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On May 25, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry leads the Thy Kingdom Come videos for the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Thy Kingdom Come is a campaign initiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby calling for prayer by individuals, congregations and families.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day – May 25 - and Pentecost – June 4 - for more people to come to know Jesus.  #ThyKingdomCome

Presiding Bishop Curry’s video is here

A new inspirational video message featuring a different religious leader each day will be presented throughout Thy Kingdom Come.

 

May 25 #ToJesus The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church

May 26 #Praise His Eminence Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna

May 27 #Thanks The Most Rev Paul Kwong, Archbishop of Hong Kong

May 28 #Sorry The Venerable Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, London

May 29 #Offer The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Bishop of Cuba

May 30 #PrayFor The Most. Rev. Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate, the Anglican Church of Canada

May 31 #Help The Most Rev John Sentamu, Archbishop of York and Primate of England

June 1 #Adore The Rev. Roger Walton, President, British Methodist Conference

June 2 #Celebrate His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop, the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom

June 3 #Silence Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE, the Society of St. John the Evangelist

June 4 #ThyKingdomCome The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England

 

All videos will be available here 

 

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A wide selection of resources and information are available to participate in many ways in Thy Kingdom Come:

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  • Thy Kingdom Come here
  • Prayer resources that can be downloaded at no fee are here
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  • #ThyKingdomCome
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On May 25, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry leads the Thy Kingdom Come videos for the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Thy Kingdom Come is a campaign initiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby calling for prayer

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry presented the following sermon at a special liturgy at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-A-Prince Haiti.

 

Sermon on the Occasion of the Liturgical Signing of Covenant of Reconciliation

 

The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry

Tuesday, May 23

 

"Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”"

Matthew 28:16-20

 

My brothers and sisters, I greet you, in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I likewise bring you the greetings of your brothers and sisters in Christ who are, with you, the Episcopal Church, or, better yet, the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

I give our God thanks for you, for the faithful ministries of clergy and lay people here. For you the clergy of this diocese, for the people of the churches, parishes and missions, for all of the schools which educate new generations of children, for clinics and hospitals which care for the sick, for ministries like St. Vincent's School for the Handicapped, the Center for Agriculture of St. Barnabas, the Music School of Holy Trinity, for the ministries you and many share with groups like Episcopal Relief and Development, Fresh Ministries, Food for the Poor, Heifer International, Episcopal University of Haiti, and many, many more.

But I want to add a special word of thanks and thanksgiving to Almighty God. In the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew chapters 5-7, the Lord Jesus taught us that the way of love is often realized in our willingness to go the second mile, sometimes when it hurts. The way of love, Jesus taught us, is the way of the cross, willingness to sacrifice self-interest, and even self, for the good of others.  That is the way of Jesus. And he is our Lord! And we are his followers, his disciples.

And you,

the Reverend Clergy of this blessed Diocese,

you, the Standing Committee,

you, Chancellors and other clergy and lay leaders of the Church here,

and especially you, my beloved brother bishops,

Bishop Zache Duracin, Bishop Oge Beauvoir,

you in this Covenant have been willing to go the extra mile, as Jesus taught us.

For the good of the people, for the good of the nation and for the good of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti.

You have sacrificed self-interest for the good of all.

You have been willing to begin the hard and difficult work of healing.

You have been willing through this Covenant to open the way that leads to reconciliation.

 

I thank you. And to God be the glory!

It was on the cross, as he was dying, that our Lord Jesus forgave even those who had tortured and crucified him. "Father, forgive them. They know not what they do." Our beloved brother, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, has shown us that Jesus teaches us from the cross that forgiveness is the way to a new future. He says that without forgiveness there is no future.

Mutual forgiveness and repentance, healing and reconciliation are hard work and they often take time. Healing and reconciliation do not happen quickly. But it happens, if we are willing, to allow God’s grace to work in us, for God's grace is sufficient. God is able.

And through this Covenant we -- Bishop Duracin, Bishop Beauvoir, the Standing Committee, the Reverend Clergy, and I, as your Presiding Bishop -- all of us together, we take this step in which we each repent for any way we have hurt each other,  we take a step toward mutual forgiveness, a step toward God's healing, a step toward reconciliation through the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. This I commit to do, and I pray and believe you join me in that.

