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Chalk It Up To Episco-Geekiness

I'm just a little giddy after the recent opportunities to share time with two Presiding Bishops of our Episcopal Church!

First, The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop, is a guest scholar at Virginia Theological Seminary. I am taking two courses with him during January Term: Anglican Spiritual Traditions & Ignatian Spirituality.  I see in his spirit and personality, as The Rev. Dr. Robert Prichard wrote in his book, A History of the Episcopal Church, that Bishop Grisworld carries "the necessary gifts to turn the church away from the confrontational model of leadership of the 1990s to a more conciliatory form of decision making." What a wonderful opportunity to sit with and learn from one of the recent leaders of our church.

Then, just last night after a class with Bishop Griswold, a group of us from VTS visited the Paulists at St. Paul's College, a Roman Catholic Holy Order near Catholic University, to hear our current Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, speak.  She was invited to share on the topic of Ecumenism, specifically between The Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches.  The title of her lecture was "A Catholic Future: Shared Mission Beyond Unitary Communions."  She covered so much so well that many were left desiring a copy of her presentation to further consider the works and challenges before us. Before she spoke, I introduced myself and shook her hand.  Afterward her lecture and the Q&A during which she represented our Church so quietly, yet mightily, I was left with a sense of awe; I found Bishop Jefferts Schori to be "a quiet, yet steady, force."

Being careful to not be too prideful, I give thanks for two wonderful examples of spirit-filled people who lead our Church. And I must say: Our Church Rocks!

God, I pray you will gift me with a small measure of such presence as I have witnessed so I may walk with and lead alongside both of them, and with others.