A wonderful video where Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers a Word to the Church.
And The Top Ten Things You are Likely to Hear in a Michael Curry Sermon:
(Assembled by the Diocese of North Carolina Standing Committee and presented at a reception held for the new PB in D.C. the night before the installation.)
10: “This morning I lift my text from…
EVERYONE: Anywhere but today’s propers!”
9: “Now bear with me, I’m going somewhere with this!”
8: “God didn’t put you on this earth just to use up oxygen!”
7: “I’m not going to be up here long”
6: “If you’re breathing, God’s calling”
5: “We have a God! And that God raised Jesus from the dead.”
EVERYONE: “I don’t know how he did it, but he did!”
4: “When Israel was in Egypt land,”
Everyone (singing): LET MY PEOPLE GO!
3: “One more thing and then I’m going to sit down.”
2: “There is a balm in Gilead…”
And the Number one thing you are likely to hear in a Michael Curry sermon:
Video of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at his installation as the 27th Presiding Bishop. “God is not finished with the Episcopal Church yet!” Well worth a listen. Posted by the Episcopal News Service.
In a 10-minute video interview with the Episcopal News Service, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori reflects on her nine-year term in office that began Nov. 1, 2006. She discusses her vision of the reign of God on earth, her hopes for The Episcopal Church, what it has been like to be the first woman to hold the office of presiding bishop and primate, how she has been inspired and where she has found solace. Posted by the Epsicopal News Service.
The video below is of the sermon Presiding Bishop-Elect the Rt. Rev. Micheal Curry gave August 17th, 2015, in the courthouse during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration for Jonathan Myrick Daniels–an Episcopal seminarian who was slain in Hayneville, AL on August 20, 1965 while working for civil rights.
About Jonathan Myrick Daniels (exerted from Wikipedia):
Jonathan Myrick Daniels was an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist. In 1965 he was murdered in Hayneville, Alabama while in the act of saving a young woman civil rights activist. They both were working in the Civil Rights Movement in Lowndes County. Daniels’ death generated further support for the Civil Rights Movement.
In March 1965, Daniels answered the call of Dr. Martin Luther King, who recruited students and clergy to join the movement in Selma, Alabama, to take part in the march for voting rights from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery. Daniels and several other seminary students left for Alabama on Thursday, intending to stay the weekend. After Daniels and friend Judith Upham missed the bus home, they had second thoughts about their short stay. The two returned to the seminary just long enough to request permission to spend the rest of the semester working in Selma, where they would also study on their own and return at the end of the term to take exams.
In Selma Daniels stayed with the Wests, a local African-American family. During the next months, Daniels worked to integrate the local Episcopal church by taking groups of young African Americans to the church. The church members were not welcoming. In May, Daniels returned to the seminary to take his semester exams and passed.
Daniels returned to Alabama in July to continue his work. He helped assemble a list of federal, state, and local agencies that could provide assistance for those in need. He also tutored children, helped poor locals apply for aid, and worked to register voters. That summer, on August 2, 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act which would provide broad federal oversight and enforcement of the constitutional right.
On August 14, 1965, Daniels was one of a group of 29 protesters, including members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), who went to Fort Deposit, Alabama to picket its whites-only stores. All of the protesters were arrested and taken to jail in the nearby town of Hayneville. The police released five juvenile protesters the next day. The rest of the group was held for six days; they refused to accept bail unless everyone was bailed.
Finally, on August 20, the prisoners were released without transport back to Fort Deposit. After release, the group waited near the courthouse jail while one of their members called for transport. Daniels with three others—a white Catholic priest and two black female activists—walked to buy a cold soft drink at nearby Varner’s Cash Store, one of the few local places to serve non-whites. But barring the front was Tom L. Coleman, an unpaid special deputy who was holding a shotgun and had a pistol in a holster. Coleman threatened the group and leveled his gun at seventeen-year-old Ruby Sales. Daniels pushed Sales down and caught the full blast of the shotgun. He was instantly killed. Father Richard F. Morrisroe grabbed activist Joyce Bailey and ran with her. Coleman shot Morrisroe, severely wounding him in the lower back, and then stopped firing.
