Bell Lecture features Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop

Friday, October 07, 2011

7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, Sharp Chapel

Jefferts SchoriThe Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, has been chosen as the speaker for The University of Tulsa’s 2011 William H. and Rita Bell Lecture in Anglican and Ecumenical Studies.

The Presiding Bishop’s presentation, “Anglican/Episcopal Mission, Past, Present, and Future: Party Politics or Body Politics?” will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, in TU’s Sharp Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Jefferts Schori was elected to the presiding post in June 2006 to serve as chief pastor and primate to the church’s 2.1 million members in 16 countries and 110 dioceses.

During the course of her nine-year term, Jefferts Schori is responsible for initiating and developing policy for The Episcopal Church and speaks on behalf of the church regarding the policies, strategies and programs authorized by the General Convention. She has been vocal about The Episcopal Church’s mission priorities, including the United Nation Millennium Development Goals, issues of domestic poverty, climate change and care for the earth, as well as the ongoing need to contextualize the Gospel. The Presiding Bishop is charged to speak God's word to the church and the world.

Jefferts Schori was ordained in 1994. Before entering the priesthood, she was an oceanographer. She holds a B.S. degree in biology from Stanford University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography from Oregon State University, an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and several honorary doctoral degrees. She was elected bishop in 2000 and ordained to the episcopate February 24, 2001, in the Diocese of Nevada. At the time of her election as bishop of Nevada, she was a priest, university lecturer, and hospice chaplain in Oregon.

The Presiding Bishop grew up in the Seattle, Wash., area and spent most of her life in the western U.S. She and her husband, Richard Miles Schori, a retired mathematician and topologist, were married in 1979. They have one daughter, who is a captain and pilot in the U.S. Air Force.


Dr. Stephen Gardner