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First female bishop of Northern California elected

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For the first time, the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California elected a woman - The Reverend Canon Megan M. Traquair - as its bishop.
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The Reverend Canon Megan M. Traquair was elected the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California at the diocese’s Special Electing Convention in February.

Bishop-Elect Megan is the first woman to be elected as bishop, selected from the first slate to ever include female candidates in the diocese of Northern California.

Rev. Canon Megan was elected on the third ballot with a vote of 151 lay delegates and 85 clergy. To be elected required a majority of both orders on the same ballot. The other candidates were The Rev. Matthew D. Cowden, The Rev. Christopher Brooke Craun, The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin and The Rev. Randall R. Warren.

Rev. Canon Megan is currently Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Arizona. Her husband Philip is a pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They have been partners and best friends as well as parents. They have two children: Hannah who teaches high school in Tucson, and Benjamin, who is an engineer in Colorado.

Notified of the election results, Megan said, “It is with joy and gratitude that I accept your call to serve as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese Northern California. I thank the Search, Transition and Standing Committees for their careful preparations and loving-kindness during these months. Dozens of your leaders put in sacrificial amounts of time and energy to help the Diocese arrive at a common mind in Christ. I am grateful. You are all — members, clergy and churches — very much in my prayers. Philip and I are excited to make our home with you in Northern California. This summer, by the grace of God, we will begin to practice the Jesus Movement together — in faith, reconciliation and service.”

Bishop Barry L. Beisner said, “As one who deeply loves this Diocese, I am personally most grateful to all five candidates for their faithful participation in this very demanding process. By making themselves available to the Holy Spirit in this way, they have given us a great gift. May they all be blessed. I ask all the people of God to join me in praying God’s blessing upon The Rev. Canon Megan Traquair, our Bishop-Elect. God strengthen and sustain her in this time of profound transition to new ministry, and to an exciting opportunity to serve our Lord in Northern California.”

Providing the Standing Committee receives the consents from a majority of the bishops of the Church and a majority of the Standing Committees of the dioceses, the consecration is scheduled for June 29, 2019 at the Mondavi Center in Davis.


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