Lesbian is candidate to be next Episcopal bishop of Chicago

Chicago diocese
The Episcopal Church’s struggle with the worldwide Anglican Communion over homosexuality and biblical interpretation took another turn just before the Labor Day weekend with news that one of five clergy nominated to be the next Episcopal bishop of Chicago is Tracey Lind, the dean of Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral and a lesbian who speaks of life with her partner, Emily Ingalls, as “the gift that most sustains me.”

Since the 2003 Episcopal General Convention consented to the election in New Hampshire of Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who was open about his male partner, turmoil and schism threats have roiled the Anglican world.

Top Anglican bishops, meeting in Africa last February, called upon the U.S. bishops to state by September 30 that they would neither consent to the election of gay bishops nor authorize same-sex union rites.


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