Saturday, October 20, 2018

Episcopal Diocese of Kansas makes history with election of first female bishop

From Kansas-

The first female bishop to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas was elected Friday.

The Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom, from the Diocese of Iowa, was selected on the second ballot, receiving 64 votes from lay delegates and 56 votes from clergy, the diocese said.

The election took place at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka.

Bascom is the first woman to be elected bishop since the diocese formed in 1859.

The Rev. Martha N. Macgill, of the Diocese of Maryland, and the Rev. Helen-Svoboda-Barber, from the Diocese of North Carolina, were the other candidates. This was the first time in the history of the Episcopal Church that a bishop heading a diocese was selected from all-women candidates.

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