Largest Lutheran group elects 1st female leader
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The nation's largest Lutheran group has elected its first woman as presiding bishop.
The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, of Ohio, is the new leader of the liberal-leaning Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Eaton won on the fifth ballot with about two-thirds of the vote. The election was part of the denomination's national meeting Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Eaton defeated the Rev. Mark Hanson, who is finishing his second, six-year term.
Eaton is currently bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and the College of Wooster.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is based in Chicago and has about 4 million members. The Protestant group in 2009 cleared the way for partnered gays and lesbians to be ordained, prompting many congregations to leave.
But Eaton told reporters the ELCA isn't defined by that single issue.
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Created: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:14:54 EST
Updated: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:14:54 EST