Saturday, January 26, 2013

Presiding Episcopal bishop coming to SC

From South Carolina-

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, says the church schism in South Carolina is both a challenge and an opportunity but sees the mother church emerging stronger from a controversy similar to those Christians have weathered for 2,000 years.

"At times people have decided they need to follow their spiritual journey in another direction. And people have come and gone from the Episcopal Church many times over the years," she said during an interview with The Associated Press this week.

"Our task, when people decide to leave, is to bless their journey and pray they find a fruitful place to pursue their relationship with God," she said. "In the meantime, we're going to do what we feel called to do in the Episcopal Church."

The Diocese of South Carolina with churches in the eastern and lower part of the state withdrew from the church last year in disputes over theology and ordination of gays.
Jefferts Schori noted there have always been debates in Christianity, dating to the years after Christ when the first Christians debated whether gentiles could belong to the new faith.

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