The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has re-elected their first female presiding bishop, the Reverend Elizabeth A. Eaton, by a large margin.
At a vote taken on Tuesday at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the Rev. Eaton won re-election on the first ballot, receiving 725 votes out of the 897 votes cast, or 81.19 percent.
“We’re church, church first,” stated Eaton in her address to the Churchwide Assembly following the election results. “Our lives are not only supported but our lives are surrounded, and our lives have their basis and meaning in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
“And especially as we experience that in our lives and are changed by that in word and sacrament. That’s where we get any authority or certainly any integrity to do works of love and justice, because we’re church.”
The highest legislative body of the ELCA, the fifteenth Churchwide Assembly, is being held Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Assembly meets every three years and holds elections for presiding bishops every six years. The theme for this year’s gathering is “We are church.”
The Reverend William Boerger, secretary of the ELCA, explained in a sermon during opening worship on Monday what the theme for this year’s Churchwide Assembly entails.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski