Elizabeth Eaton Elected!
Change has come to one of America’s largest Christian denominations. On August 15, 2013, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elected its first female presiding bishop, the church’s top office. Bishop Elizabeth Eaton won in a surprise 600-287 landslide at the denomination’s triennial Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. A 4 million-member denomination with nearly 10,000 congregations, the ELCA is twice as large as the Episcopal Church, which elected its first female presiding bishop seven years ago.
Bishop Eaton was raised and is a frequent visitor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakewood, Ohio. She has presided over confirmations and other important events. Congratulations to Liz and her family and the Northeast Ohio Synod.