Now we are not perfect. We will make mistakes along the way. But if we press on, following this way of Jesus, walking together, upholding each other, we will make it because God’s power, working in us can do more than we can ask or imagine.  And this world needs our witness.  People need to know the power of God to heal, to forgive, to reconcile and rebuild. People need to know the power of our faith as we press on toward the Kingdom of God.

As St. Paul said in Philippians.

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

 

So why does this matter? To Haiti? To the world? Pay attention to the roots, the source, the origin. The key is always there, in the roots.

I recently went on a pilgrimage to Ghana in West Africa. I've been to Ghana before, but I had not been to the slave camps, or to the castles where newly captured people, imprisoned and then boarded on ships for sale and slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean.

At the site of the slave camps, evidence of what happened there is still visible. Bowls for food chiseled in the rock, by the slaves, hundreds of years ago, are still there. Water wells dug in the ground, are still there. Burial grounds for those who died are still there. In the oral tradition of our ancestors who told the story of what happened there, passing the story down from generation to generation, you can see and hear the cries of our African forbearers, longing to breathe free.

And then there were the trees standing in the field surrounding the slave camps. People were tied to those trees at night. Those trees saw it all. Those trees, still there, are witnesses to what happened. Those trees, like the tree that became a cross, bear witness.

One of the trees, on which undoubtedly hundreds of enslaved people were tied had a root system underneath it, the likes of which I have never seen. The roots above the soil were large and thick. And you could see them digging down into the soil where the minerals and sources of life are to be found. The roots of the tree are the key to the life of the tree.

The prophet Jeremiah said it this way:

 

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,

whose trust is the Lord.

They shall be like a tree planted by water,

sending out its roots by the stream.

It shall not fear when heat comes,

and its leaves shall stay green;

in the year of drought it is not anxious,

and it does not cease to bear fruit.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

The roots of that old African tree are the keys to its life. The roots of this Diocese will be the keys to its life and future. And the roots of this Diocese are in Jesus Christ who said:

"Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing."

John 15:4-5

 

Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and risen from the dead, he is the root, he and his way are the keys to the future of the Diocese of Haiti and to the entire Episcopal Church.  Jesus is the root which anchors us when the storms of life threaten to tear us down.

So why does this work of reconciliation, this covenant, matter? It's all about that roots. The roots of that old African tree are the keys to its life. The roots of this Diocese will be the keys to its life and future.

When I met with the Bishop and Standing Committee last summer, we met in the conference room of Diocesan House. When I sat down in my seat I happened to look across the room. There, on the wall, was the famous portrait of Bishop James Theodore Holly, first Bishop of this Diocese.

When I saw that portrait it brought to mind a deep childhood memory. My father was an Episcopal priest. And like many priests of African descent in the Episcopal Church in those days, he had copies of the books of Father George Freeman Bragg, Jr.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Dr. Bragg, the Rector of St. James' Baltimore, chronicled the history of sons and daughters of Africa in the Episcopal Church.

When I was a child I use to play in my father's study. And I remember thumbing through his books. One of the pictures and biographies was that picture of Bishop James Theodore Holly. I've been seeing that picture of him since I was a very little child. And he has long been a hero to me.

Still longer, Bishop Holly is a hero and saint here, now one of the saints and worthies on the official calendar of our Episcopal Church.  One whose witness to the strength of Jesus, and whose hope in a new future for the people of this beautiful island still nurtures the growth of this diocese and also the Episcopal Church itself.

Soon after Bishop Holly left the United States and moved here, 43 members of the group who immigrated with the Bishop died from yellow fever and malaria, including his wife and some of his children. But he and others stayed. Bishop Holly loved Haiti, and the government eventually made him a Haitian citizen. And he is buried here in Haiti.

At some point in his ministry Bishop Holly returned to the United States to raise funds and gather support in the wider Episcopal Church for the Church in Haiti. In one lecture he made the case for their continuing to financially support the work. The title of the lecture was, "A Vindication of the Capacity of the Negro Race for Self-Government, and Civilized Progress as Demonstrated by Historical Events of the Haitian Revolution."

He reminded his audience that under the leadership of Toussaint L’ Overture the people of Haiti, brought here as slaves had done something incredible. In the American Revolution, most of the American colonists had at least some semblance of freedom before the American Revolution. They were colonists, not slaves.  But the Haitian Revolution was a revolution of people who were slaves. And like the Hebrews under Moses in the Bible, they sought and won their freedom.

