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Lesbian among finalists for US Episcopal diocese of Chicago

An openly lesbian priest, who lives with a female partner, is among the five nominees for bishop of the US (Anglican) Episcopal diocese of Chicago to replace William Persell, the outgoing bishop who plans to retire.

The Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland will be on the 10 November ballot. Lind, who has served at Trinity since 2000, is also a city planner and author.  Her ministry includes work for environmental justice, interfaith relations, sustainable urban planning, arts and culture, and the diversity of the Episcopal Church, according to the Trinity Cathedral Web page.

The announcement of her selection as a nominee came on 28 August. If elected, she would be the second bishop living with a same-sex partner in the Episcopal Church.

New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who has a male partner, was consecrated in 2003.

In September, US Episcopal bishops will meet to decide whether they will agree to Anglican demands that they unequivocally pledge by 30 September not to consecrate another openly homosexual bishop.

If the bishops decline, that decision is expected to further strain tensions within the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican communion.

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