18 June 2006

History has been made

Episcopal News Service reports:

[Episcopal News Service] Katharine Jefferts Schori, bishop of the Diocese of Nevada, has been elected June 18 by the House of Bishops as the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The House of Deputies is discussing a resolution to confirm the election, as is required by church canons. ENS will post more information after that vote.
The first woman to be ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion was Florence Li Tim-Oi+, a deaconness who the then Bishop of Hong Kong, +Ronald Hall, ordained on the feast day of the Conversion of the Apostle Paul, 25 January 1944 in occupied China. Here we are 62 years and five months later and a woman has been elected as the next Primate of The Episcopal Church!

In Galatians 3:28 the Apostle to the Gentiles, St. Paul, wrote:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.


Update at 4:38PM CDT - HOD has confirmed her election. Vote results from both HOB and HOD are online here. Who voted how is not released, just how many voted for who. The installation of the 26th Presiding Bishop (and first female primate in the Anglican Communion!) is set for Saturday, 4 November 2006 at the National Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Mount St. Alban's, Washington, DC. I hope to be there.

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[broken scripture link fixed 5 July 2007]


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