Saturday, July 16, 2011

Episcopal Diocese of Alabama ready to elect new bishop

From Alabama-

There's an election today to pick the next bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, and the four candidates include a woman priest at a church in Rhode Island and a suffragan bishop who would only need to move down the hall.

The Rev. Clare Fischer-Davies, rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Providence, R.I., could make history as the first woman to be Episcopal bishop of Alabama.

Or a familiar face, the Rev. Kee Sloan, now serving as suffragan bishop of the diocese, could be elevated from an assistant-level bishop to the head of the diocese.

The Rev. Kenneth L. Chumbley, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, Mo., and the Rev. William Charles Treadwell III, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas, will also be on the ballot. Clergy and lay delegates from around the diocese will gather at Cathedral Church of the Advent today for a 12:30 p.m. communion service, with voting expected to start at 2 p.m. and be done by 4 p.m.

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