Even as I type this, the investiture of Katharine Jefferts Schori as the first female Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is taking place at the National Cathedral in Washington.
For information about how to access a live webcast, see this article from the Episcopal News Service. One of the churches in our area has set up huge screens in their sanctuary so people can gather and watch the ceremony. I'm not there because I have other things to do -- like writing my homily for tomorrow! -- but this is indeed a historic day.
I think Bishop Katharine will do a good job. Among other things, she's the best preacher I've ever heard. I could happily listen to her preach every Sunday of the year, and I can't think of anyone I'd rather have as the spokesperson for the national church. She has an inclusive, compassionate vision of God's call to social justice and reconciliation, and she articulates that vision clearly and forcefully.
She's also, of course, now one of the focal points -- along with Gene Robinson -- of a great deal of turmoil in the global Anglican Communion. A few months ago, I spoke to her at a friend's ordination here in Reno. I said, "I'm incredibly proud of the church for electing you, and I wouldn't have your job for the world."
She laughed. "Well, Susan, I wouldn't want to be a professor again, either."
I wish her all the best. She has guts, and given what's going on right now, she's going to need them.
Later: Here's the text of her investiture sermon.