Above: Bishop Michael Curry speaks at Trinity Episcopal on Rally Day 2014. Photo by Amanda Caldwell Clendenin.
Bishop Curry One of Four Nominees for Presiding Bishop
The Rt. Reverend Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, is one of four nominees for election as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The nominations were released Friday, May 1.
“I pray for a Church passionately committed to making disciples who follow in the way of Jesus of Nazareth in the Episcopal tradition and who in so doing participate in the realization of the dream of God for this world. A church like that will really be a house of prayer for all people,” Curry wrote in his official nomination statement, published on the General Convention’s website.
“That church will proclaim the word of God with power, evangelize as much by listening as by sharing, embody hospitality with authenticity, serve, witness and prophecy deliverance in our local and global societies.”
Bishop Curry was named to his North Carolina post in 2000; prior to that, he was rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Baltimore. He has also served as rector at St. Simon of Cyrene in Lincoln Heights, OH and St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Winston-Salem, NC.
A powerful force and persistent voice for the Episcopal Church within our state, Curry, a Chicago native, received his bachelor’s degree at Hobart and William Smith College. He graduated with his masters of divinity from Yale, and has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, the Berkeley Divinity School, and Virginia Theological Seminary. Curry was the first African American bishop to lead a southern diocese.
Curry’s last visit to Trinity Episcopal came last fall, when he was on hand for our annual Rally Day festivities.
The other three nominees include the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal (Southern OH), the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas (CT), and the Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith (Southwest FL). Their biographies are available at generalconvention.org.