The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry’s message of love boosts Episcopal evangelism
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry’s message has resonated with many viewers and media sources
(excerpts from Episcopal News Service’s post on Boosting Episcopal Evangelism).
Many also noted his emphasis on applying the Christian faith and Jesus’ teachings to contemporary social justice issues, part of what Bishop Curry often calls the “Jesus Movement”. Bishop Curry didn’t shy away from such issues in his sermon, asking those gathered to “imagine a world where love is the way.”
Presiding Bishop Curry gave his own take on the wedding and his sermon during an appearance the next day on NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” The sermon took its cues from the Bible passages that the couple chose, though he also hopes the message resonates beyond the walls of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
“…it was a message for all of us, because all of us, no matter our political persuasion, no matter our social class, beyond all of that, we all are fundamentally children of God, and that means we’re part of God’s human family, if you will,” he told NPR. “It means that we must always find ways to better the human condition, find ways to make a world where there’s room and space for all of us.”
It also could create unique opportunities for evangelism by the Episcopal Church, and some congregations say they already are seeing a modest impact.
The Very Rev. Penny Bridges, Dean of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego, California, said in an email “There was a very positive buzz among the congregation yesterday too, and people reported getting messages from non-churchgoing friends who were curious.”
Proud day for Episcopalians to have our leader represent the heart of our faith on such a visible stage #ProudEpiscopalian @iamepiscopalian
About The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.
He held church posts in North Carolina, Ohio and Maryland before being consecrated as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 2000.
Bishop Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015. He was elected to a nine-year term and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015.