Convention Theme & Guest Speaker
Convention Theme: The Moral Voice of the Church
The Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori, Former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, previously bishop of Nevada, was the 26th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, elected at the 75th General Convention on June 18, 2006. She was formally invested at Washington National Cathedral on November 4, 2006.
Over the course of her 9-year term, Bishop Jefferts Schori was responsible for initiating and developing policy for the Episcopal Church and spoke on behalf of the church regarding the policies, strategies, and programs authorized by General Convention. She was vocal about the Episcopal Church’s mission priorities, including the United Nation Millennium Development Goals, issues of domestic poverty, climate change and care for the earth, as well as the ongoing need to contextualize the gospel. The Presiding Bishop is charged to speak God’s word to the church and to the world.
From 2017 to 2019, Jefferts served as an assisting bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.
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. 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. Bishop Jefferts Schori 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.
She is the author of The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything ; A Wing and a Prayer: A Message of Faith and Hope; and The Gospel in the Global Village: Seeking God’s Dream of Shalom.
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