From all accounts Bishop Mark Hanson of the ELCA is a remarkable and extraordinary pastoral leader. It is thus very surprising that Elizabeth Eaton, current Bishop of Cleveland, has been appointed as Bishop of the ELCA by an astounding margin and is the ELCA’s first female national bishop. Elizabeth Eaton won the vote 600 to 287.
The USA now has a female as bishop of the Episcopal Church and ELCA, which are in full communion with each other. It is heartening to know these significant churches have wisdom to embrace change and thus offer a prophetic voice to the world.
The LCA, meanwhile, is in the formative moments of a genuine conversation on women’s ordination, after installing Bishop John Henderson. The Bishop is meeting with St Stephen’s congregation this Sunday afternoon at 1pm (Sunday 18th August, 2013), Wakefield St, Adelaide, SA.
- Lutherans elect Elizabeth Eaton first female presiding bishop of ELCA (religionnews.com)
- ELCA elects first female presiding bishop (religionnews.com)
- Woman elected to top post of largest Lutheran group in U.S. (readingeagle.com)
- Lutherans shatter glass ceiling: First woman presiding bishop (seattlepi.com)