The congregation turns to greet the processional cross, which was followed by the presiding ministers, preacher, assisting ministers and director of liturgy. Prior to the rite of installation, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson served as presiding minister. After the rite of installation, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton served as presiding minister.
Mark S. Hanson, presiding minister, (center right) addresses the assembly during the welcome of the presiding bishop-elect. Yolanda Tanner, vice president of the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod (center left) is the assisting minister.
Joelle Colville-Hanson, an ELCA pastor, (left) and Anita Tubben-Nueztmen hold service folders from the service of Holy Communion and the Installation of the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA. Joelle and Anita are regular feature bloggers for Living Lutheran.com.
Vested in red and white, the ELCA Conference of Bishops is an advisory body of the church. The conference includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary.
Susan Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and vice president of the North American Region of The Lutheran World Federation, took part in a laying on of hands over ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton.
“The office of presiding bishop is now committed to you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” — Presiding Minister Mark S. Hanson
Elizabeth A. Eaton is formally presented as ELCA presiding bishop.
T. Conrad Selnick, priest of St. Christopher’s by the River Episcopal Church in Gates Mill, Ohio, reads the Gospel — Mark 4:1-9. Conrad is also the husband of ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton.
Jessica Crist, bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod and chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops, preached the sermon.
Elizabeth A. Eaton (left), ELCA presiding bishop, served as presiding minister after the rite of installation.
John H. Evans is the pastor who confirmed Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton when she was 12. John, now 93, is retired and traveled from Lakewood, Ohio, to attend the installation. He also delivered the prayer before the evening banquet in honor of Eaton.
The first three female synodical bishops of the ELCA pose with with Presidng Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton. From left to right, Margaret Payne, former bishop of ELCA New England Synod; Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, former bishop of the ELCA South Dakota Synod; Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton; and April Ulring Larson, former bishop of the ELCA La Crosse Area Synod. Larson was the first female synodical bishop; she was installed on Oct. 11, 1992.