Episcopal Church disputes don’t shake Presiding Bishop

Bob Smietana in the Nashville Tennessean:

The smile on Katharine Jefferts Schori’s face was a mile wide.

A group of Sudanese women had just finished singing, opening a service honoring the 150th anniversary of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in East Nashville. And now a string ensemble and nearly 300 worshippers had joined in a familiar hymn, as St. Ann’s choir, pastor and other clergy began entering in processional.

Near the end of the line was the Most Rev. Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, in all her vestments, clearly enjoying the moment. All this despite the heat, which was already close to 90 degrees, even at 9 in the morning.

“It was God’s people gathered to give thanks,” she said after the service was over. “What could be better than that?”

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