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Minneapolis-area Lutherans elect Minnesota's first female bishop

The majority of Lutheran representatives attending an annual assembly Saturday afternoon voted to install Ann Svennungsen as the new bishop of the ELCA's Minneapolis synod. The Star Tribune reports Svennungsen is currently an interim college pastor at St. Olaf College in Northfield. She will now lead the nation's largest Lutheran synod.
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The majority of Lutheran representatives attending an annual assembly Saturday afternoon voted to install Ann Svennungsen as the new bishop of the ELCA's Minneapolis synod. The Star Tribune reports Svennungsen is currently an interim college pastor at St. Olaf College in Northfield. She will now lead the nation's largest Lutheran synod.

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