By Rachel Zoll
WASHINGTON (AP) - Katharine Jefferts Schori took office Saturday as the first female leader of The Episcopal Church and the first woman priest to head an Anglican province, two landmarks that could quickly be overshadowed by divisions over the Bible and sexuality throughout world Anglicanism.
Jefferts Schori, who supports ordaining gays, acknowledged the rift in an elaborate ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral, urging parishioners to "make peace" with those who oppose the direction of the U.S. church. In 2003, the denomination consecrated its first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
"If some in this church feel wounded by recent decisions, then our salvation, our health as a body, is at some hazard, and it becomes the duty of all of us to seek healing and wholeness," Jefferts Schori said during her ceremony...
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"We who practice the Christian tradition understand him [Jesus Christ] as our vehicle to the divine. But for us to assume that God could not act in other ways is, I think, to put God in an awfully small box."-- Katharine Jefferts Schori, Time Magazine, July 10, 2006