Bishop Holly said it this way:

The revolution in Haiti “is one of the noblest, grandest, and most justifiable outbursts against tyrannical oppression that is recorded on the pages of the world's history.

A race of almost dehumanized men -- made so by an oppressive slavery of three centuries -- arose from their slumber of ages, and redressed their own unparalleled wrongs with a terrible hand in the name of God and humanity."

"In the name of God and humanity." There in that voice, there in those words, there in the spirit of James Theodore Holly who lived for this Church and this land, there are the roots of this diocese.

The roots of this diocese are in Bishop Holly's fervent desire that the loving, liberating and life giving Gospel of Jesus Christ should be proclaimed among the descendants of Africa here in Haiti.

The roots of this Diocese are in Bishop Holly's passionate conviction that following the way of Jesus the Church here might help the people and nation of Haiti to rise up and to claim the high calling among the nations of the earth.

But ultimately the roots of this Diocese are in the one of whom Isaiah prophesied when he said:

"A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Isaiah 11:1

 The roots of this Diocese are in Jesus Christ who died, and was raised from the dead, by the loving power of our God, who the Bible says, makes all things new.

So, standing firm, rooted in the faith of Christ Jesus, let the Diocese of Haiti rise up and reach out anew! 

 

Rise up, reach out and go, make disciples of all nations.

Rise up, reach out and go, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus to all creation.

 

So keep on preaching the Gospel.

Keep on teaching the children.

Keep on healing the sick.

Keep on feeding the hungry.

Keep on loving the orphans.

Keep on standing with the poor.

 

And always remember, you do not do this alone. Your fellow Episcopalians stand with you.

For we are not simply the Episcopal Church. Together we are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement. And Jesus promised, “I will be with you always, even to the close of the age.

God love you. God bless you. And you keep the faith. Amen!

 

 

 

 

Praying together before the solemn Eucharist on Tuesday, May 23 in Port-au-Prince, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry (center), Bishop Jean Zache Duracin of Haiti (left), Bishop Suffragan Ogé Beauvoir (right), and members of the Diocesan Standing Committee ceremoniously signed a covenant that “seeks to address and resolve many of the issues of conflict that have been burdening the Diocese.” The Covenant, here, brings an end the pause on fundraising by the Episcopal Church and opens new possibilities for a united future as the Diocese prepares to elect its next Bishop Diocesan in 2018.  Presiding Bishop Curry previously shared letters and the Covenant with the Church. While the covenant has been in effect since April, the signing ceremony provided an opportunity for a public witness to this effort.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry presented the following sermon at a special liturgy at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-A-Prince Haiti.   Sermon on the Occasion of the Liturgical Signing of Covenant of

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a joint statement calling for prayer, fasting and advocacy.

The statement, For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy, calls for fasting on the 21st of each month through December 2018, at which time the 115th Congress will conclude.

The 21st of each month is targeted because by that time each month, 90% of SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits have been used, thereby causing the last week of the month as the hungry week in America.

The fast will launch with a group of national and local leaders doing a three-day fast together May 21-23. These leaders include Presiding Bishop Curry, Presiding Bishop Eaton, and leadership throughout the Episcopal Church.

#ForSuchATime

Video messages

A video by Presiding Bishop Curry is here

 A transcript of the video is located at the end.

A video by Presiding Bishop Eaton is here

Joint statement

The joint statement of Presiding Bishop Curry and Presiding Bishop Eaton is here:

 

“For Such a Time As This”

Joint Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy

We are coming together as leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church to oppose deep cuts to programs that are vital to hungry people struggling with poverty. We make this call in anticipation of the May 21 Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. We highlight the importance of foreign assistance and humanitarian relief as members of the World Council of Churches.

We also make a call to pray, fast, and advocate not just on May 21, but throughout the 115th Congress. At the invitation of Bread for the World, we join with ecumenical partners and pledge to lead our congregations and ministries in fasting, prayer and advocacy, recognizing the need to engage our hearts, bodies, and communities together to combat poverty. As the call to prayer articulates,

 

“We fast to fortify our advocacy in solidarity with families who are struggling with hunger. We fast to be in solidarity with neighbors who suffer famine, who have been displaced, and who are vulnerable to conflict and climate change. We fast with immigrants who are trying to make a better future for their families and now face the risk of deportation. We fast in solidarity with families on SNAP, who often run out of food by the last week of the month.”

