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Jane Shaw named Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Grace Cathedral Names Jane Alison Shaw as its Eighth Dean

On June 25, Grace Cathedral’s Board of Trustees by unanimous roll call vote enthusiastically approved the nomination of the Rev. Canon Dr. Jane Alison Shaw as the eighth dean of Grace Cathedral. She was nominated by the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus after an extensive search process.

“Jane Shaw’s spiritual depth, commitment to the Gospel, theological vision and leadership skills make her uniquely qualified to help guide Grace Cathedral into its second century,” said the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California.

Dr. Shaw joins Grace Cathedral from the University of Oxford in England where she has served as the Dean of Divinity and a Fellow of New College, Oxford. In addition, she has taught history and theology at the university.

Serving with distinction as a priest, academic theologian and historian, Dr. Shaw brings powerful preaching and deep expertise in liturgy, management and administration, program development, teaching, community building and fundraising.

Dr. Shaw is known internationally for her exceptional talents in the communication of Christianity in the public sphere. In Great Britain, she has been successful in bridging differences in governance and policies pertaining to inclusion, and has served as Theological Consultant to the Church of England House of Bishops. Dr. Shaw is Canon Theologian at Salisbury Cathedral and an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford…

Some other information is available at the Episcopal Café under New Dean named for Grace, San Francisco.

What was the cathedral looking for? Well, this link leads to detailed information about that.

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drdanfee
drdanfee
10 years ago

Welcome, welcome, welcome, Dean Shaw. Bravo, for the following:
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Baptism is therefore the foundation of our identity as Christians. With Paul’s words to the Galatians in our memories, we hesitate to assent to a covenant in which there will be a new distinction between lay and ordained by handing over decision-making power to the Anglican primates. Having made our assent to the historic creeds, we hesitate to create new “essentials” about an issue – homosexuality – that may be purely of this moment.
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Father Ron Smith
Father Ron Smith
10 years ago

“Jane Shaw’s spiritual depth, commitment to the Gospel, theological vision and leadership skills make her uniquely qualified to help guide Grace Cathedral into its second century” – The Rt. Rev.Mark Andrus. Bishop of California – Is this a sign of the times? Where an astute TEC Bishop, like Mark Andrus and The Episcopal Church in the US are able to discern in a ‘mere’ woman of the Church of England, the gifts and skills (and Grace) of Leadership in the Church – whereas the Dear Old C.of E. is still taking time to ‘Think about it’? I heartily agree with… Read more »

JCF
JCF
10 years ago

To me, it’s less interesting that Grace Cathedral (which I look forward to visiting again, sometime soon—now that I live only a couple of hours away!) chose her, than that she TOOK the job.

In other words, she doesn’t think that (suddenly controversial) pointy hat will be available for *her* in the CofE anytime soon… :-/

Giles Fraser
Giles Fraser
10 years ago

Great appointment. We were curates together (indeed, we went to school together!). She is fantastic. Our loss, California’s gain.

Pantycelyn
Pantycelyn
10 years ago

Brava !

Leonardo Ricardo
10 years ago

Very joyfilled moments as we move from splendid to more splendid…there is no looking back, scratching wooly heads or frowning over Gods/Natures authenticity at TEC/Anglican Communion.

FELICIDADES!

Tobias Haller
10 years ago

A superb appointment for one of the States’ most exciting cities. She will make excellent use of this particular “bully pulpit” — to all of our benefit. Welcome!

WannabeAnglican
10 years ago

From New College, Oxford to Grace Cathedral, SF seems several steps down. I wonder why she took the job.

Pantycelyn
Pantycelyn
10 years ago

‘From New College, Oxford to Grace Cathedral, SF seems several steps down. I wonder why she took the job.’

Posted by: WannabeAnglican on Monday, 28 June 2010 at 1:05am BST

Can anything good come out of Nazareth ?

Father Ron Smith
Father Ron Smith
10 years ago

“From New College, Oxford to Grace Cathedral, SF seems several steps down. I wonder why she took the job” – Posted by: WannabeAnglican on Monday – Well, I can think of several compelling reasons for the move. Some of these are: 1. An escape from a dead-end prospect for advance in ministry status within the Church of England. 2. A refreshing move from the fields of Academe – and a climate of Church ministry where one’s gender, as a female, could be a barrier to personal, spiritual and ministerial growth. 3. An opportunity to preach the Gospel of Love to… Read more »

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