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St. John Lutheran offering live video feed of installation service for ELCA's new presiding bishop

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 12:14 pm

St. John Lutheran Church, 729 W. Washington Blvd ., will offer a live video feed beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday of the installation service for the new presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) denomination.

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton will be installed at a service taking place in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago in Chicago, which seats about 1,500 people, a news release said.

St. John will open its doors at 2:30 p.m. so people can enjoy the pre-service music, the news release said. The installation liturgy will include a diversity of music led by organ, piano, bagpipes, brass, choir, soloists, drum, guitar and more.

Parking is available in the St. John lot accessible from eastbound Jefferson Boulevard and southbound Van Buren Street.

The news release also provided this background on Eaton:

The ELCA's 2013 Churchwide Assembly elected Eaton as this denomination's fourth presiding bishop. She will serve a six-year term beginning Nov. 1.

Born in Cleveland on April 2, 1955, Eaton earned a bachelor's degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She earned a master's degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.

Ordained June 4, 1981, Eaton has served as assistant pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio; interim pastor of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, Ohio; and pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ashtabula, Ohio.

She was elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013.

Eaton is involved in a number of boards and committees. She is a board member of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital University, both based in Columbus, Ohio. She is a member of the Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee and the ELCA Conference of Bishops Executive Committee.

She also serves on the Conference of Bishops Domestic Ready Bench and serves in roles with the ELCA Malaria Campaign, the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, PORTICO Philosophy of Benefits Task Force, Ohio Council of Churches and Lutheran Planned Giving in Ohio.

Eaton’s husband, the Rev. T. Conrad Selnick, an Episcopal priest, is pastor of St. Christopher’s-by-the-River in Gates Mills, Ohio. They reside in Ashtabula and are parents of two adult daughters.