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Presiding Bishop at National Press Club

The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church addressed the National Press Club, in Washington DC.

There is a transcript of her speech here.

There is an audio recording which also includes the extended Question and Answer session here.

A video recording of the event is over here.

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choirboyfromhell
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choirboyfromhell

“…..fear is not the answer.”

Amen.

drdanfee
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drdanfee

…that religious voice lives in hope … wow does this lady ever put a witness lead step wrong, except natch from closed rightwing religious frames? Thank goodness, thank God. I readily entertain that she is brought forward in TEC, just for the current troubled Anglican era of forced conservative realignments, backed up by stealing stuff because those are God’s revealed privileges. If Yahweh as an ancient near eastern deity can freely beat up all the other ancient near eastern deities, his believers can beat up on all the other believers and the unbelievers, too. How amazing that she can offer… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
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Father Ron Smith

What a brave, thoughtful and wonderful speech by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to the National Press Club in New York. How faithfully she has outline the real priorities in the Church and the world of today. If there were any need to question the validity of Katherine’s episcopal mana in the American Church of today, one should be compelled to listen to – better witness – her sincerity in this most spiritual of ministries to TEC at this time. May God richly bless Bishop Katharine, and all who support her charismatic leadership of the Church in the US, and as… Read more »

Lynn
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Lynn

Fr. Ron, Just to help your perspective on her prepared remarks, she was at the NPR in Washington, DC. She was right on target for that audience, and no doubt that will earn her the usual criticism. If only some would remember there many ways to guide hearts to living as our Lord taught us…yes, “the second is like unto it,” even for the Washington press corps! “It is the rare few that are consumed by conflict, and they tend not to last; for intense and prolonged conflict is not life-giving. Help us tell the stories of transformation, of moving… Read more »

bobinswpa
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bobinswpa

I think ++KJS is the best bet for growth with those who maybe skeptics, seekers and/or marginally religious. She seems able to speak to those who want a thinking persons church.
What a breath of fresh air in Christendom.

susan hedges
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susan hedges

“But of course her biggest sin is that she did not mention Jesus once!”

That will be the first and biggest complaint from our brethren in the conservative wing…

BillyD
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“”But of course her biggest sin is that she did not mention Jesus once!””

I didn’t count her references to OLJC or notice the lack thereof, but it might be expected that a bishop might at least make a reference to him during a speech to the nation.

Lynn
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Lynn

Well, well. Who’s spinning what top at Virtue Online about this? “VirtueOnline was one of a small group of media invited to hear Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori speak to the National Press Club in Washington DC this week. What she had to say about Religion in the Public Square left much to be desired, but what she had to say about the current state of The Episcopal Church was filled with flat out lies and half truths.” A “small group,” which included every member of the NPC and people on variety mailing lists. I almost bought a ticket… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
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Father Ron Smith

“It is the rare few that are consumed by conflict, and they tend not to last; for intense and prolonged conflict is not life-giving. Help us tell the stories of transformation, of moving toward that hopeful future for which the world hungers. Help us tell the world that fear is not the answer.” Posted by: Lynn on Thursday, 18 December 2008 at 3:35am GMT Lynn. Whoever made that statement originally, I do think it contains much truth. Apropos, Bishop Katharine and Archbishop Rowan are two of a kind in this sense: that they both refuse to get ruffled by controversy,… Read more »

Ford Elms
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Ford Elms

“filled with flat out lies and half truths.”

Reading David Venom makes my eyes bleed, but we need specifics on this. Really, I can’t read the bile this man spews out, so I’m relying on others to tell me what these “lies and half truths” were. I’m loath to cut him any slack, but given the lies and half truths coming from the right, many of them magnified by this very man, this statement at its best is the pot calling the kettle black. Personally, it looks to me like one of those out and out lies he mentioned.

Ford Elms
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Ford Elms

Wow. So what is VenomOnline calling lies and half truths? The only thing I would disagree with is: “Our national policies have given Cuba something more like terminal pneumonia” Considering that after the collapse of Communism, Cuba rejigged its farming industry into multi-crop operations that are sustainable and energy efficient, not to mention environmentally sound, unlike the agribiz of most Western democracies that is not only environmentally unsound, but a potential source of major health risks, especially antibiotic resistance, I’d say terminal pneumonia is a poor descriptor of Cuba. As to the “She doesn’t mention Jesus” crowd, well what do… Read more »

Lynn
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Lynn

Fr. Ron,

That quote is the conclusion of ++Katharine’s prepared remarks at the press club. I should have made the attribution, shame on me!

Ford, perhaps I was remiss in challenging David Virtues specific comments, but it was an old violin playing a memorized song. He challenged her take on various property disputes (esp. Virginia), followed by the usual – and illogical – leap into the topic of sexual sin. It’s difficult to get too worked up over those topics these days when they are just playing reruns.

Ford Elms
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Ford Elms

“Ford, perhaps I was remiss in challenging David Virtue’s specific comments”

It is never remiss to challenge falsehood, slander, bile, venom, propaganda, or any other kind of dishonesty.