Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Episcopal Diocese of Kansas to make history with first woman bishop

From Kansas-

History will be made Friday in Topeka, when the Episcopal Church in Kansas elects its next bishop from a slate of three candidates, all of whom are women.

According to Episcopal church officials, the vote will mark the first time a woman has been elected to serve as the bishop in Kansas. The Episcopal Diocese in Kansas was founded in 1859.

Beyond that, the vote will mark the first time in the history of the Episcopal Church in the United States that all bishop candidates are women, according to national church leaders.

The vote, which will be carried out by clergy and lay delegates from the Episcopal Church in Kansas, will determine the 10th bishop since the founding of the Kansas diocese 159 years ago.

The three candidates are:

• The Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom, assistant professor of religion at Waldorf University, Forest City, Iowa, in the Diocese of Iowa.

• The Rev. Martha N. Macgill, rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cumberland, Md., in the Diocese of Maryland.

• The Rev. Helen Svoboda-Barber, rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Durham, N.C., in the Diocese of North Carolina.

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