‘A child of God like everyone else’ makes history in the Episcopal Diocese

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: May 05, 2019 1:57 PM CT | Published: May 05, 2019 12:31 PM CT
David Waters
Special to the Daily Memphian

David Waters

David Waters is Distinguished Journalist in Residence and assistant director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.

Phoebe Roaf didn't see a woman wearing a clergy collar until she was in her 20s, and didn't wear one herself until she was 41. On Saturday, she became the first female and African-American to serve as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.

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