 

Domestically, Americans throughout the country are struggling with poverty, and many government-funded programs allow them to care for and feed their families. As we look overseas, we must acknowledge that foreign assistance and humanitarian relief can help to address regions confronting famine and food insecurity, including South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Lake Chad Basin. We will challenge proposals to eliminate or defund proven anti-poverty programs, at home and abroad.

The story of Esther provides encouragement for our fasting, prayer and advocacy. Esther, a Jew, was the wife of the Persian king. When plans were made to slaughter all the Jews in the empire, Esther’s cousin Mordechai pleaded with her to go to the king and use her voice to advocate for them, even though this might place her life in danger. He urged her not to remain silent, as she may have been sent “for such a time as this.” Esther asked people to fast and pray with her for three days to fortify her advocacy before the king, resulting in saving the lives of her people.

God’s intention is the flourishing of all people and we are called to participate in God’s loving purpose by standing with our neighbor who struggle with poverty and hunger. Following the Circle of Protection ecumenical fast in 2011 to fortify the faith community in opposing cuts to vital anti-poverty programs, we may have also been prepared “for such a time as this”. We commit ourselves to and invite our members to one day of fasting every month to undergird our efforts to convince our members of Congress to protect poverty-focused programs.

 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 

When does the fast begin? An opening three-day fast begins on Sunday, May 21. We will continue by fasting on the 21st day of each month through the close of the 115th Congress at the end of 2018. We fast on the 21st of the month because that is the day when 90% of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits run out for families.

How do we fast? We are calling for prayer, fasting, and advocacy. Fasting is an effort to clear our bodies, our hearts, and our minds from the distractions around us so that we may be more present to God. Fasting from food is one option that many will choose. But we invite people to take on other disciplines of self-denial, such as fasting from technology, or particular habits, which will help them rely more fully on God.

These days of fasting should also be days of advocacy to oppose cuts to public programs that help hungry people living in poverty. Individuals or congregations who participate in the fast will receive updates, prayer and advocacy action opportunities by signing up for either the Episcopal Public Policy Network or ELCA Advocacy.

Prayer accompanies and undergirds the disciplines of fasting and advocacy. It roots our actions in our total reliance on God’s loving grace and mercy. Turning to God in prayer shapes our advocacy and informs our fasting, grounding our actions in God’s call to love and serve our neighbor.

 

 

Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message

The transcript of Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message follows:

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

 

“Beginning on May 21 to fast, to pray, and to love by advocating for our children.”

 

There is a wonderful book that was published some years ago titled Eat, Pray, Love. I want to invite you to fast, pray, and love by advocating for those who have no one to advocate for them.

On May 21, I am going to join with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and many of our ecumenical friends, in fasting for the day, and beginning a fast on the 21st of every month, continuing until the end of the year 2018, when the 115th Congressional session comes to an end. 

Here is the reason for that fast: That time of the month, around the 21st of every month, is a very difficult time for people who are on public assistance and have received their assistance earlier in the month. So we will fast and pray, to pray that our government and our leaders will find a way to do what is just and kind and compassionate in the best of the American spirit.

But we will not only fast and pray. We are asking you to join with us in advocating in a variety of ways for the poor, for those who need public assistance for children who are the primary beneficiaries of most of the forms of assistance that our government provides. We are asking you to join with other Christians and other people of goodwill to help our government reflect the best of the American spirit by feeding the hungry, caring for our children, and making sure that everyone has the opportunities for life and liberty not only in our country, but in our world. 

There is a story in the Bible, in the Book of Esther in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is the story of the people of God who found themselves in some tough times, and there was a woman named Esther who rose up and accepted the challenge at some risk to herself. A challenge to save her people when they were in jeopardy. At a moment of decision when she was trying to decide whether or not she should enter into the work to save her people, someone named Mordecai sent her a word, and said, “Perhaps Esther, you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” 

Maybe we are Esther. Perhaps we in the Episcopal Church, perhaps we in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, perhaps we who are Christians and people of faith and goodwill have come to the kingdom for such a time as this, to help our country make sure that no child goes to bed hungry. 

Eat, Pray, Love is a wonderful book but I want to invite you beginning on May 21 to fast, to pray, and to love by advocating for our children.

