Friday, November 18, 2011

Episcopal presiding bishop visiting Cape

From Missouri-

Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will be in Cape Girardeau on Sunday morning at Christ Episcopal Church.

Jefferts Schori is in St. Louis for the state's Diocesan Convention, and Cape Girardeau was selected as the location for her to lead a Sunday service while in the state.

The Rev. Robert Towner of Christ Episcopal Church said the Rev. George Wayne Smith, the bishop of Missouri, selected the Cape Girardeau church as a way for the presiding bishop to see a congregation outside the metro St. Louis area.

"He also wanted her to see what a very active church was like out here, a small church but with a big mission. So I take it as a great compliment," Towner said.

Jefferts Schori said part of her responsibility as presiding bishop is to visit various church gatherings, be it a convention, when a new bishop is installed, or in other official capacities.

Churches outside major cities are often used for her visits, particularly those with thriving immigrant congregations or those doing something unusual.

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