Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori helps us get an in depth look at the conflict that’s rattling the Episcopal Church in the United States. Will the issues of gay marriage and homosexual clergy cause the Church to split apart in 2008?The interview was conducted by the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy (from the Southern Baptist Convention) for the Interfaith Alliance "just before Christmas" in New York City. The host begins with a background piece, then turns to "the current state of the Episcopal Church" and the question of whether the Anglican Communion will experience a schism.
The program will air December 29 and 30th by radio, but it is available here: http://interfa.wmod.llnwd.net/a117/o1/SBAudio/STATE_OF_BELIEF_12-29-07.mp3. The program runs about 36 minutes. It's a fine interview, and I am glad to hear our Presiding Bishop speak again in her own voice. It's a relief to hear her, but remember: This was an interview conducted a few days ago, and it's directed to a global audience – not just to the "hot" issues that concern so many of us in the Episcopal Church.
I've just now listened to it one time through. She touches upon many critical issues: women's ordination, the conflict surrounding Bishop Robinson's consecration, differences within the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Williams' stance, the role of money and political lobbying organizations in the current debate, the mission of the Episcopal Church, how to live with our current divisions, and many other topics in this wide-ranging interview. She speaks explicitly (albeit briefly) about the struggles within San Joaquin.
This is one of the very finest interviews I've heard or seen with our Presiding Bishop. I'm grateful for it, and I think it's especially helpful for us to hear at this juncture. I encourage all of you to give it a listen.
I'll try to listen to it again tomorrow and – if there is interest – to provide a bit more detail about it.
BTW, I am having problems linking directly to the program through hyperlinks, but this seems to work: