Two African-American Women Elected as Bishops For The First in ECLA History


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This event is a turning point for the Evangelical Lutheran Church

History was made by an American Evangelical Lutheran Church on May 5 when the institution elected a female bishop of African-American ancestry. Only 24 hours later, another synod elected yet another African-American female bishop. The two synods are about 900 miles distant from each other. The first synod elected the Reverend Patricia A. Davenport to the bishop’s office overseeing Southern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia. The second synod elected Reverend Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld to be the pastor-elect for Wisconsin’s South-Central Synod.

Reverend Davenport will lead the 95,000 member strong Southeastern…

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