Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry Leads ‘Reclaiming Jesus’ Movement Against Racism, Misogyny & Xenophobia

Less than one week after speaking at the royal wedding in England, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, along with a group of multiracial progressive faith leaders, led hundreds in a procession to the White House Thursday night to condemn racism, misogyny and the immorality of political leaders.

“We are not a partisan group. We are not a left-wing group. We are not a right-wing group. We are a Jesus movement,” Curry said during the prayer service at the Disciples of Christ national church. “We came together as Protestant, Catholic, evangelical. We came together — Republicans, Independents and Democrats. We came together — liberal and conservative and whatever is in the middle. We came together because what is uniting us together is Jesus of Nazareth.”

Curry was joined by prominent progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis, former Bill Clinton spiritual adviser Tony Campolo and about 20 other left-leaning Christian leaders crossing denominational lines in signing a declaration that was read in front of the gates of the White House lawn following a prayer service held at National City Church.

The declaration is titled “Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis” and comes in response to what the leaders say is a “time of moral and political crisis.”

“We are deeply concerned for the soul of our nation, but also for our churches and the integrity of our faith,” the declaration reads. “The present crisis calls us to go deeper — deeper into our relationship to God; deeper into our relationships with each other, especially across racial, ethnic, and national lines; deeper into our relationships with the most vulnerable, who are at greatest risk.”

The statement rejects the “resurgence of white nationalism and racism,” oppression based on “race, gender, identity, or class,” misogyny, sexual harassment, abuse of women, policies that “debase and abandon the most vulnerable children of God,” the “pattern of lying that is invading our political and civil life,” autocratic political leadership and “America First” policies.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks during a prayer service unveiling the new declaration “Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis” at the National City Church in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 2018. Curry is flanked by Sojourners founder Jim Wallis.

Curry asserted that the declaration, prayer service, procession through the streets of Washington, D.C. and ensuing candlelight vigil on Pennsylvania Avenue was not a “protest march.”

“This is a procession of Christian people,” he said. “This is what they did on Pentecost. This is a pentecostal moment.”

Wallis, the founder of the evangelical social justice organization Sojourners, told the packed church that too often “we see people bringing politics to faith.”

“Tonight, we are bringing faith to politics,” he said. “There is a difference.”

Wallis continued by stating that the procession and vigil is all about reclaiming the name of Jesus and assured that it was “not about Donald Trump.”

“So tonight, this is not about any other name,” Wallis said. “For the reporters out there, this is not about Donald Trump. It is about Jesus Christ.”

Following the prayer service, the crowd marched several blocks with a police escort to Lafayette Square, just across the street from the White House.

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Source: Christian Post