The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, addressed the graduates of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest on Tuesday in Northwest Austin. After the commencement, Jefferts Schori, the first woman to lead the national church, sat down with an Austin American-Statesman reporter to talk about her denomination’s challenges, including tensions within the 2.4 million-member American province and with Anglicans worldwide and her recent public row with Nigerian bishop Peter Akinola. Jefferts Schori, 53, also touched on her view of smart church growth and why this is the “most exciting time to be an Anglican in generations.” She’s most passionate about what her church is doing that doesn’t make headlines: feeding the hungry, empowering the poor, educating children.
Read the interview.