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The Episcopal Church Episcopal Church, Anglican church of the United States. Its separate existence as an American ecclesiastical body with its own episcopate began in 1789. Doctrine and Organization
 in the United States announced on Jan. 25 that four bishops have been nominated for the position of presiding bishop, including the first female nominee. Conservative groups protested the fact that three of the four voted to approve the election three years ago of Gene Robinson to the episcopacy episcopacy

System of church government by bishops. It existed as early as the 2nd century AD, when bishops were chosen to oversee preaching and worship within a specific region, now called a diocese.
 of New Hampshire--the church's first openly-gay bishop.

The nominees are: Bishop Neil Alexander, 52, of the diocese of Atlanta, a former professor at the University of the South with a special interest in music and liturgy; Bishop Edwin Gulick, 57, of Kentucky, a co-chair of the Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue (U.S.A.); Bishop Henry Parsley, Jr., 57, of Alabama, who is active in many outreach ministries, including Episcopal Relief and Development, and Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Katharine Jefferts Schori, D.D., Ph.D. (born March 26, 1954 in Pensacola, Florida) is the Presiding Bishop of Episcopal Church in the United States of America. She is the first woman elected primate in the Anglican Communion. , 51, of Nevada, an instrument-rated pilot, author and member of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

Bishop Parsley is the only candidate who voted against Bishop Robinson's election. The conservative American Anglican Council The American Anglican Council is an organization which exists to allow theologically conservative members of the Episcopal Church in the United States to network with one another.  said in a statement it is "deeply disturbed that the list of nominees does not include any candidate who is representative of orthodox Anglicanism." However, Rev. Joe Reynolds, dean of Christ Church Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral is the name of the Anglican Cathedral in several cities around the world, including the following: In Australia
  • Grafton, New South Wales http://www.graftoncathedral.org.au/
  • Newcastle, New South Wales http://www.newcastlecathedral.org.
 in Houston, told the Houston Chronicle that the nominees "represent the moderate mainstream of the Episcopal Church" and are "all solid folks."

The U.S. church's next primate will be elected on June 18, during the church's triennial tri·en·ni·al  
adj.
1. Occurring every third year.

2. Lasting three years.

n.
1. A third anniversary.

2. A ceremony or celebration occurring every three years.
 General Convention, to be held in Columbus, Ohio from June 10 to 21. He or she will succeed Bishop Frank Griswold, whose nine-year term ends this year.

The nominees were chosen by a 29-member committee that included bishops, clergy and lay persons.
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