At the Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention, held last month in Salt Lake City, UT, The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry was elected our 27th Presiding Bishop. On 1 November 2015, he will take over the leadership of the Church from current Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Katherine Jefforts Schori at a service of Installation and Seating to be held at the Cathedral Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Washington, DC. The term for a Presiding Bishop is nine years, during which he will make official visitations to almost every one of the 100 dioceses in our church, officiate at dozens of consecrations of new bishops and oversee the work of the next three General Conventions. His responsibilities include working with the Archbishops and Primates of Anglican churches around the globe, as well as meeting with ecumenical leaders here and abroad.
Bishop Curry is well known and much beloved in Maryland, having served as Rector of St. James’ Church, Lafayette Square, in Baltimore from 1988 to 2000, when he was elected Bishop of North Carolina. He is widely believed to be one of the best preachers, not only in the Episcopal Church but across American denominations. As such, he is frequently called on to keynote conferences such as the national “Festival of Homiletics” and the annual “Celebration of Biblical Preaching.”
Pictured on the right is Bishop Curry, preaching, with our own Bishop, The Right Reverend Eugene T. Sutton, standing to his right.
But wait … there’s more! +Michael was a Senior when Jan and I were Juniors at Yale Divinity School. Newly married that year, he still came back to the Black Seminarians suite, upstairs from my room in Brainerd House on the YDS quad. They used to practice their Sunday Sermons on Saturday nights, and soon a very large contingent was gathering each weekend at the bottom of the stairs to hear their extraordinary work. It was clear even in the late 1970’s that +Michael had a remarkable gift.
During the decade he served in Baltimore, we planned and schemed to do a “guerrilla” preaching mission to Buffalo, NY, where several of us had significant family connections – street corners, bibles and the whole nine yards. Most recently, he and I have hung out together at the “Celebration of Biblical Preaching” conferences each fall in St. Paul, MN.
No one wishes him more blessings or is offering more prayers than Jan and I are here in Bel Air.
Rector of Emmanuel Church