Greetings from Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry to the General Convention


Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (left) will step down after a nine year term in November. Presiding Bishop-Elect Bishop Michael Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina will be the first African American to hold that leadership role in The Episcopal Church.

And Q&A from his press conference on Saturday, June 27 where Bishop Curry introduced his wife Sharon, his younger daughter Elizabeth, his nephew, a woman from his church who help to raise him when his mother died when he was a child, his baby sister Sharon, and his long-time assistant Margo.

News stories about Bishop Curry in House of Deputies News and Episcopal News Service

On current Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori: “My respect for her is great and strong, deep and wide.”

On what he thinks will be important for the Episcopal Church to consider in the coming days: “The Episcopal Church can ‘be a positive and proactive voice in the public square on issues of poverty and a cluster of problem around racism.’ The religious community can help ‘find a positive way forward.'”

On whether or not he considers himself an Evangelical: “It will be interesting to see what terms are used to describe me.” [laughter] More seriously, “I am a follower of Jesus.”

On how he will work to reconcile the disparate wings of the Episcopal Church: Q: “The Spirit of God will make space for all of us. Time will tell” how that will play out.

On the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage and the revisions considered in the marriage liturgies at General Convention: “There’s a hymn that goes, ‘Where true love is found God himself is there.'” He continued, that the Church needs to be concerned with ‘how to make marriages more wholesome and fulsome for all. Well, we’ll know in a week.”


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2 responses to “Greetings from Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry to the General Convention

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  2. Mary Zwez

    So happy that the Episcopal Church has elected a new Bishop. I was thinking today if only the leaders of every church in every denomination can bring unification of the races. God is our only hope. May God Bless You and direct you in all your endeavours.