The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, visited the Diocese of Maine over the weekend. On Saturday about 165 people from across the diocese gathered at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland for her talk about “Change and the Church” and to engage in a town hall-style question and answer session.
For an hour Bishop Jefferts Schori fielded questions about a wide range of issues such as youth engagement with the church, the Cursillo movement, ministry in Haiti, the importance of telling our faith stories, and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Also included in the day was a short worship service to give thanks for her ministry as presiding bishop as her nine-year term comes to an end in November 2015. A new presiding bishop will be elected on June 27 at the upcoming General Convention in Salt Lake City. The nominees for that election will be announced by Episcopal News Service on Friday, May 1.
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On Sunday, Bishop Jefferts Schori joined Maine Bishop Stephen Lane, the Rev. Nathan Ferrell, rector of Saint Mary’s, Falmouth, and the people of Saint Mary’s for a worship service to mark the church’s 125th anniversary. Bishop Jefferts Schori preached and presided. In her sermon she make us of the day’s designation as Good Shepherd Sunday:
The sheep in this fold have all been called to help shepherd others. We all have one Good Shepherd, who asks us to come and follow, to seek the lost and serve the least. There will always be more sheep of other folds to discover, meet, befriend, feed, and heal. Sometimes that lost sheep is you or me. When we’re feeling lost, who brings us home again? It’s usually a friend or a loved one, who knows our name and says, come on, come in, come home, you are well loved, treasured, God’s own beloved.
The text of her sermon is available here.
After the worship serve Bishop Jefferts Schori gathered with members for another full hour of questions and answers.
Additional photos and video of her visit will be available soon.