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U.S. Episcopal Chuch taps woman for top post

Well, you can’t say the Episcopal church isn’t stirring the pot! (Reuters):

The U.S. Episcopal Church chose Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on Sunday as its first woman leader, a move unprecedented in the Anglican church and one likely to produce more turmoil in a faith divided over the ordination of an openly gay bishop.

Her election came 30 years after the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, approved the ordination of women to the priesthood. The selection seemed likely to provoke controversy, since most other Anglican communities, including the Church of England, do not allow women bishops.

…Jefferts Schori, 52, is the bishop of the Diocese of Nevada. She will be installed at a ceremony in Washington’s National Cathedral later this year.

Her selection won immediate praise from Integrity USA, an organization representing Episcopalian gays. “We look forward to continuing the process of working closely with the presiding bishop toward the full inclusion of the gay and lesbian faithful in the Body of Christ,” said the Rev. Susan Russell, head of the group. “The historic election … is something for us and the whole church to celebrate.”

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