Saturday, January 22, 2011

Top Episcopal bishop inspires locals with sermon

From Florida-

Episcopalian Karyn Brode had hoped to receive communion Friday from her denomination’s top spiritual leader, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori.

“I was right there at the corner and missed her by one person,” said a smiling Brode, who runs outreach ministries at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in downtown Jacksonville. “It’s a bummer.”

But that missed opportunity was far outweighed by the joy Brode felt hearing Jefferts Schori preach at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. The humor-laced message of unity was just what North Florida’s Episcopalians needed to hear after the difficult, dark years of divisions caused by the doctrinal differences over homosexuality, she said.

“The splits and all the drama, it was draining,” Brode said. “And to have the subject [of the sermon] be 'one body’ — it was wonderful.”

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