Bishop Curry’s Message of Love Reverberates Around the World

Posted on May 22, 2018

Hip hip hooray (as the British would say) for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and his electrifying royal wedding sermon on the redemptive power of love!

With so much news about this symbolic, inspiring, and wonderfully jaw-dropping moment in history, the Communications Working Group is hard-pressed to choose which articles to share with you, so here are three broadcast interviews (with Bishop Curry himself!) that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did:

Royal Wedding Address Echoes DioCal EcoJustice Sermon

It comes as no surprise to many in the Episcopal Church that Bishop Curry “blew the place open,” as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby so aptly described the reaction in St. George’s Chapel. Remember Bishop Curry’s EcoJustice sermon at Grace Cathedral last year, on May 19, 2017 (exactly one year to the day of the royal wedding)? That day, in his characteristically impassioned style, Bishop Curry ministered to the people of our diocese about God’s love for the earth and all its creatures. “We’re here because the environment – no the Creation! – is part of the family of God,” he told the rapt crowd.

As he did in his royal wedding sermon, Bishop Curry bolstered his EcoJustice remarks with the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the lyrics of the old African American spiritual, “There is a Balm in Gilead”.  And, just as St. George’s Chapel echoed with laughter when Bishop Curry interrupted himself to assure Harry and Meghan, “We’re going to sit down. We gotta get y’all married,” Grace Cathedral roared when he exclaimed mid-sermon, “Well, stay with me church, I’m coming to a point!“

Bishop Marc Introduces BBC Listeners to Bishop Curry

In the days leading up to the wedding, journalists scrambled to learn about Bishop Curry and get a sense of what he might say in his sermon. On BBC Radio’s “5 Live Breakfast” program, our own Bishop Marc gave listeners a spot-on preview:

“He cares deeply about racial reconciliation,” Bishop Marc told anchor Rachel Burden. “He wrote his senior thesis as an undergraduate on Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Bishop Marc also described Bishop Curry as a “major intellectual” and an “incandescent preacher” who uses his voice and body to convey the power of his message.

You can hear that interview here at the 45-minute mark.

BBC Asks Bishop Marc for Post-Wedding Insights

Then came the now-famous wedding sermon, and BBC called Bishop Marc again with even more questions and a palpable sense of excitement.

“What you get with Michael Curry is his authentic self,” Bishop Marc said. “(He) lets the love of God that he feels in his life out so that everyone else can experience it too. And it’s his belief that, no matter what enslaves a person or a community or imprisons us, that this love of God, this Jesus Movement where people follow the way of love, can actually set people free.”

You can hear Bishop Marc’s post-wedding interview here, beginning at about three minutes and forty seconds from the start of the program. The DioCal staff loved it (check out our Instagram video), and we’ll bet you will, too!

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