God love you, God bless you, and you keep the faith.

 

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry

The Episcopal Church

 

 

Resources

Information about “For Such A Time As This” here

The Episcopal Public Policy Network here

ELCA Advocacy Network here

Bread for the World here

WCC Global Day of Prayer to End Famine resources here

#ForSuchATime

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a joint statement calling for prayer, fasting and advocacy. The statement, For Such a Time as This

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings will host a May 16 webinar to discuss Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice.

The free webinar will be held Tuesday at 3 pm – 3:45 pm Eastern (2 pm Central/1 pm Mountain/noon Pacific/11 am Alaska/10 am Hawaii).

No registration is necessary. Additional discussions with different constituencies, including Spanish-speakers, will be held on later dates.

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Resources

  • Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice is available here.
  • Becoming Beloved Community Summary here.
  • Racial Reconciliation here
  • Becoming Beloved Community: Introducing the Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice here
  • Leaders call on Episcopalians to heal ‘pain of racial injustice, division’ here

More Info

For more information contact Heidi Kim, Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation, hkim@episcopalchurch.org, 206-399-7771; the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, sspellers@episcopalchurch.org, 212-716-6086; or the Rev. Charles “Chuck” Wynder, Staff Officer for Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement, cwynder@episcopalchurch.org, 646-584-8112.

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings will host a May 16 webinar to discuss Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing,

The Episcopal Church has joined the Worldwide Anglican Communion in Thy Kingdom Come, a campaign initiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby calling for prayer by individuals, congregations and families.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day – May 25 - and Pentecost – June 4 - for more people to come to know Jesus.  #ThyKingdomCome

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead the Thy Kingdom Come video messages on May 25.

 

Pledge2Pray

Pledge2Pray kicks off on May 5; sign-up to participate here or here.

Prayer resources for individuals, congregations and/or families can be downloaded at no fee here.

After pledging to pray, be a part of the Let the Light shine social media campaign by posting a photo or video holding a candle or tealight, and pledging to pray.   Information available here.

 

#Pledge2Pray

 

Resources and information

A wide selection of resources and information are available to participate in many ways in Thy Kingdom Come:

  • Episcopal Church and Thy Kingdom Come here
  • Thy Kingdom Come here
  • Prayer resources that can be downloaded at no fee are here
  • #Pledge2Pray
  • #ThyKingdomCome
  • Join the Facebook page here
  • A Prayer Journal to record thoughts, prayers and ideas throughout Thy Kingdom Come; for young people and adults. Download at no fee here

A new inspirational video message featuring a different religious leader each day will be presented throughout Thy Kingdom Come, beginning with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on May 25. 

 

May 25 #ToJesus The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church

May 26 #Praise His Eminence Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna

May 27 #Thanks The Most Rev Paul Kwong, Archbishop of Hong Kong

May 28 #Sorry The Venerable Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, London

May 29 #Offer The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Bishop of Cuba

May 30 #PrayFor The Most. Rev. Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate, the Anglican Church of Canada

May 31 #Help The Most Rev John Sentamu, Archbishop of York and Primate of England

June 1 #Adore The Rev. Roger Walton, President, British Methodist Conference

June 2 #Celebrate His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop, the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom

June 3 #Silence Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE, the Society of St. John the Evangelist

June 4 #ThyKingdomCome The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England

The Episcopal Church has joined the Worldwide Anglican Communion in Thy Kingdom Come, a campaign initiated by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby calling for prayer by individuals, congregations and families. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer

“Go forth to be people of the Resurrection,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2017 Message. “Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.”

The Festive day of Easter is Sunday, April 16.                                                            

The video is available here  

The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop’s Easter 2017 Message:
 

Easter 2017 Message

It’s taken me some years to realize it, but Jesus didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He wasn’t on vacation. He wasn’t just hanging out in town. Jesus was in Jerusalem on purpose. He arrived in Jerusalem about the time of the Passover when pilgrims were in the city. When people’s hopes and expectations for the dawn of freedom that Moses had promised in the first Passover might suddenly be realized for them in their time.

