The Indianapolis Episcopal Diocese has been a part of our state since 1849, but it has only had ten leaders, until now.
On Saturday, it will get number eleven - an energetic New York City native named Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. While the church has ordained woman since he late 1970s, a female rising to the level of bishop is still relatively rare. Bishop Baskerville-Burrows will be one of only a handful of women to lead one of just over a hundred Episcopal dioceses in the United States.
The diocese is made up of 48 congregations, counting more than 10,000 members spread out over an area from Indianapolis south to the Ohio River. While Indiana might not always have the reputation as one of the most progressive cities in the country, the Episcopal Diocese here has been a leader in breaking new ground. The current bishop, Cate Waynick, has been the church's spiritual leader here for the last 20 years and the transition will mark the first time in the church's U.S. history that a woman will replace another woman as bishop.