Episcopal presiding bishop revisits 'salvation' speech

Jefferts Schori on the "great Western heresy"
In her talk to open the Episcopal Church’s triennial convention in July, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori denounced the “great Western heresy” of individual salvation and contrasted it with the convention’s theme of spiritual journey in community. Seven weeks later, noting public criticism from evangelical figures, she elaborated.

“Apparently I wasn’t clear,” Jefferts Schori said in a statement released August 27 by church headquarters in New York. She said that individualism—the view that one’s interests and independence trump principles of interdependence—“is basically unbiblical and unchristian.”

“If salvation is understood only as ‘getting right with God’ without considering ‘getting right with (all) our neighbors,’” Jefferts Schori wrote, “then we’ve got a heresy . . . on our hands.”


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