Episcopal Church Elects Female Bishop Who Supports Homosexuality

I saw this article on another blog and researched this, and here's what I found...this is from Wikipedia...

"The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori; born March 26, 1954 in Pensacola, Florida is the Presiding Bishop-elect of The Episcopal Church. She is the first woman elected primate in the Anglican Communion.

Jefferts Schori was raised in Roman Catholicism until 1963, when at the age of eight her parents brought her into the Episcopal Church in conjunction with their own move out of Roman Catholicism. She attended school in New Jersey, then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in biology from Stanford University in 1974, and a Master of Science in oceanography in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1983, also in oceanography, from Oregon State University. She earned her M.Div. in 1994, and was ordained priest that year. She served as assistant rector at the Church of the Good Samaritan, Corvallis, Oregon, where she had special responsibility for pastoring the Hispanic community (she speaks Spanish fluently). In 2001, she was called and consecrated Bishop of Nevada. She was awarded a D.D. (honoris causa) in 2001 from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. (It is a common practice for a bishop in The Episcopal Church to be awarded an honorary doctorate from her or his alma mater seminary.) She is an instrument-rated pilot.

She married Richard Schori, an Oregon State professor of topology, in 1979. They have an adult daughter, also Katharine, also a pilot: she is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

The Episcopal Church met in General Convention in Columbus, Ohio in June 2006. Jefferts Schori was elected Presiding Bishop by the House of Bishops on June 18, from among seven nominees on the fifth ballot with 95 of the 188 votes cast. The House of Deputies, consisting of deacons, priests and laity, overwhelmingly approved the House of Bishops' election later that day. Jefferts Schori will be the first woman Primate in the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Although Jefferts Schori's election was an indication of widespread support in the Episcopal Church in the United States for ordaining women to the historic episcopate, the Diocese of Fort Worth, which opposes women in holy orders, has asked the Archbishop of Canterbury for "alternative primatial oversight" (a previously unheard-of expression), analogous to "alternative episcopal oversight" suggested in the Windsor Report. Several other conservative dioceses affiliated with the Anglican Communion Network, including some that do ordain women, have made similar requests.

Jefferts Schori voted to consent to the election of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, the controversial appointment of a gay bishop. Therefore, her election as Presiding Bishop has been regarded by some conservative Episcopalians as a confirmation that the Episcopal Church is unwilling to change its institutional views on homosexuality and Christianity, especially gays in ordained ministry or living in committed relationships. Jefferts Schori's election may also be an issue for some bishops of other churches in the Anglican Communion, which does not universally recognize the ordination of women.

At a June 18 news conference, the Presiding Bishop-elect articulated a willingness to work with conservatives. She expressed her hope to lead the church in the reign of God, rooted in imagery from Isaiah and including such United Nations Millennium Development Goals as eradicating poverty and hunger: "The poor are fed, the Good News is preached, those who are ostracized and in prison are set free, the blind receive sight."

Jefferts Schori will remain Bishop of Nevada until taking up the position of Presiding Bishop officially on November 1, 2006; her investiture and seating in the office will be held November 4 at the (Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul) Washington National Cathedral. An Episcopal Presiding Bishop's term is nine years."

I have a few Episopal friends, and I hadn't heard this news yet. There seems to be a dividing line in the Episopal/Anglican church and this election makes the division even clearer. The future should be very interesting...


Mars & Venus

I know God created both men and women - we were all created by Him. However, it is true that most times it seems like we came from 2 different planets. WHY, WHY, WHY do we as women try to change men to be more like us? Most men I know who get frustrated when they can't understand women just brush it off and say, "I can't ever understand women." But, what do we do? Instead of accepting our differences, the females try to "fix" the men and make them more like us? "You need to do this." or "You should have handled it this way." Yadda, yadda, yadda.

THEY ARE DIFFERENT. WE ARE DIFFERENT. We are not going to communicate the same, or hear things the same way, or work together the same way, or even listen the same way. WE ARE DIFFERENT and IT'S OK.

The challenge is to recognize the differences, accept them, learn to live with it - and move on.

That's a very cliche sentence I just wrote, but WOW would this world be a much nicer place if we just did it. If we have a conflict with another person, we are instructed in the Bible to first go to the person and make them aware of our grievance. Well, what do you know? God sure knows what He's talking about! Problems could really be diminished if we'd do what the Bible says, instead of trying to fix it our way. How do we do it? We mull over it, and discuss it with 10 other people (gossip) and we let our feelings fester until they are about to drive us over the edge. Then MAYBE we approach the other person and let them know why they were wrong and how they need to change.

Surprise, surprise - most times it doesn't work out too well. If we'd follow the Lord's instructions and just GO TO THE PERSON most of the misunderstanding would fade away and everyone would sleep better.

Ugh - it's been a bad day, and I needed to rant and rave a little.


Think You Know Me?

