“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.” So said The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, in his sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle, now Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Bishop Curry’s wedding sermon was hailed by many as “radical,” but Episcopalians who are familiar with his preaching style found it completely consistent with the message Bishop Curry promotes in every venue he visits. Love, inclusion, and the need to follow Jesus’s commands to love your neighbor not just in theory but also in practice are typical themes for the bishop and for the church.
Curry’s enthusiasm and abiding faith that the world can be renewed when all people learn to love one another as much as themselves can be found here at Grace, where we demonstrate our commitment to Episcopal principles in our Mission Statement, “Working together to welcome, support, and serve all God’s people.” Curry visited with some of Grace’s members last year and Rev. Deb has long been an admirer of Bishop Curry. In a recent sermon, she said, “God is a God of connection not separation. God is a God of justice, not discrimination. God is a God of generosity, not greed. God [sometimes asks us] to put aside rules that encourage prejudice and inequity and share the impartial and boundless love that we experience in [our] relationship with Jesus the Christ.”
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