Beloit Pastor Is One Of The First African-American Women To Become An ELCA Bishop

An African-American woman who has served as interim pastor at two Beloit churches has been elected bishop for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.

The Rev. Viviane E. Thomas-Breitfeld of Brookfield is just the second African-American woman bishop among the 65 synods that make up the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The first, the Rev. Patricia A. Davenport, was elected bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod on Saturday – the day before Thomas-Breitfeld’s election.

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton said the elections of the two were important developments for the “most white” of the nation’s mainline Protestant denominations.

Thomas-Breitfeld was elected on the fifth…

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