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Episcopal Church elects first black woman to lead diocese

Posted at 3:45 PM, Oct 29, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Episcopal Church has elected the first black woman to lead one of its dioceses.

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected Friday to head the Diocese of Indianapolis. The 1.8 million-member church has never before chosen a black woman as head of a diocese.

Baskerville-Burrows is currently the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago's director of networking. She will succeed Bishop Catherine M. Waynick, who is retiring.