The Jesus Movement at the 2017 International Black Clergy Conference
A reflection from the Rev. Alberta Buller
I was recently in Houston for the International Black Clergy Conference. I met deacons, priests, and bishops from all of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sudan, the Virgin Islands and many other countries. What an experience! Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry was here for the first two days of the conference. Since my ordination, June 11, 2016, this is actually the second time we’ve met. On his last night, in Houston, I served at table for our Holy Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral, alongside Presiding Bishop Curry and 3 other Bishops. It was truly and honor to always remember. I invite you to view Presiding Bishop Curry’s sermon here.
Being here with so many clergy and spending time with Presiding Bishop Curry has deepened my love for my call and has energized me for the work ahead at St. Francis of Assisi, Novato.
My favorite words from Presiding Bishop Curry were: “Jesus came to turn the world upside down, which is actually right side up.” We are called to bear witness to this Jesus by “radical invitation”, by inviting others in. Presiding Bishop Curry said that he is where he is because someone told him about Jesus. We are all people of faith because someone told us about Jesus. We are charged to go out into the world and do the same. Presiding Bishop Curry calls it, “The Jesus Movement.”
Every week, when we recite the Eucharistic prayer, we say these words: “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”
Imagine what our lives would be like if we had no faith, no knowledge of Jesus, no faith in God. How lost we would be. My friends, that is the world around us. Presiding Bishop Curry has invited us all to be a part of. “The Jesus Movement.” For inspiration, I recommend you read the book he wrote before he became Presiding Bishop, “Crazy Christians”. Bishop Curry says at the end of this sermon, people ought to see the love of God reflected in each and every one of us. Reflect that love. Be that light. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.” Amen.