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A Wing and a Prayer: A Message of Faith and Hope [Paperback]

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Pages   169
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
ISBN  0819222712  
EAN  9780819222718  

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Applying scriptures to modern life, the first woman ever to be given the position of Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church delivers a collection of sermons that introduce a passionate message of reconciliation and peace. Original.

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Katharine Jefferts Schori is a bishop on the move. She pilots her plane to remote parishes around the sprawling Diocese of Nevada and shares her passionate message of reconciliation and peace. As the first female primate in the 500-year history of Anglicanism, she'll have the opportunity to speak to a far wider audience. This book is the vehicle for introducing Bishop Jefferts Schori and her platform to the wider Church."

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Theology without dogma by the Presiding Episcopal Bishop.  Feb 16, 2008
This is a series of short essays based on sermons that Bishop Katharine Schori gave in the years before her election as the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Perhaps the most striking feature is the complete absence of Doctrinal Dogma in them. The only two possible exceptions are her explanation of the Trinity as a relationship dance between the various members of the Godhead (which, of course, explains nothing), and of baptism as a connection to God that calls all of us to become, and serve as his ministers. Her statements that the Church is in the business of engendering dependency, and that rules become fences that separate people, may seem unusual coming from the head of the Church, but Bishop Katharine Schori is an unusual person.

Her main thesis is that we have been created to love, and that God loves us all, sinners and saints alike. We are all invited to join him in paradise, even Adolph Hitler. Again and again she exhorts us to take chances, use our God-given gifts and love one another in an effort to bring forth the Reign of God. "For this we have been created," she says, although this seems a little like circular reasoning. Our greatest sin is the desire to be right; we need diversity. "Communion is about learning to live and thrive with the obnoxious people around us," to learn to love them even if we may not like them.

The Bishop's ecumenical thinking is best revealed by a story she relates: "When each of us comes to the Day of Judgment, Moses will ask us if we enjoyed everything God gave us to enjoy." Placing Moses at the judgment table is not something that I have ever encountered before in Christian writings.

This is a wonderful little book. Don't be afraid to underline or highlight the numerous ideas you come across, and then to go back and read them over a couple of times. If you want a nice clean book for your bookcase, buy a second copy.

(The writer is the author of "The Way of the Butterfly: A Scientific Speculation on God and the Hereafter," and of "Christianity Without Fairy Tales: When Science And Religion Merge.")
a pleasing insight into our new presiding bishop  Feb 8, 2008
This book will please Episcopalians who are open to learning about Jefforts-Shori. Her short homilies are good meditations on a variety of subjects and show a woman open to many ways of looking at life.
Episcopal Church  Oct 18, 2007
This book is a lot of short essays or sermons by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (written before she was elected, I believe). Many are powerful, inspiring and/or thought-provoking.
Christianity for the rest of us  Aug 18, 2007
What a blessing to read a book that reveals a Christian faith based on Jesus' example of infinite love. In this day of many loud and forthright fundamentalist proclamations about who is going to be damned, who is not "right with the Lord", and who is just not as good as they should be, it is wonderful to read a clear and humble doctrine of love. None of us are as good as we should be, but the Reverend Schori seems to tell us some ways to try.
Hopefilled wings and prayers  May 29, 2007
The sermon/ meditations are moving and inspiring. They give great hope not only for the Episcopal Church but also for Christians and other people of faith. It would have been helpful to have scripture references with the chapter titles.

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