President Obama named 12 new members to his advisory council for the Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office on Friday evening, including the head of the Episcopal Church, Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, who in 2003 voted to approve the consecration of the church’s first homosexual bishop, which was the catalyst for the church’s split.

In 2006 Schori became the first female primate (or head) of the Episcopal Church, which is part of the global Anglican Communion, and she is theologically liberal, referring to “Mother Jesus” in her first sermon as the top bishop. She has said her mission is to heal the divisions in the church, but theologically conservative congregations have continued to leave the denomination in droves. Congregations have left because of the ordination of the openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson, Schori’s installation as head of the church, and the continuing erosion of core theological commitments like belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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