Chicago Episcopalians Pass on Lesbian Bishop

But new bish calls for 'full inclusion' of gays
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2007 3:43 PM CST
Chicago Episcopalians Pass on Lesbian Bishop
The first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, arrives to a meeting in New Orleans Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007. With the Anglican world anxiously waiting, Episcopal leaders weighed their response to demands that they bar any more gays from becoming bishops. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Chicago’s Episcopal Diocese today passed up lesbian Tracey Lind for its bishop post, instead electing popular Midwest-native Jeffrey Lee. But Lee is a firm supporter of gay inclusion, much to conservatives’ chagrin. “I believe God is calling us to full inclusion of gays and lesbians in ministry of this church,” Lee said. “The church has to catch up with God's vision.”

Lind’s candidacy made the race a showdown between the gay-friendly Episcopal Church and its Anglican parent, the Chicago Tribune reports. Passing over Lind makes a schism in the Church less likely, but conservative elements still aren’t happy. “All the persons on the ballot were in favor of the gay agenda, including the new bishop,” one reverend said. “I think that's shameful.” (Read more Episcopal Church stories.)

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