Lutherans Elect First Female Presiding Bishop

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The country’s largest Lutheran denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has elected its first female presiding bishop. Reverend Elizabeth Eaton is the ELCA bishop of Cleveland. She is described as a moderate who supported the denomination’s decision to allow openly gay clergy but said the church needs to make room for those who do not agree. Eaton’s selection was a surprise. She defeated the incumbent bishop who had been widely expected to win a third term.