[Anglican Curmudgeon] 20 Oct 2008--The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, will publicly apologize in the name of the Church for its involvement in the institution of Transatlantic Slavery at a special "Day of Repentance" service to be held at The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, over two days on October 3 & 4, 2008.
(Although called a "Day" of Repentance, the service will extend over two days "to show how we are really, really sorry," said Bishop Jefferts Schori in an interview she gave this reporter on the eve of her departure. "Besides, [the Rev. Dr.] Harold [Lewis, rector, Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh], [the Rt. Rev.] Chip [Marble, assisting bishop in the Diocese of North Carolina], [Dr.] Anita [George, chairperson of the Executive Council Anti-Racism Committee] and [the Honorable] Byron Rushing [member of the Massachusetts State Legislature] each wanted to contribute to the occasion, and we just couldn't fit it all into one day. But our PR person thought that 'Two Days of Repentance' sounded a bit---what shall I say---niggardly, and so we settled on the more generic 'Day of Repentance'---meaning 'day' in the modern Biblical sense of 'an indefinite period between darkness and light'. Or is it 'between light and darkness'? Oh, well---you get the point." )