a bunch of the old people sitting there in Indy should know that.

[3] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 7-4-2012 at 07:59 PM · [top]

connective tissue?  CONNECTIVE TISSUE????  then she just sails into a mixed metaphor ....    no mention of Christ at all (I guess I should be used to that). 

it’s tough watching a train wreck.

[4] Posted by elanor on 7-4-2012 at 08:21 PM · [top]

#2, your assertion is reinforced by this jaw-dropper:

If this convention is The Episcopal Church’s family reunion, then go find somebody who represents the outlaw side of the family for you and spend a few minutes learning your relative’s story.

Think anyone’s going to be chumming it up with any of the ten bishops being dragged through TEo’s star chamber on the PB’s recommendation?

[5] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-4-2012 at 08:47 PM · [top]

Perhaps Dr. Schori needs to return to her first career as a scientist/oceanographer?  I just don’t think this priest/bishop thing is working out so well for her.  LOL

[6] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-4-2012 at 08:50 PM · [top]

[7] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 7-4-2012 at 09:04 PM · [top]

“Many of you know other places where effective connective tissue is emerging and growing”  Just what pray tell would ineffective connective tissue be?

” The wider church – the grassroots – in not all that interested in the internal politics of this gathering.”  For which we are very grateful as it permits us to run roughshod over the reputation of good Christians while savaging the faith they hold so dear.

“That may not be easy for this body to engage, but God is already at work beyond this Episcopal Church and we have something to learn from that reality.”  Smart guy God, He knows not to stick around where He is not wanted.

She just makes it too easy.

[8] Posted by Paula Loughlin on 7-4-2012 at 09:18 PM · [top]

It’s happy-talk only over at the ENS comments section.  Apparently they feel no need to associate with the “outlaw side of the family” as the PB has exhorted them to do, nor are they interested in the “supposed source of wounds” that have driven hundreds of thousands out of their organization and clearly they do not care to “build a bridge together,” they just want unhappy folks to shut up and pledge.

Maybe we can ask the PB to start with the institutions of the organization she heads.

[9] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-4-2012 at 09:34 PM · [top]

we knew they wanted us to shut up, but we sure as heck didn’t pledge this year.  everything I’ve seen about GC2012 has just pushed me closer to the exit.

anyone heard anything about any ACNA church plants in eastern CT?

[10] Posted by elanor on 7-4-2012 at 09:53 PM · [top]

Pure gibberish from a random cliche and nonsense phrase generator.  A complete waste of bandwidth and oxygen.  Read the comments at the source article.  Four fawning sycophants and one clear-headed Puddleglum.

[11] Posted by Milton on 7-4-2012 at 10:52 PM · [top]

Those comments are truly sad in which the PB is applauded for her “speech”. Eegads some of these people are truly deluded.

[12] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 7-5-2012 at 06:45 AM · [top]

Okay, so here it is.  We’ve played around with spreadsheets and attorneys and so far this hasn’t prevented us from being flushed down the vortex of history, but we think that it’s because we haven’t tried hard enough.  So, this time around we’re going to gather up the dingbats on the periphrery - you know, the ones that tell lewd jokes to mixed audiences (like a vestry meeting, or a christening afterglow) and will give them things to do and power so as to prevent thier mental illnesses from getting the best of them to the point where they harm themselves.  The fundies are mostly gone so all we have to “worry” about are the perpetually clueless pew tenants, and let’s face it, they’re not going to so much as moo an objection.

[13] Posted by J Eppinga on 7-5-2012 at 08:54 AM · [top]

Effective connective tissue emerges and grows in cancerous tumors sometimes all too well, to the ultimate demise of the host.

Oh give me a metaphor,
where my thoughts can all roam,
And the weird and the pointy hats play…

[14] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 7-5-2012 at 09:04 AM · [top]

I can’t bear to read her dribble…besides, words don’t really mean anything to her anyway.  She will just do what she wants and justify the behavior later.

[15] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-5-2012 at 09:54 AM · [top]

Well, it’s not all happy talk Jeff from what I see.  My comment got deleted but I’ll admit it was a bit heavy.

[16] Posted by Nikolaus on 7-5-2012 at 09:27 PM · [top]

At the time I posted my comment, it was all sweetness and light…mine got deleted, too, but it wasn’t heavy at all.  I just pondered whether the “outlaws” the PB was referring to included the bishops that had just been brought up on charges, a reasonable topic, I think.

[17] Posted by Jeffersonian on 7-5-2012 at 10:13 PM · [top]

I tried a second, milder comment on the “outlaw” theme.  That got purged too.  Episco-Pravda can’t handle much beyond the Party line.

[18] Posted by Nikolaus on 7-6-2012 at 05:47 PM · [top]

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