New Bishop for New York

Last Saturday, the Convention of the Diocese of New York elected a new Suffragan (assistant) Bishop, the Rev. Allen Shin. Shin is rector of St. John’s Church in Huntington, Long Island.

Few people seem to have anticipated this result. Two of the women candidates had strong records of leadership within the diocese; the African-American male in the race also had impressive local credentials. In a diocese where identity politics have always played an important role, the selection of a Korean-American immigrant is surprising. One of the candidates was a lesbian, yet despite the gender and sexual politics of recent years, a straight male was elected–and the gay issue was not mentioned publicly the entire day.

Maybe the diocese is pulling back from the divisive issues of the past. Or, maybe, diversity has become the new normal, and we New York Episcopalians are growing up. —J. Douglas Ousley

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