A grand jury indicted Coleman for manslaughter. Richmond Flowers, Sr., the Attorney General of Alabama, believed the charge should have been murder and intervened in the prosecution, but was thwarted by the trial judge. Coleman claimed self-defense and was acquitted of manslaughter charges by an all-white jury.
The murder of an educated, white seminarian who was defending an unarmed teenage girl shocked members of the Episcopal Church and other whites into facing the reality of racial inequality in the South. Other members worked to continue the civil rights movement and work for social justice. Upon learning of Daniels’ murder, Martin Luther King, Jr. stated that “one of the most heroic Christian deeds of which I have heard in my entire ministry was performed by Jonathan Daniels”. In 1991 Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal church, and is recognized annually. Ruby Sales went on to attend Episcopal Theological School (now Episcopal Divinity School). She works as a human rights advocate in Washington, D.C. and founded an inner-city mission dedicated to Daniels.
Bishop Sean and Dean Tony Pompa from the Diocese of Bethlehem share their experiences of the election of Bishop Michael Curry as the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Reprinted from the House of Deputy News
Bishop Michael Bruce Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina has been elected and confirmed as the next presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Curry, who will be the first African American to lead the church, was elected on the first ballot with 121 of 174 votes.
The news was announced to more than 850 members of the church’s House of Deputies and perhaps 200 observes shortly before 2 p. m. The election was greeted with sustained applause and song.
When Curry entered the hall later in the afternoon, deputies greeted him and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori by singing “We are one together, yo, yo, yo,” a song composed by the Rev. Lester Mackenzie, a South African native who is chaplain to House of Deputies.
The house had delayed its afternoon recess and Curry’s first words were: “Oh God love you, I know you haven’t had lunch, so no sermons now.”
The presiding-bishop elect, who will assume his duties on November 1, spoke of his love for the church. “This is the church where I learned about Jesus,” he said. “My grandmother used to say, ‘We have a good God,” and we do.
“We’ve got a society with challenges around us. … But nothing can stop the movement of God’s love in the world.”
Curry, 62, will become the first African American bishop to lead the church. He has served churches in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Lincoln Heights, Ohio, and was rector of St. James Church in Baltimore when he was elected bishop in 2000.
Curry is known as a dynamic preacher. At the church’s General Convention in 2012 he delivered a stirring sermon urging Episcopalians to become Crazy Christians. The sermon spawned a book of the same title in which Curry wrote: “We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God— like Jesus. Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness.”
In 2013, Curry supported the moral Monday movement in his state, which included numerous Episcopal clergy. He told Sharon Sheridan of Episcopal News Service: “There was a legislative agenda that was being enacted in the General Assembly that was disproportionately impacting the poor, the elderly, the vulnerable, and potentially disenfranchising even some voters. So what could have been seen as simply politics as usual became much more a matter of public morality.”
Curry allows his clergy to bless same-sex relationships. In October 2014 he released “Pastotal Policies and Guidelines for the Solemnization and Blessing of the Marriage of Same-Sex Couples.” In a preface to the guidelines he wrote: “deep wrestling with the Holy Scriptures … led me, over time, to the conviction that the lives of faithful disciples of Jesus who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered bear witness to the love of God that has been revealed in Jesus, and they can be models of holiness and sanctity of life and relationships. This led me to affirm that the Church can and should bless the unions of Christian same-sex couples as well as expand the discernment processes leading to ordination to include gay and lesbian persons who may be in covenanted, lifelong unions.”
Curry has also urged his state’s legislature not to weaken the state’s gun safety laws in an op-ed article co-written with Bishop Anne Hodges Copple for the Charlotte Observer. “Too much of the daily work of leaders of all faiths and denominations across North Carolina is helping grieving parishioners cope with loss in the wake of gun violence, and too much of our daily work is presiding over funerals of young people shot to death with guns that made their way into the wrong hands,” they wrote.
Curry, who had surgery for colon cancer in November, was born in Chicago attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, in 1975. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School.
Curry and his wife, Sharon, have two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.