In this interview with Katherine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Bill Moyers asks about life, tradition, and some of the sacred conversations that are being had within the Episcopal Church and other religious traditions around the world. Bishop Jefferts Schori is an inspirational leader who, being the first woman elected as the Presiding Bishop, faces adversity on a daily basis. Hearing her thoughts on how she handles such adversity is truly inspirational which, I think, can be inspirational in many facets of peoples’ lives…not just in matters of faith!
Here is an excerpt from the interview that I find especially moving:
BILL MOYERS: And yet so much of religion is about excluding, not connecting, not including.
BISHOP KATHARINE JEFFERTS SCHORI: Connection with the sacred is something that gives people a sense of what is beyond themselves. And the desire to control that I think is one of the basic human failings. If we can control access to the sacred or control how the larger world understands those we like or those we do not like — we have the ability to change things in creative or destructive directions.