Jesus arranged his entrance into Jerusalem to send a message. He entered the city, having come in on one side of the city, the scholars tell us, at just about the same time that Pontius Pilate made his entrance on the exact opposite side of the city. Pilate, coming forth on a warhorse. Pilate, with soldiers around him. Pilate, with the insignias of Rome’s Empire. Pilate, representing the Caesars who claimed to be son of god. Pilate, who had conquered through Rome the people of Jerusalem. Pilate, representing the Empire that had taken away their freedom. Pilate, who represented the Empire that would maintain the colonial status of the Jewish people by brute force and violence.

Jesus entered the city on the other side, not on a warhorse, but on a donkey, recalling the words of Zechariah:

Behold your King comes to you

Triumphant and victorious is He

Humble and riding on a donkey

Jesus entered the city at the same time as Pilate to show them, and to show us, that God has another way. That violence is not the way. That hatred is not the way. That brute force and brutality are not the way.

Jesus came to show us there is another way. The way of unselfish, sacrificial love. That’s why he entered Jerusalem. That’s why he went to the cross. It was the power of that love poured out from the throne of God, that even after the horror of the crucifixion would raise him from death to life.

God came among us in the person of Jesus to start a movement. A movement to change the face of the earth. A movement to change us who dwell upon the earth. A movement to change the creation from the nightmare that is often made of it into the dream that God intends for it.

He didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday. He went to Jerusalem for a reason. To send a message. That not even the titanic powers of death can stop the love of God.  On that Easter morning, he rose from the dead, and proclaimed love wins.

So you have a blessed Easter. Go forth to be people of the Resurrection. Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.

Have a blessed Easter.  And bless the world.  Amen.

 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

 

 

El Obispo Presidente Michael B. Curry
Mensaje de Pascua 2017

 

Me tomó algunos años el darme cuenta de ello, pero Jesús no solamente estaba en Jerusalén en ese primer Domingo de Ramos. No estaba de vacaciones. No solamente estaba en la ciudad. Jesús estaba en Jerusalén con un propósito. Llegó a Jerusalén cerca del tiempo de la Pascua cuando los peregrinos se encontraban en la ciudad. Cuando, ellos de repente podrían, en aquel momento, lograr las esperanzas y expectativas del despertar de la libertad que Moisés les había prometido en la primera Pascua.

Jesús planeó y ejecutó su entrada en Jerusalén para enviar un mensaje. Entró en la ciudad, llegando por un lado de la ciudad, casi al mismo tiempo, nos dicen los eruditos, que Poncio Pilato habría entrado en la ciudad exactamente por el lado opuesto. Pilato entró montado en un caballo de batalla. Pilato, con soldados a su alrededor. Pilato, con las insignias del Imperio de Roma. Pilato, representando a los Césares que decían ser hijos de dios. Pilato, que había conquistado, mediante Roma, a los habitantes de Jerusalén. Pilato, representando al Imperio que les había quitado la libertad. Pilato, que representaba al Imperio que mantendría el estatus colonial del pueblo judío por la fuerza bruta y la violencia.
Jesús entró en la ciudad por el otro lado montado, no en un caballo de batalla, sino en un burro, recordando las palabras de Zacarías:

             He aquí que tu Rey viene a ti
             Triunfante y victorioso es Él
             Humilde y montado en un burro

 

Jesús entró en la ciudad al mismo tiempo que Pilato, para mostrarles y mostrarnos que Dios tiene otro camino. Que la violencia no es el camino. Que el odio no es el camino. Que la fuerza bruta y la brutalidad no son el camino.

Jesús vino a mostrarnos que hay otro camino. El camino del amor desinteresado y sacrificado. Por eso entró en Jerusalén. Por eso aceptó la cruz. Fue el poder de ese amor derramado del trono de Dios, que, incluso después del horror de la crucifixión, lo elevaría de la muerte a la vida.

Dios vino a nosotros en la persona de Jesús para iniciar un movimiento. Un movimiento para cambiar la faz de la tierra. Un movimiento para cambiarnos a nosotros que habitamos en la tierra. Un movimiento para cambiar la creación, de la pesadilla que a menudo se hace de ella, al sueño que Dios quiere para ella.

No solamente estaba en Jerusalén ese Domingo de Ramos. Fue a Jerusalén por una razón. Para enviar un mensaje. Que ni siquiera los poderes titánicos de la muerte pueden detener el amor de Dios. En esa mañana de Pascua, Él resucitó de entre los muertos, y proclamó que el amor triunfa.

