My soul is singing the happy, celebratory Ewok song today, because the denomination in which I grew up, the Wesleyan church, has just ELECTED ITS FIRST WOMAN GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT IN HISTORY. Now, if women were normally even district superintendents, or shoot, even pastors, that might be slightly more expected. But there are few women pastors in the church - my mother being one of them - and no more than five district superintendents who are female, and there have never been any women who served as a general superintendent. There are only three general superintendents total, overseeing all the abovementioned. To compare it to the United Methodists, general superintendents would be like Super-Bishops.
Meet Dr. JoAnne Lyon:
(Break out into robust song)
AND I'M PROOOUD TO BE AN AMERICAAAAN...
And I never even SING that song because Lee Greenwood ran it into the ground about three millenia ago.
So, I return to the happy ewok drums echoing in the forest. You can hear them here.