Episcopal Church elects Michael Curry first black presiding bishop

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Bishop Michael Curry led marchers through the streets to protest against gun violence as part of the Episcopal Church convention in Salt Lake City on June 28, 2015. Curry was elected as the first African-American presiding bishop during the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which is held every three years in different cities around the country. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Bishop Michael Curry led marchers through the streets to protest against gun violence as part of the Episcopal Church convention in Salt Lake City on June 28, 2015. Curry was elected as the first African-American presiding bishop during the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, which is held every three years in different cities around the country. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Urquhart *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-RUSSELL-COLUMN, originally transmitted on July 2, 2015 and RNS-CURRY-Q&A, originally transmitted on Oct. 28, 2015.

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SALT LAKE CITY– Curry said he envisioned a church committed to being part of the "Jesus movement." He said he would focus on evangelism and acts of service, along with a "churchwide spiritual revival."

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  • Greg1

    bqrq: the cross has been used to explain our Christian relationships: the crossbeam has been used to describe our relationship with our neighbor, and the upright post, our relationship with God. And sadly, most of the Protestant churches have removed the upright beam from the cross, and focus only on the crossbeam. They have discarded God Almighty, tossing the Trinity to the wayside, and instead have turned to secular humanism, embracing the world. I can only hope Our Lord is merciful on that last day. If people only knew how horrible that Day will be…

  • THANK GOD, ALMIGHTY !!!! At long last, we have the ideal man of God to lead us in this new century. Congratulations to Bishop Curry !!!

  • bqrq

    duncan,
    Why not take your mother to meet Curry? Perhaps he would practice for her what he preaches for other people’s children.

  • Susan

    He is talking about sexual relationships between mutually consenting adults

  • Greg1

    Susan, this is supposed to be a Christian man who is a leader in his church; his position on homosexuality is a worldly position, and not from God; these things only cause confusion to the faithful. What does the Bible say? : (1John 2:15-17): “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him…the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world…the one who does the will of God lives forever.” People in leadership positions in these various churches are going to be judged severely. Notice what Jesus says: “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!.” (Matt 18:6-7). Jesus said that those who cause destructive harm to children, should have a millstone tied around their neck, and tossed into the sea (v. 6).

  • Pianoman

    A worldly position? Have you not heard of the great commandment?

  • Pianoman

    Amen!

  • Pianoman

    I’ll happily take my mother to meet Bishop Curry!

  • Kirran

    Wonderful. Congratulations to Bishop Curry. The Episcopalians are a shining light within Christianity. I hope the Church of England over on this side of the pond catches up with them!

  • Kirran

    I honestly don’t quite understand how so many people can equate the anal rape of children with consensual sex between two adults of the same sex. For some reason, you seem to have an obsession with anal sex when it comes to homosexuals, but it’s worth pointing out here that half of all homosexuals are women, and they do not engage in what you describe as ‘sodomy’ and that many homosexual men also do not engage in it. Of course, if they do want to, that’s fine. Doesn’t do anybody any harm.

  • Greg1

    Yes Matthew 22:37-39 is clear that first and foremost, you will Love the Lord with everything you have in you, and secondly, you will love your neighbor as yourself. This is all to be done within the context of our charitable love and relationship with Almighty God. But when we throw out the first command, to honor the second, we become slaves to this world. Pianoman, if you had a friend who was severely addicted to drugs, would you go and buy some for him or her? If you said yes to that, then I can understand your position on gay marriage, but most of us would rather help that person turn away, rather than assist them to continue in their self destructive act.

  • Greg1

    A quick mention that Chapter 5 of Matthew is how we are to love our neighbor. It is far from just agreeing with every sin your neighbor wishes to commit.

  • bqrq

    The episcopalians exist for the purpose of pushing sexual immorality, hating God, hating families and hating other Christians.

  • Larry

    “It is far from just agreeing with every sin your neighbor wishes to commit.”

    Which is not in any part of scripture when referring to loving thy neighbor. Glad to see how Christians feel fit to amend the words of their own Lord and Savior to suit personal ends.

  • Kasey

    Matthew 19:11-12

  • Kasey

    We’re are you getting you information from? I’m not being rude. Just curious.

  • John C Swofford III

    God bless you but you are out of your mind and misinformed.

  • Greg1

    Larry, it’s not part of any Scripture? Ephesians 4: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26”

  • Ted

    Should we judge all straight men by the vast number who rape their daughters and kill their wives?

  • Ted

    Hate-fueled proof-texting, again. You are a Pharisee, not a Christian.

  • Larry

    Again not seeing, “Treat people who sin like crap” in that. I see a lot of “be less selfish and dishonest” in there. A bit of advice which would probably do you a world of good.

    You are trying to pretend that a “sin” which is not even described in the Bible except in the most self-serving interpretations means not loving God.

    So again, it appears you are trying to amend and tack on a meaning to Jesus’s command to love thy neighbor which is just not there. Way to undermine your Lord and savior, Greg1!

    But then again, only a delusional fool thinks religious belief has any basis in rational thought or accepts arguments based on facts. It is irrational self-validation at best. You will find in Scripture whatever will justify your existing ideas. I have zero illusions anyone will get through to you on this front because you will cough up any excuse to act like a hateful dillhole if you think God can excuse it.