Así que tengan una bendita Pascua. Salgan a ser gente de la Resurrección. Sigan en el camino de Jesús. No tengan vergüenza de amar. No se avergüencen de seguir a Jesús.

Bendita Pascua. Y bendigan al mundo. Amén.

 

El Reverendísimo Michael Curry
Obispo Presidente y Primado

Iglesia Episcopal

 

Évêque Primat Michael B. Curry

Message de Pâques 2017

 

Il m’a fallu quelques années pour m’en rendre compte mais Jésus ne s’est pas simplement trouvé à Jérusalem en ce premier Dimanche des rameaux. Il n’était pas en vacances. Il n’était pas là pour juste flâner en ville. Jésus était à Jérusalem délibérément. Il est arrivé à Jérusalem aux environs de Pessa’h lorsque les pèlerins étaient dans la ville. Lorsque les espoirs et les attentes des gens pour l’aube de la liberté que Moïse avait promise à la première Pessa’h pouvaient soudainement se réaliser pour eux de leur vivant.

Jésus a planifié et mis en œuvre son entrée dans Jérusalem pour envoyer un message. Il est entré dans la ville, d’un côté de la ville, quasiment, nous disent les spécialistes, au même moment que Ponce Pilate entrait dans la ville du côté opposé. Ponce Pilate, monté sur son cheval de bataille. Ponce Pilate, avec des soldats autour de lui. Ponce Pilate, portant les insignes de l’Empire de Rome. Ponce Pilate, représentant César qui se disait fils de dieu. Ponce Pilate qui, par le biais de Rome, avait conquis les habitants de Jérusalem. Ponce Pilate, représentant l’empire qui les avait privés de liberté. Ponce Pilate, représentant l’empire qui allait maintenir le peuple juif sous un statut de colonie par la force brutale et la violence.

Jésus est entré dans la ville de l’autre côté, monté non pas sur un cheval de bataille mais sur un âne, rappelant les paroles de Zacharie :

Voici que ton roi s’avance vers toi

Il est juste et victorieux

Humble, monté sur un âne

Jésus est entré dans la ville au même moment que Ponce Pilate pour leur montrer et pour nous montrer que Dieu a une autre voie. Cette violence n’est pas la voie. Cette haine n’est pas la voie. Cette force et cette brutalité ne sont pas la voie.

Jésus est venu pour nous montrer qu’il y a une autre voie. La voie de l’amour altruiste et sacrificiel. C’est pour cela qu’il est entré dans Jérusalem. C’est pour cela qu’il est allé sur la croix. C’était la puissance de cet amour déversé depuis le trône de Dieu qui, même après l’horreur de la crucifixion, allait le faire passer de la mort dans la vie.

Dieu est venu parmi nous en la personne de Jésus pour lancer un mouvement. Un mouvement pour changer le visage de la terre. Un mouvement pour nous changer, nous les habitants de la terre. Un mouvement pour changer la création et passer du cauchemar qu’elle est souvent devenue, au rêve que Dieu a conçu qu’elle soit.

Il ne s’est pas simplement trouvé à Jérusalem en ce premier Dimanche des rameaux. Il est allé à Jérusalem pour une raison. Pour nous envoyer un message. Que pas même les puissances titanesques de la mort ne peuvent arrêter l’amour de Dieu. Ce matin de Pâques, il est ressuscité des morts et a proclamé la victoire de l’amour.

Pour que vous ayez de joyeuses Pâques. Allez et soyez le peuple de la résurrection. Suivez la voie de Jésus : n’ayez pas honte d’aimer. N’ayez pas honte de suivre Jésus.

Joyeuses Pâques. Et que le monde soit béni. Amen.
 

Le Très Rév. Michael Curry
Évêque Président et Primat   
de l’Église épiscopale

 

 

2017 Easter Message

“Go forth to be people of the Resurrection,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2017 Message. “Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.” The Festive day

“The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers,” Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry wrote to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. “The Jesus Movement is about the journey we share with a world desperate to see examples of the love of God lived out in each one of us to empower compassion and mercy for all people in all places.”

Presiding Bishop Curry wrote in the annual Good Friday letter to all congregations asking them to consider providing assistance for Jerusalem and the Middle East.

“The Jesus Movement is manifested through opportunities like the Good Friday Offering to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East,” he wrote.

