From the Episcopal News Service
Jefferts Schori's opening remarks follow:
Good morning to all of you. And it is a good morning. As the psalmist says, "this is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Let us rejoice and be glad in the good and creative ministry going on in so many parts of this church and around the world. That is indeed an enormous blessing in a broken and hurting world.
I am grateful for this opportunity to speak to and with you, and grateful to Trinity Church for making this format possible. . . .
-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
New Year's Address to the Nation
Prague, January 1, 1990
My dear fellow citizens,
For forty years you heard from my predecessors on this day different variations on the same theme: how our country was flourishing, how many million tons of steel we produced, how happy we all were, how we trusted our government, and what bright perspectives were unfolding in front of us.
I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you.
Our country is not flourishing. . . .
- Václav Havel