Woman bishop takes the Episcopal helm

Preaches peace to a divided denomination
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori knocked three times on the door of Washington’s National Cathedral early this month, and the Episcopal Church welcomed her as its new presiding bishop—the first woman to lead a national church in the history of Anglicanism.

In a majestic three-hour ceremony, Jefferts Schori, 52, was formally handed the primatial staff, symbolizing her role as chief pastor of the nation’s 2.2 million Episcopalians and their representative in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Beneath the cathedral’s soaring arches, the 3,200 assembled bishops, foreign prelates, priests and lay Episcopalians sang, danced and celebrated the liturgical rite of Holy Communion.


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