Episcopal Church Elects First Black Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry of North Carolina

 

 

Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina, smiles after being elected the Episcopal Church's first African-American presiding bishop at the Episcopal General Convention Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Curry won the vote in a landslide. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina, smiles after being elected the Episcopal Church’s first African-American presiding bishop at the Episcopal General Convention Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Curry won the vote in a landslide. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

who will complete her nine-year term on Nov. 1. She was the first female presiding bishop and the first woman to lead an Anglican national church.

Curry, 62, has been bishop of North Carolina since 2000. He is known for his emphasis on evangelism, public service and social justice.

“This is beautiful,” said Norberto “Bert” Jones, 65, a lay deputy and African American. “God works awesome wonders, man. We’re getting to that point of understanding that it’s not about color and culture, but what you bring to the table.”

The Episcopal Church has been trying to confront its history of racism. The church has asked dioceses to research their links to slavery because many Episcopalians were slaveholders whose donations were used to build churches, cathedrals and schools. In 2008, Jefferts Schori held a national service of repentance to apologize for the church’s complicity with slavery, segregation and racism.

Curry takes charge at a time when fewer Americans are formally affiliating with a particular religious group, contributing to steady membership declines in the Episcopal Church and other liberal Protestant groups.

Membership in the Episcopal Church has dropped by 18 percent over the last decade.

Next week, the convention will vote on eliminating gender-specific language from church laws on marriage so religious weddings can also be performed for same-sex couples. Clergy could decline to perform the ceremonies.

Source: The AP

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