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Former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori named Feminist Scholar-in-Residence at Grace, Brooklyn Heights

kjs_sq.jpgJefferts Schori will give keynote and lead part of daylong workshop at the parish on June 16. 

The 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and Primate in the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be the speaker and workshop leader at this annual event at Grace Church in Brooklyn, New York, titled “Women Leading Change Toward Abundant Life for All.” The bishop was the first woman presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church as well as the first and to date sole woman primate in the Anglican Communion.

All are cordially invited to this free event which is sponsored by Grace Church and its Gender Equity in Word & Deed Committee, The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and its Mercer School of Theology, and the parishes of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn Heights, and All Saints, Park Slope.

Noting the historical exclusion of women and sexual minorities by too many past and current religious and civic leaders, the Rev. Marie Tatro, Vicar for Community Justice Ministry for the Diocese of Long Island, shared, “As the #MeToo Movement has challenged our society to reckon with the sins of the past and present, our Church -- and all organized religions -- must also participate in a broad-based reckoning.  In particular, we need to confront the history of discrimination that has systematically excluded women from leadership.” She added, “Bishop Katharine’s 2006 election as our first female Presiding Bishop, and first Anglican primate in the world, not only broke through the ‘stained glass ceiling,’ it launched a rocket through it, and her voice and wisdom are vital to our conversation."

The event, which starts at 10 AM and ends at 3:30 PM with a lunch break, will feature a morning address by the bishop and afternoon workshop. Grace Church is located at 254 Hicks Street (between Remsen and Joralemon Streets), Brooklyn, New York 11201. 

To reserve your free spot and order an optional buffet lunch for $20, go to the Eventbrite website: A more complete biography of Bishop Katharine is found at the Eventbrite website.

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The goal of the Gender Equity in Word and Deed Committee at Grace Church is to elevate the level of discourse and open dialogue about the biases of sexism and racism. We believe the Feminist Scholar Residency is vital for the life of our churches and our communities.

The Episcopal Church, which proclaims Jesus’ Gospel of faith, hope and love, exists in sixteen countries and territories with over one hundred dioceses and 7,000 parishes. We value the diversity of culture and thought. All are welcome.