As many of you know, on June 27 the General Convention of the Episcopal Church Elected Bishop Michael Curry as our new Presiding Bishop. His term will begin November 1 and is 9 years long.
Bishop Curry said many wonderful things upon his election. Many of you may have already read the press release following his election. However, Bishop Curry loves the Church and believes in its mission- a mission we all share together. Therefore, some of the important aspects of what he said should be mentioned specifically:
“It really is a blessing and privilege to serve our Lord in this way…
we are God’s children.”
It is quite amazing that our Church has made groundbreaking decisions twice in the last two elections. First through our election of Katherine Jefferts Schori as the first woman Presiding Bishop. And now, Bishop Curry as the first African American Presiding Bishop. Bishop Curry, however does not make distinctions about these historic elections, he simply loves our Church as a whole:
“This is a good and wonderful Church and we are a good and
wonderful people and I thank God to be one of the baptized
Bishop Curry brings much to our Church as having lead many programs for families and children specifically in his tenure as Bishop of North Carolina. His wisdom will help all of us continue our works as a Church here at Advent, as we move forward with our new family and children’s programs. He also has a sense of what we all need as Parishioners and believes in much of what we are working to accomplish here at Advent:
“After formation, there’s evangelism and I know sometimes
folks are afraid of that word, but I’m not talking about
evangelism as other folk do it. I am talking about the
evangelism that is as much listening as it is sharing. Being present
and listening to that person is a ‘transforming
possibility’ of invitation and welcome”
Bishop Curry will be a very positive influence as our Church as a whole. This is an exciting time to participate, listen, and watch what is happening in our world and decide how we want to be a part of it. Let us continue to pray for Bishop Curry and for our own Church leadership as we all work to listen and try to experience the ‘transforming possibility’ in our community together!
Yours in Christ,
George James (Rectors Warden)
Chris Pepe (Finance Warden)
Bryan Bente (Peoples Warden)
Collis Townsend (Development Warden)
Elizabeth Curtis Swain
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