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Washington National Cathedral picks new dean

Tuesday - 7/31/2012, 12:45pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A Michigan minister who was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s has been selected to serve as dean of the Washington National Cathedral.

The Washington Post ( http://tinyurl.com/bsxe64z) reports the Rev. Gary Hall will take over the second-highest post at the cathedral. Officials say Hall has the right background to take on the cathedral's missions and raise its profile.

Hall is a rector at Christ Church Cranbrook and chaplain of the Cranbook upper school in Bloomfield, Mich. He's taught English at University of California, Los Angeles, and served as dean of the Seabury-Western Theological seminary in Evanston, Ill.

Hall would be the 10th dean of the cathedral. His nomination must be approved by the cathedral's governing board, as well as the foundation that oversees several city Episcopal institutions.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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