Woman among four nominees as next Episcopal top bishop

Moving forward amid threats of schism
One woman from Nevada and three southern men have been nominated to lead the Episcopal Church for a nine-year term as the badly divided denomination faces an uncertain future and threats of schism after decades of fighting.

The four bishops—J. Neil Alexander of Atlanta; Henry Parsley of Birmingham, Alabama; Edwin Gulick of Louisville, Kentucky; and Katharine Jefferts Schori of Las Vegas, Nevada—were nominated last month by a 29-member nominating committee to serve as presiding bishop.

The church’s new presiding bishop will be elected June 19 at the Episcopalians’ General Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The winner will be installed November 4 at the National Cathedral in Washington.


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