Comments: Jane Shaw named Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Welcome, welcome, welcome, Dean Shaw. Bravo, for the following:
Baptism is therefore the foundation of our identity as Christians. With Paul's words to the Galatians in our memories, we hesitate to assent to a covenant in which there will be a new distinction between lay and ordained by handing over decision-making power to the Anglican primates. Having made our assent to the historic creeds, we hesitate to create new "essentials" about an issue - homosexuality - that may be purely of this moment.

Posted by drdanfee at Friday, 25 June 2010 at 7:54pm BST

"Jane Shaw's spiritual depth, commitment to the Gospel, theological vision and leadership skills make her uniquely qualified to help guide Grace Cathedral into its second century"

- The Rt. Rev.Mark Andrus. Bishop of California -

Is this a sign of the times? Where an astute TEC Bishop, like Mark Andrus and The Episcopal Church in the US are able to discern in a 'mere' woman of the Church of England, the gifts and skills (and Grace) of Leadership in the Church - whereas the Dear Old C.of E. is still taking time to 'Think about it'?

I heartily agree with Dr.Dan, in his assessment of Dr.Jane Shaw's value to the Anglican Communion at this time in its history - and the history of this fine Church building in the U.S.A. This is one instance of the Church taking advantage of the gifts of women as well as men to preach, embody and celebrate the Good News of God's love for ALL.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 25 June 2010 at 8:28pm BST

To me, it's less interesting that Grace Cathedral (which I look forward to visiting again, sometime soon---now that I live only a couple of hours away!) chose her, than that she TOOK the job.

In other words, she doesn't think that (suddenly controversial) pointy hat will be available for *her* in the CofE anytime soon... :-/

Posted by JCF at Friday, 25 June 2010 at 10:21pm BST

Great appointment. We were curates together (indeed, we went to school together!). She is fantastic. Our loss, California's gain.

Posted by Giles Fraser at Friday, 25 June 2010 at 10:31pm BST

Brava !

Posted by Pantycelyn at Friday, 25 June 2010 at 10:41pm BST

Very joyfilled moments as we move from splendid to more splendid...there is no looking back, scratching wooly heads or frowning over Gods/Natures authenticity at TEC/Anglican Communion.


Posted by Leonardo Ricardo at Saturday, 26 June 2010 at 2:04am BST

A superb appointment for one of the States' most exciting cities. She will make excellent use of this particular "bully pulpit" -- to all of our benefit. Welcome!

Posted by Tobias Haller at Saturday, 26 June 2010 at 2:38pm BST

From New College, Oxford to Grace Cathedral, SF seems several steps down. I wonder why she took the job.

Posted by WannabeAnglican at Monday, 28 June 2010 at 1:05am BST

'From New College, Oxford to Grace Cathedral, SF seems several steps down. I wonder why she took the job.'

Posted by: WannabeAnglican on Monday, 28 June 2010 at 1:05am BST

Can anything good come out of Nazareth ?

Posted by Pantycelyn at Monday, 28 June 2010 at 3:15pm BST

"From New College, Oxford to Grace Cathedral, SF seems several steps down. I wonder why she took the job" - Posted by: WannabeAnglican on Monday -

Well, I can think of several compelling reasons for the move. Some of these are:

1. An escape from a dead-end prospect for advance in ministry status within the Church of England.

2. A refreshing move from the fields of Academe - and a climate of Church ministry where one's gender, as a female, could be a barrier to personal, spiritual and ministerial growth.

3. An opportunity to preach the Gospel of Love to ALL people - irrespective of race, colour, faith community, gender or sexual orientation. on the basis of the Teaching of Jesus Christ in the New Testament - that ALL Christian people are baptized by the same Spirit into The Christ, who came into the world to save Sinners - ALL of US.

May Dr Shaw find fulfilment and new life in The Episcopal Church in San Francisco. (I had the privilege of speaking with her future Presiding Bishop on Sunday in New Zealand. She was thrilled with the news of Jane's appointment in TEC.)

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 29 June 2010 at 4:38am BST
Post a comment

Remember personal info?

Please note that comments are limited to 400 words. Comments that are longer than 400 words will not be approved.

Cookies are used to remember your personal information between visits to the site. This information is stored on your computer and used to refill the text boxes on your next visit. Any cookie is deleted if you select 'No'. By ticking 'Yes' you agree to this use of a cookie by this site. No third-party cookies are used, and cookies are not used for analytical, advertising, or other purposes.