PB Schori's "Shalom" Offer
Mr Beers’s letter [to Bishops Schofield and Iker demanding their dioceses modify their constitutions] is consistent with remarks that Dr Jefferts Schori made in an interview with the magazine The Witness before the General Convention elected her as the new Presiding Bishop in June.
Asked about bishops “who seem bent and determined to leave or to wound the body if they don’t get their own way”, Dr Jefferts Schori said: “I think they need to be challenged, more so than they have been. I see signs of hope in the House of Bishops, an unwillingness to continue to put up with bad behaviour. We haven’t seen any action yet, but I think it is coming.”
A second letter, written by Bishop Jefferts Schori on 1 November, her first day in office, invited four of her fellow Primates to meet her during their visit to the United States in mid-November. The four are the Most Revd Peter Akinola of the Church of Nigeria; the Most Revd Dr Justice Akrofi of the Church of the Province of West Africa; the Most Revd Drexel Gomez of the Church in the Province of the West Indies; and the Most Revd Benjamin Nzimbi of the Anglican Church of Kenya. They will travel to the US for a board meeting of Anglican Relief and Development, a ministry of the Anglican Communion Network. They also will meet conservative Episcopalians who have expressed their desire for oversight from outside the Episcopal Church.
Dr Jefferts Schori expressed her hope that the four Primates “might be willing to pay a call on me, so that we might begin to build toward such a missional relationship”. Primates of the Global South, when they met in Kigali in September, expressed the view that some “will not be able to recognise Katharine Jefferts Schori as a Primate at the table with us” (News, 29 September).