Chicago elects Jeffrey Lee

The Diocese of Chicago reports that the Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, from Medina, WA was elected as their twelfth bishop on the second ballot. His profile is here.

The Lead covered the nominations here.

Update. The Chicago Tribune:

“I am overwhelmed and grateful to God for the opportunity to come to such a great diocese,” Lee said by telephone. “In many ways, I believe Chicago reflects the face of the Episcopal Church in all its diversity. Rich and poor, urban and suburban, black and white, gay and straight . . . and I believe I’ve been called to be a bridge-builder and a reconciler.”

When asked about his stance on gays in the church, Lee said he supported full inclusion.

“I believe God is calling us to full inclusion of gays and lesbians in ministry of this church. . . . There is a place for everyone in the church, and the church has to catch up with God’s vision,” he said.

Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Rev. Kendall Harmon said, “The people in Chicago wanted the person who could function well in a large, diverse urban diocese. Jeffrey Lee came off as the best person.”

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