What Does Archbishop Makgoba hope Bishop Schori will share with ACSA Bishops?

Dear friends

I have been looking into what Bishop Schori has had to say on some of the more topical issues of the day and the Anglican Communion.  I am beginning to wonder why the Archbishop of Cape Town is “delighted to have her address the synod of Bishops.  Some of her more interesting theological views in her words!!

Topic: Jesus the Way the Truth and the Life:

―I certainly don‘t disagree with that statement that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. But the way it‘s used is as a truth serum, or a touchstone: If you cannot repeat this statement, then you‘re not a faithful Christian or person of faith. I think Jesus as way – that‘s certainly what it means to be on a spiritual journey. It means to be in search of relationship with God. We understand Jesus as truth in the sense of being the wholeness of human expression. What does it mean to be wholly and fully and completely a human being? Jesus as life, again, an example of abundant life. We understand him as bringer of abundant life but also as exemplar. What does it mean to be both fully human and fully divine? Here we have the evidence in human form. So I‘m impatient with the narrow understanding, but certainly welcoming of the broader understanding.‖

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, interview in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Jan. 7, 2007

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Well, the rest of the verse, that no one comes to the Father except by the son.

KJS: Again in its narrow construction, it tends to eliminate other possibilities. In its broader construction, yes, human beings come to relationship with God largely through their experience of holiness in other human beings. Through seeing God at work in other people‘s lives. In that sense, yes, I will affirm that statement. But not in the narrow sense, that people can only come to relationship with God through consciously believing in Jesus.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, interview in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Jan. 7, 2007

Topic: THE DIVINITY AND UNIQUENESS OF JESUS

Stephen Crittenden: I guess we should just dwell on it a little bit more because it’s not an idea we hear very often. What is it a metaphor for, Jesus as mother?

Katherine Jefferts Schori: It’s a metaphor for new creation. When we insist that the Christ event in the death and resurrection of Jesus brings a new possibility of life, a new kind of life to humanity, it is certainly akin to rebirth. When Jesus says to Nicodemus You must be born again from above, what might he mean? I think it is a way of the gospel is saying that Jesus is a venue, an event, an experience, and an instance in which life is renewed, in which every human being as access to new life.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, interview by ABC Radio, “The Religion Report,” July 26,2006

Topic: HEAVEN AND HELL

TIME Question: Is belief in Jesus the only way to get to heaven?

Katherine Jefferts Schori: We who practice the Christian tradition understand him 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.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, TIME Magazine interview, July 10, 2006

CNN Question: So what happens after I die?

Jefferts Schori: What happens after you die? I would ask you that question. But what‘s important about your life? What is it that has made you a unique individual? What is the passion that has kept you getting up every morning and engaging the world? There are hints within that about what it is that continues after you die.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, interview by CNN Live, June 19, 2006.

Perhaps someone should ask him why she has been invited, I certainly hope that ALL of our bishops have better Christian Theology than what we can read from Bishop Schori!

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