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First Woman Elected Presiding Bishop of US Episcopal Church

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of Nevada was elected yesterday as the first woman presiding bishop of the entire US Episcopal Church. Jefferts Schori, 52, was elected 30 years after the 2.3 million-member church first allowed the ordination of women. Of the candidates for the position, she was the only woman, one of the youngest, and the most liberal.

Jefferts Schori is the first woman to hold the top post of any denomination within the worldwide Anglican Communion, according to the Episcopal News Service. Only Canada, New Zealand, and the US have women bishops in the Anglican church – England does not allow women bishops, according to the Washington Post .

Sources:

The New York Times 6/19/06; The Washington Post 6/19/06; Reuters 6/19/06; The Associated Press 6/19/06; Episcopal News Service 6/18/06