General Convention 2006

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, and I will praise you . . . Psalm 43:3-4

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8.01.2006

We Did Remember to Check Her References, Didn't We?

PB-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori is being challenged on her resume:

"The newly elected presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church lists as her major qualifications for office positions at two institutions shrouded in mystery and without any formal accreditation – if they exist at all.

"That's the finding of an investigation of the rise of Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, a pilot and oceanographer and strong advocate for same-sex marriage and homosexual ordination by Virtue Online, which describes itself as "the voice for global orthodox Anglicanism."

"Schori and the nominating committee for the election that took place in June list as Schori's major qualifications the following positions she reportedly held:

pastoral associate and dean of the Good Samaritan School of Theology, Corvallis, Ore., from 1994-2000;

priest in charge of El Buen Samaritano, Corvallis, Ore.

"Terry Ward, a writer for Virtue Online, says he could find no record of the existence of the Good Samaritan School of Theology in his examination of the web pages and church newsletters of the Good Samaritan Church of Corvallis, Ore., the web pages of the Episcopal Church USA and the Oregon and Nevada Dioceses, the web pages of the Association of Theological School, which lists all accredited and affiliated institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

"None of these sources showed any evidence that the 'Good Samaritan School of Theology' existed as an independent organization with staff or facilities," Ward wrote. "There was no mention of the school or of the titles or positions (dean, pastoral associate) associated with the school."

"But there is now.

"Just do a search for the school and you will find dozens of references to it, in USA Today, Washington Post and other major papers – all involving the election of Schori and her reliance on that major qualification."

Read the rest here.

4 Comments:

Blogger Alan said...

They probably used the same team of investigators who managed to miss the open secret of VGR's alcohol problem.

9:48 AM  
Blogger GL+ said...

The explanation (in the full article) that this "dean" was simply coordinating the Christian formation program at the church where she served as Assistant Rector would be laughable if it were not so sad. And "vicar" of the portion of the same church that was its Hispanic ministry - now really!! What an exercise in creative writing.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Are we sure she was an oceanographer?

12:46 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Is it because of your history of Slave Trade and White Trash Fundamentalism that you Southerners are so bitter over this articulate, brilliant and charismatic woman being DULY ELECTED by the Bishops of The Episcopal Church, including those who are a part of the Orthodox Anglican Network? All I can say is that your envy doesn't appear to be very becoming.

1:44 AM  

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