The Diocese of Chicago has elected the Reverend Jeffrey Lee as its 10th bishop. Lee was elected on the 2nd ballot. To learn a little more about Bishop-elect Lee I commend his welcome letter -- "Practicing the Hospitality of God" -- on the "About Us" page of his parish website.
Episcopal Life Online has this report and Integrity has issued the following statement:
Integrity congratulates Jeffrey Lee on his election as the next Bishop of Chicago. "We look forward to working with Bishop-elect Lee in continuing Chicago's long history of working for the full-inclusion of the LGBT faithful in the life and witness of the diocese," said the Rev. Susan Russell, President of Integrity.
"Integrity also commends the Search Committee of the Diocese of Chicago for including the Very Rev. Lind as a candidate despite the chilling effects of Resolution B033-and Dean Lind herself for standing for election in spite of the House of Bishops' recent statement in New Orleans," continued Russell.
"We may never know how significant a factor Resolution B033 was in the outcome of the Chicago election. However, we do know that Resolution B033 is noncanonical and discriminatory. Two dioceses -- California and Rochester --have already passed resolutions to General Convention 2009 that will nullify B033. We strongly urge all bishops and deputies to support such resolutions and their intent to end B033's inequity when we get to General Convention 2009 in Anaheim."