OSU alumna, former professor named Head of U.S. Episcopal Church

July 7th, 2006

From ABC News/Reuters and Gazette-Times stories:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – The U.S. Episcopal Church chose Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on Sunday as its first woman leader, a move unprecedented in the Anglican church and one likely to produce more turmoil in a faith divided over the ordination of an openly gay bishop.

Her election came 30 years after the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, approved the ordination of women to the priesthood.

“It will be a great adventure,” said Jefferts Schori, who holds degrees in biology and oceanography and taught religious studies at Oregon State University before her 1994 ordination.

NAME: The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

AGE: 52

EXPERIENCE: Oceanographer, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle; Ordained, 1994; assistant rector Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan and dean of Good Samaritan School of Theology in Corvallis; consecrated bishop of Nevada, 2001; Voted to confirm first openly gay bishop, 2003; Member, Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion

EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree in biology from Stanford University, 1974; master’s in oceanography, Oregon State University, 1977; Ph.d., Oregon State University, 1983; master’s in divinity, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 1994

FAMILY: Husband, Richard Miles Schori; one daughter

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