Black Women Bishops Are Making History In This Predominantly White Church

America’s largest Lutheran denomination made history this weekend with the elections of two African-American women as bishops.

The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman bishop in the 3.5 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Her election on Saturday made her the bishop of the ELCA’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, a region that includes the city of Philadelphia.

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