Bishop Lawrence to speak at 11/6 Episcopal Forum
October 29, 2008

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RESERVE A SEAT FOR THE 11/6 EPISCOPAL FORUM WITH BISHOP LAWRENCE
Directions to the Harbour Club
Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori speaks in Kansas City area
Voting as Christian Stewardship
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RESERVE A SEAT FOR THE 11/6 EPISCOPAL FORUM WITH BISHOP LAWRENCE

The Episcopal Forum of SC will sponsor a Forum on Thursday November 6, 2008. Bishop Lawrence will be the speaker followed by a moderated Q&A session. All are welcome.

Program: 12 Noon - 2 pm - Lunch and Forum
Location: Harbour Club - downtown Charleston
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Seating is limited - Cost including full lunch is $20 at the door. Reserve a seat by Sending an e-mail at link below or calling 843-209-8247
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Directions to the Harbour Club
35 Prioleau St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-9680
Directions to the Harbour Club

Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori speaks in Kansas City area
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008

Episcopal USA leader in KC

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While the economy has forced Americans to restrict their spending, the U.S. must increase its funding to help social justice overseas, the leader of the Episcopal Church USA said.

Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori visited the Kansas City area this weekend and said a crucial part of preaching the gospel includes having church members ensure the U.S. government make good its promises to provide financial help to Third World countries.

"An increasing number of (church members) are finding the courage to lobby their legislators for international aid that might reach the promises we made in 2000," Jefferts Schori said, adding that the private sector can't meet those demands by itself.

Episcopal Church USA has about 2.4 million members but is struggling to maintain its numbers, especially after internal division over the church's acceptance of homosexuality.

A number of American dioceses and congregations broke from the church to affiliate with conservative dioceses in Africa following the consecration of V. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire. Robinson is a homosexual in a same-sex relationship.

Jefferts Schori acknowledged the problems the issue has caused but said she believed the church was past most of the turmoil.

"I think five years from now that both those who have departed and those who remained will probably find their lives in the church more satisfying because they're not fighting to be heard," she said.

She met Saturday with youth members of the church and had lunch with clergy at the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kansas City. She and Bishop Barry Howe were scheduled to conduct a service Sunday at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence.

Jefferts Schori earlier spoke to the annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri, which is celebrating the end of its "Emmaus Era," a five-year program for expanding the congregation.

One of the program's goals is to help deal with a shortage of priests by allowing the ordination of priests without attending seminary and using alternative methods, such as classes on the Internet.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com


Voting as Christian Stewardship
By the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

As Election Day approaches, I want to remind you that our democracy gives us the opportunity to speak urgently about the many issues and challenges confronting our nation and the world. I would encourage every eligible voter to prayerfully consider the choices before us and commit to using the political process to seek solutions to our society’s most intractable problems. As part of our baptismal vows we commit “to strive for justice and peace among all people” and “respect the dignity of every human being.” As you prepare to vote, I urge you to consider how the Reign of God – a just society – particularly as explicated by the Hebrew prophets and by Jesus, can be made real in our own day.

Our baptismal ministry calls us to transform our communities into something that looks more like that Reign of God. That is our part in God’s mission. We are sent and commissioned to build a society where all have quate access to health care, where the weakest are protected and God’s creation safeguarded, and where each person has access to the blessings of life. That work requires committed engagement in the civic life of our nation if we seek to make God’s dream more effectively real and complete in this world.

As caretakers and stewards of all of God’s creation, each one of us is responsible for the flourishing of the rest of the human family. As in all elections, on November 4 we have the opportunity to continue working to reconcile and heal the world. I urge every citizen to use this opportunity to motivate our government to respond to, and participate in, building the Reign of God. We prepare the ground for the possibility of more abundant life through our part in the ministry of governance.

Voting and political participation are acts of Christian stewardship, in which citizens can engage in a common conversation about the future of our nation and the world. I urge you to exercise your right to vote, and to encourage and help others to do so as well.

Prayers for Sound Government

.....Prayer for an Election—Book of Common Prayer, page 821

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges; guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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