Ok, I've done this dozens of times, but need to put one on here - copy and paste it and send it back to me so I can learn about you : )

1) Who is the last person you high-fived? kids at church
2) If you were drafted into a war, would you survive? probably
3) Do you sleep with the TV on? nope
4) Have you ever drank milk straight out of the carton? yep
5) Have you ever won a spelling bee? are you kidding me - no.
6) Have you ever been stung? Yes, bee & jellyfish
7) How fast can you type? really fast
8) Are you afraid of the dark? nope, but afraid of the critters hiding there
9) What is your eye color? gray or green, depends on the day
10) Do you ever wear the same clothes twice without washing them? Yep
11) Are you drinking anything right now? nope
12) Favorite animal as a kid? koala bear
13) Can you hoola hoop? nope
14) What do you want for Christmas? The Message Bible (Old & New Testament)
15) Favorite cereal: just one? Golden Grahams, Smart Start, Total Raisin Bran, etc, etc
16) Do you talk in your sleep? no
17) Have you ever flown a kite? Yes
18) How many people are on your contact list of your cell? about 50
19) Have you ever asked for a pony? no
20) Plans for tomorrow? laundry, homeschool, homeschool meeting
21) Can you juggle? No
22) How are you feeling today? stuffy but well rested
23) Have you ever been suspended or expelled from school? not in a million years
24) What are you looking forward to? in the morning when the kids climb in bed w/ me
25) Have you ever crawled through a window? yep
26) Have you ever eaten dog food?
27) Movie you can quote line for line? Grease, High School Musical, Incredibles
28) Favorite fast food breakfast? McDonald's Egg McMuffin
29) What 3 things can always be found in your refrigerator? Eggs, Milk, Butter (duh)
30) Any cool scars? long one on my shin from falling thru the sliding door in the van, small one on my ankle from IV when I was a baby
31) What do you do when no one is watching??? lots of things
32) Do you like dancing? yes
33) Who did you last talk to on the phone? friend from Indiana
34) Where was the last place you ate? at the kitchen table, oh you mean OUT? Uh, new Latin restaurant at the mall
35) What is the last movie watched? Invincible
36) What song did you hear last? You Are Good by Brownsville Choir
37) How many emails do you get a day? not counting SPAM, about 20

55 Reasons To Homeschool

Because we are homeschooling, we are often faced with the WHY question. Here is a great website with 55 WONDERFUL reasons to homeschool. (My personal favorites are #6, 8, 20, 39, 43, 54 and ESPECIALLY #48!!) If you are questioning it or maybe considering it - check out this site. (Thanks to BohemianMama for having this link.)

Just Enough To Get By

I've been thinking recently about this attitude: Just Enough To Get By. It seems to be the anthem of my generation. Our parents were work horses whose parents taught them to work hard and save, save, save. Now we are reaping the benefits of those savings, and what do we do? We spend like crazy. The debt among Americans is the highest ever - I'm sure as a result of credit cards. Not only are our spending habits different, but our attitudes are different than those of our parents and grandparents as well.

For example, I heard my husband's co-worker talking the other day about taking dancing lessons for her wedding. She said, "We wanted to know just enough to get by at our reception."

This attitude also exists in education. No Child Left Behind (a.k.a Clinton's School-to-Work program) says by it's very namesake that we are going to do just enough to make sure every student is getting just what they need, and none would be left behind. (What about a reform named "Every Child Exceeding To The Best Of Their Ability.") This topic is mentioned in the "55 Reasons To Homeschool" list I mention in my next post - check out #25.

Anyway...back to my generation seems to be living by the principle that we can do just enough to get by. I'll tell just enough truth not to hurt anyone or get myself in trouble, I'll pay just enough on my credit card balance not to get a late fee, I'll learn a little Spanish so I can make it in the marketplace, I'll take a few lessons so I'll look like I know what I'm doing on the dance floor, I'll go to church once in a while to make sure I'm going to get into heaven, I'll call my mother every Sunday to fulfill my duty to her, I'll get my Bachelor's degree to get my foot in the door, I'll study just enough to maintain my GPA... the list goes on.

Sure, there's the small percentage who are experts in their field. But didn't people used to do their best? Our culture has made it so easy for you to be successful without really even knowing what you are doing. Give a good sound bite, act the part, and be confident and we'll all take your word for it.

I heard a pastor in Florida speak about the LAW OF NECESSITY. He challenged the congregation to admit the fact, that even as Christians, we live by our so-called moral code until the LAW OF NECESSITY requires us to step up to the plate. For example, we might say we are pro-life. We might even support pro-life ministries and political candidates. But, what happens when our daughter becomes pregnant as a teenager? That's when the LAW OF NECESSITY kicks in. What do we really believe? We want our daughter to be successful, and have a bright future so maybe in this case, pro-life is not the best option? Or, let's say we sit in church and agree with the pastor when he challenges us to earn an honest wage and be a good example for the Lord. But, when we are overpaid by 10 hours the LAW OF NECESSITY might cause us to say, "Hey, it's their mistake and my gain. It'll be too much trouble to fix it anyway."

I know I used to be caught in this web, maybe I still am. I'm just thinking about my friends, the people I went to college with, and my husband's co-workers. I'm wondering how strong our morals really are when we seem to do just enough to get by.

Why when we come across someone who is an expert in their field, or very verbal about their opinion do we assume they are fanatic and need balance in their life? When did this middle ground, and "intolerant" wave penetrate our generation?

I don't think JUST ENOUGH is good enough. I'm not perfect, but I'm working on becoming more like the One who is.