Jefferts Schori, Katharine

Jefferts Schori, Katharine,

1954–, American Episcopal bishop, b. Pensacola, Fla. An oceanographer (Ph.D. Oregon State Univ., 1983) who had worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service, she was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1994 and served in Corvallis, Oreg., until she was elected bishop of the Nevada diocese in 2001. In 2006 she was elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal ChurchEpiscopal Church,
Anglican church of the United States. Its separate existence as an American ecclesiastical body with its own episcopate began in 1789. Doctrine and Organization

The Episcopal Church maintains that the Holy Scriptures are the ultimate rule of faith.
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, becoming the first woman to head a member church of the Anglican CommunionAnglican Communion,
the body of churches in all parts of the world that are in communion with the Church of England (see England, Church of). The communion is composed of regional churches, provinces, and separate dioceses bound together by mutual loyalty as expressed in the
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. Her tenure was marked by the tensions over homosexuality and woman bishops, and saw a number of conservatives leave the church. She was succeeded (2015) as presiding bishop by Michael Bruce CurryCurry, Michael Bruce,
1953–, American Episcopal bishop, b. Chicago, grad. Hobart College, 1975, Yale Divinity School, 1978. Ordained in 1978, he served as rector of churches in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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