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Tennessee Diocese picks bishop, at last [TEC]
titusonenine ^ | 10/29/2006

Posted on 10/29/2006 7:24:32 AM PST by sionnsar

After 12 votes and a daylong series of compromises, the Episcopalian Diocese of Tennessee elected a new bishop Saturday to lead 51 Midstate congregations through a period of division and turmoil.

The Rev. John Bauerschmidt, rector of Christ Church in Covington, La., will assume his new duties within 90 days, provided a majority of the country’s 96 dioceses approve.

It was the diocese’s fourth effort to elect a bishop this year as congregations statewide struggle with the issues of biblical authority over behavior, openly gay clergy and same-sex unions.

This time, there was a concerted effort among 128 lay people and 84 clergy to come together in a two-thirds majority and elect a new leader. In the end, Bauerschmidt was elected with 56 clergy votes and 93 votes from the laity.

Many changed their vote and wrestled with compromising their beliefs to elect Bauerschmidt, said the Rev. Jerry Smith, rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville.

“I’ve been watching the pain as they struggled through this issue again and wrestled every time they came to the ballot box,” Smith said. “Some made significant shifts in their votes from when they came here today.”

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TOPICS: Mainline Protestant

1 posted on 10/29/2006 7:24:34 AM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 10/29/2006 7:25:13 AM PST by sionnsar (††|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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"daylong series of compromises"

Wonder what the conservatives gave in on?

3 posted on 10/29/2006 8:15:57 AM PST by kalee
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