November 27, 2008

Katherine Jefferts Schori

Organized just before the American Revolution, the Episcopal Church in the United States claims more than two million members. But the Episcopal Church today faces a serious rift, one that causes dissent within and could dissolve its historical alliance with Anglican communities elsewhere in the world. Host Joan Cartan-Hansen speaks with Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori about this division and the role of the Episcopal Church in the world.

In 1976, the Episcopal Church allowed women to be ordained to the priesthood and in 2003, the first openly gay Bishop was elected. Some American parishes and Anglican churches abroad have called for a separation from the main U.S. church. Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori searches for ways to heal that international divide and resolve the conflicts within her own congregations. Jefferts Schori is the first woman to be elected as Presiding Bishop of the American church.