Oxford University to award honorary degree to Presiding Bishop
Press release from Oxford University:
Six leading figures from the worlds of science, the arts and religion are set to receive honorary degrees from the University of Oxford this year, subject to approval by Congregation.
The degrees will be awarded at Encaenia, the University’s annual honorary degree ceremony, on Wednesday 25 June 2014.
Degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa:
The Most Reverend Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, PhD, is Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and 16 other nations. Over the course of her nine-year term, Bishop Jefferts Schori is responsible for initiating and developing policy for the Episcopal Church and speaks on behalf of the church regarding the policies, strategies and programmes authorised by General Convention.
Bishop Jefferts Schori’s studies for the priesthood, to which she was ordained in 1994, were preceded by her career as an oceanographer. She holds a BSc in biology from Stanford University, an MSc and PhD in oceanography from Oregon State University, an MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and several honorary doctoral degrees…
Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 3:00pm GMT
Thanks to Simon Sarmiento of Thinking Anglicans for this welcome news of the Presiding Bishop of TEC, The Rt. Revd. Dr. Katharine Jefferts-Schori’s acquisition of the Degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa), bestowed upon her by Oxford University in the U.K. This adds to her other degrees; from the Universities of Stanford, Oregon State, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
This honorary degree will be awarded – together with those of ‘six leading figures from the world of science, the arts and religion’ – at the annual bestowal of such degrees, at Oxford University on 25th June this year.
Congratulations are due to Dr. Katharine on the auspicious occasion of being granted this signal honour, from one of the academic world’s most prestigious universities, in the academic discipline of Divinity – no doubt in recognition of her innovative theological recognition of the godly authenticity of all humanity – regardless of their gender or sexual-orientation – as valued members of both Church and society in the modern world.
This, if anything, will show the academic world and the Church of England, that women are as capable as men in leadership roles in the areas of science and religion. It will also help to silence her few detractors in the wider Anglican Communion, who have tended to dismiss her ministry in leadership of The Episcopal Church in the United State of America, as the work of a reactionary cleric bent on leading TEC into heresy and schism.
Having met Bishop Katharine, in both a liturgical and a social setting, I am personally convinced that she has been God’s gift to the Episcopal Church – as well as to the world-wide Anglican Communion, in the way in which she has fearlessly confronted homophobia and sexism in her own Church and in the rest of the Communion at large. God Bless Bishop Katharine!
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand