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An Evening of Reflection and Conversation with the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding BishopOn Tuesday, February 15, The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and Brite Divinity School are sponsoring an Evening of Reflection and Conversation with the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, at Southcliff Baptist Church, 4100 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX, 76109. A downloadable invitation to the event, which can be printed on card stock and is compatible with Avery note cards, numbers 3259 and 8317, has been created. Print as many as you want and share them with your friends.

Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies, and several members of the Executive Council, the governing body of the church between General Conventions, also will attend the event.

Bishop Wallis Ohl has urged all Episcopalians to invite friends who may still be worshipping in buildings controlled by the Southern Cone diocese to come meet and hear our presiding bishop and engage with her in conversation.

Southcliff Baptist Church is slightly less than a mile west of St. Christophers on Southwest Loop 820. Take the Granbury Road exit.

Doors will open at 5:30 PM. The TCU Barnes and Noble Bookstore will begin selling books at 5:30 PM. Bishop Katharine is the author of three books—A Wing and a Prayer, a Message of Faith and Hope; Gospel in the Global Village: Seeking God's Dream of Shalom; and The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Midst of Everything.

She will sign books beginning at 6:00 PM. Her address, which will include a brief meditation followed by conversation with the audience, will begin at 7 PM.

Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in June 2006, the first woman to hold that office. She serves as Chief Pastor and Primate to The Episcopal Church's members in 16 countries and 110 dioceses. She joins with other principal bishops of the 38 member Provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion, seeking to make common cause for global good and reconciliation. The Presiding Bishop is charged to speak God's word to the Church and to the world.

Bishop Jefferts Schori's career as an oceanographer preceded her studies for the priesthood, to which she was ordained in 1994. She holds a B.S. degree in biology from Stanford University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography from Oregon State University, an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and several honorary doctoral degrees. She remains an active, instrument-rated pilot – a skill she applied when traveling between the congregations of the Diocese of Nevada, where she was elected bishop in 2000 and ordained to the episcopate February 24, 2001. At the time of her election as bishop of Nevada, she was a priest, university lecturer, and hospice chaplain in Oregon.

Bishop Jefferts Schori grew up in the Seattle area and has spent most of her life in the West. She and her husband, Richard Miles Schori, a retired mathematician (topologist), were married in 1979. They have one daughter, who is a captain (pilot) in the U.S. Air Force.

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