Leadership is about motivating change, whether that means inviting people into livelier worship, a more engaged life of prayer, greater awareness of God's activity in our own lives, or a community that treats its members with greater dignity. You may have a vocation to lead others into greater care for the earth, or to pastor those living with the changes that disease brings. Each one of us, as a consequence of our baptism, is a leader somewhere. Those who are ordained have a focus for leadership that is about equipping the rest of the baptized for their daily ministries of leadership. All of us are meant to be about the work of building the reign of God, and since it does not yet seem to be here in its fullness, we are not likely to work ourselves out of a job any time soon.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts SchoriGracious, loving, and leading God, help each one of us to discern and live out the vocation you've called us to, with compassion and commitment, this day and everyday. Amen.
Commencement sermon at Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest
May 15, 2007