Just minutes ago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elected a female to be that church body’s presiding bishop, Elizabeth Eaton.
I’m curious as to how this will affect ecumenical relations with other church bodies. I imagine it strengthens the ELCA’s ties with the Episcopal Church (ECUSA), which already has a female bishop in Katherine Jefferts-Schori. Interesting side note: Eaton is married to an Episcopal priest, Conrad Selnick.
I can’t see it doing anything to help relations with the Roman Catholic Church or other orthodox bodies like the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), which do not practice or allow female ordination to the pastoral office.
What is your take on this? How will this affect ecumenical relations with Rome going forward? Will the focus of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue change, or will different partner churches be sought? How will this affect relations with more-Confessional Lutheran bodies, or with greater Christendom, in general?