Thursday, October 4, 2018

For the first time, a woman could lead the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee

From West Tennessee-

For the first time, the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee is slated to have a woman serve as its bishop.

Three candidates have been named as options to succeed the Rt. Rev. Don Johnson, who plans to resign next year.

They are the Rev. Marian Dulaney Fortner, rector of a church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; the Rev. Sarah D. Hollar, rector of a church in Huntersville, North Carolina; and the Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf, rector of a church in Richmond, Virginia.

The Rev. Gary Meade, president of the standing committee that oversees the process of selecting a new bishop, said there was no goal to have three women candidates, but that he is “delighted” it ended up that way.

“Male and female, black and white, gay and straight, healthy or ill, rich or poor, we are all God’s children,” Meade said. “This is just a recognition that the Episcopal Church honors that. We honor the full diversity of God’s people and we see that reflected more and more in our leadership.”

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