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Friday, November 03, 2006

Welcome to our New Presiding Bishop!

[Episcopal News Service] On the eve of the investiture of the 26th Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, final preparations for the November 4 service at the Washington National Cathedral are now complete.

Flowers have been arranged, rehearsals completed, and video cameras properly poised.

Gatherings set from coast to coast.

The November 4 investiture service for Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will draw many Episcopalians and Anglicans from all over the world to the Washington National Cathedral. Meanwhile, many others will share in the experience via the live webcast.

Due to the collaborative efforts of the Episcopal Church's Office of Communication and the Washington National Cathedral those unable to journey to Washington, D.C., will be able to access a direct link at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/ and watch the service from 11 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) through the liturgy's conclusion, expected around 1:15 p.m.

A number of dioceses, congregations and seminaries have announced plans to assemble, serve refreshments or share a meal, and watch the service.

Jefferts Schori's alma mater, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), plans to view the webcast on campus in the Moore Library in Easton Hall at 2401 Ridge Road in Berkeley, California. Continental breakfast will be served. Those planning to attend should email Jan Parkin, donor relations and communications officer, CDSP, at jparkin@cdsp.edu by November 3, 12 p.m.

"Everyone in the CDSP community, and indeed those in the entire San Francisco Bay Area who are acquainted with Katharine, would love to be present at her investiture," Parkin said. "It's important for us to come together to share in this experience, and so we invited the entire CDSP family for breakfast and the webcast."

Parkin said that although Jefferts Schori is an alumna of CDSP "our excitement goes well beyond that."

"Because we know Katharine so well, we are uniquely excited about what her leadership will mean for the church," she said.

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, will also show the live broadcast of the service concurrent with the celebration of Holy Eucharist.

"The investiture of Katharine Jefferts Schori is about us, not just her," St. Paul's dean, Jep Streit, said. "It is a celebration of the Body of Christ, and our witness to the world, and so we gather to celebrate and give thanks in all the places we live and worship and witness."

Among the many places showing the webcast are:

* Christ Church, 582 Walnut Street, Macon, Georgia, the oldest church in the Diocese of Atlanta, will host a brunch at 10:30 a.m. followed by the webcast in the Cloister Room. All in the Macon Convocation are welcome. For more information call Erin Lake at 478-745-0427 or email erin@christchurchmacon.com.

* Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, will host Eucharist and the webcast. A reception will follow the live broadcast. Call 216-771-3630 or visit: http://www.trinitycleveland.org/.

* St. John's Church on the Green, 7 Whittlesey, New Milford, Connecticut, will show the webcast on a large screen with surround sound. For more information call the church office at 860-354-5583.

* Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, will show the webcast for faculty, students and friends, on campus in Sherrill Hall, room 3A. Light refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend should email Dr. Julie Lytle at jlytle@eds.edu. Lytle will host the event and facilitate conversation following the service.

* St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, will use a large screen and view the webcast with a digital projector. For more information call Mark Nelson at 978-283-1708 or visit http://www.stjohnsgloucester.org/.

* Christ's Church, Rye, New York will show the webcast of the service. For more information email Neva Rae Fox at nrfox@dioceseny.org.

* St. Martin's Church, 15764 Clayton Road, Ellisville, Missouri, will sponsor a group viewing. Call 314-255-1387.

* The Rev. Carrol Davenport, assistant priest at Trinity Church in Kirksville, Missouri, will host a viewing at her home and serve coffee. Email Davenport at davenport1959@yahoo.com.

* All Saints Church, 144 South C Street, Oxnard, California, will present the webcast. For information call 805-483-2347.

* Cathedral Center of St. Paul, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, California, will hold a reception/coffee hour following the webcast. Provost Ernesto Medina will celebrate. For more information call 213-482-2040 ext. 201 or email provost@ladiocese.org.

* St. Michael and All Angels Church, 3233 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, California, will hold a reception following the webcast hosted by the parish's chapter of the Daughters of the King. The Rev. Ellen Hill will celebrate. For more information call the Rev. Martha Korienek at 949-644-0463 ext. 12 or email mkorienek@stmikescdm.org.

* St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 2965 Wycliffe Drive SE, Cascade Michigan, will host a viewing of the webcast preceded by a continental breakfast and coffee.

* St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, will show the webcast. For more information call Courtney Tan, parish administrator, at 408-773-9248.

* Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, Arizona, will host a webcast viewing with breakfast burritos. For more information call 602-254-7126.

* Trinity Church, 251 East Main Street (Rt. 391) Hamburg, New York, will host a participatory webcast of the investiture service. Coffee will be served. To attend, RSVP sgawron@trinityhamburg.org.

But, if you, like many of us are unable to be at one of these locations in person, then you are invited to watch via internet:

I hope you will watch the service

live streaming here

Saturday morning at 10:55 Eastern Standard Time.


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