If you tuned into the royal wedding this past weekend, you probably noticed that a few things strayed from “tradition”—including the sermon given by Bishop Michael B. Curry, the first African American to serve as presiding bishop for the Episcopal Church in the United States. Curry stole the show, so to speak, at the recent nuptials—touching on civil rights and quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. He focused on change and the power it takes to do so—something that the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Sussex connected on upon first meeting. Curry expressed, “There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There’s power in love to show us the way to live […] I’m talking about some power, real power, power to change the world.”
But just who is Bishop Michael B. Curry? Born in Chicago, he earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from Yale University in 1978 before being ordained as a deacon and priest that same year. In 2000, he was elected as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, before becoming presiding bishop in 2015. Curry has always been active in speaking out about social injustice—often highlighting immigration policy and marriage equality.
Hoping to stir up new interest in the church, Curry launched a series of revival tours that will culminate in July 2018. As part of his mission to renew the faith of Christians, as well as invite more people to join the church, he published a book titled Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus. Its pages are filled with inspiring sermons that explore what it means to make a difference, and encourages all of us to go out and change the world on our own.
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