Monday, May 1, 2017

Black female Episcopal bishop of Indy diocese breaks stained glass ceiling

From USA Today-

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows stepped out of the historic Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan into a city where she’d lived most of her life but suddenly couldn’t recognize.

Cars flipped upside down, buildings with shattered windows, ash coating everything. These were the features of the hellish streetscape a few blocks from Ground Zero.

In that moment, the North Tower of the World Trade Center came crashing down. Someone urged her group, which had been huddled in a stairwell during the attacks, to run for a nearby ferry terminal. Baskerville-Burrows, who grew up in a housing project on Staten Island, knew the way. Soon a ferry was carrying her away from the smoking city. Back in the building where she'd lived as a child, she knocked on doors she hadn't visited in years, seeking refuge from terrorism where she had once only feared the gunfire outside.

The trauma of that day lingered with Baskerville-Burrows for years. She remembered it earlier this week in another historic Episcopal church — Indianapolis’ Christ Church Cathedral — as the most dramatic chapter in a life that has led her to the eve of a new milestone: becoming the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

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