Funds collected from the Good Friday Offering are gathered and distributed to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East which is part of the Anglican Communion. 

Information on the Good Friday Offering is here. Good Friday Offering resources are available here.  

For more information contact the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, Episcopal Church Middle East Partnership Officer.

The following is the Presiding Bishop’s letter:

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Late Epiphany 2017

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

You see a letter like this every year from your presiding bishop with a request to support the Good Friday Offering. Why? Because we walk the walk of Christ when we walk in solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East, who keep the faith in the very land Jesus called home. We walk the walk of Christ when we advocate for the voices of those who work fearlessly for peace in the midst of unremitting violence. We walk the walk of Christ when we support ministries of healing, education, pastoral care, and interfaith cooperation rooted in a deep desire for a future full of reconciliation and hope.

The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers. You have heard me talk about the Jesus Movement so much in these past months. Jesus of Nazareth is not about the talk of faith. He is not about the walk of faith. He is about both the talk and the walk. The Jesus Movement is about the journey we share with a world desperate to see examples of the love of God lived out in each one of us to empower compassion and mercy for all people in all places.

The Jesus Movement is manifested through opportunities like the Good Friday Offering to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

I ask you to join me in the journey of faith as part of the Jesus Movement in supporting the Good Friday Offering again this year.

May God bless you and the love we share in our Lord and Savior.

 

 

The Most Rev. Michael Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate        

The Episcopal Church

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“The Good Friday Offering is our opportunity to add some of the substance of our lives to the substance of our prayers,” Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry wrote to the clergy of the Episcopal Church. “The Jesus Movement is about the

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings shared the following letter with the staff of the Episcopal Church on February 8.

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

 

Earlier this week, we informed Executive Council that Bishop Stacy Sauls has filed a lawsuit against the corporation of the Episcopal Church, called the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS), and an unspecified number of unnamed defendants associated with the church. The suit concerns Bishop Sauls’ tenure as chief operating officer of the DFMS and his departure from that job.

As you may remember, Bishop Sauls served as chief operating officer from 2011 until December 2015, when he was placed on administrative leave. Bishop Sauls’ employment with the church ended in April 2016.

The Presiding Bishop, in consultation with legal counsel, tried his best to negotiate a severance with Bishop Sauls. We believe he made a good faith and compassionate offer, but that offer was not accepted. The Presiding Bishop, as a steward of church resources, felt that he could not go beyond that offer and explain it in good conscience to the church.

As officers of the church, we are not going to comment directly on pending litigation that involves the church. We have complete confidence in one another and in the staff, officers, and leaders of the Episcopal Church. We are united in our desire to resolve this suit as quickly and compassionately as possible, and we are committed to working together to create a church culture that follows the loving, liberating and life-giving way of Jesus.

 

Faithfully,

 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

 

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings

President, House of Deputies

 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings shared the following letter with the staff of the Episcopal Church on February 8.   Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:   Earlier

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has released the following statement:

 

Mark 12:31: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Leviticus 19:34: “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”

Numbers 15:15:  One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 10:19: “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

 

On Saturday, the Washington National Cathedral hosted the National Prayer Service for the President, Vice-President, their families, and those who will be taking on the grave responsibility nominated to cabinet posts. Religious leaders from many traditions joined their voices in prayer and song, and while we shared our most sacred scriptures, we prayed for wisdom for all those who serve our nation. I affirm those prayers, and ask that our leaders listen to the powerful call to serve those who are most vulnerable in continuing to welcome refugees from around the world.

As Christians, we are asked to pray: for our leaders, for our loved ones, for our enemies, and for those who are suffering. Our work does not end with prayer: we also offer assistance to those who are fleeing persecution. We find homes for those who have been forced out of their homes. We feed those who are hungry. The refugees who enter the United States do so after experiencing violence and persecution undeserved of any human being, and they come to the U.S. with hopes to build new lives. 

Refugee resettlement is a form of ministry, and one that we, and many other churches and faith-based organizations, cherish. The work of Episcopal Migration Ministries is God’s work, and we show the face of God through the care and compassion in that work. I ask President Trump to continue the powerful work of our refugee resettlement program without interruption, recognizing the long wait and screening process that means refugees wait months and sometimes years to enter the country. We ask that we continue to accept as many refugees as we have in the past, recognizing the need is greater than ever. We ask that refugees from all countries receive consideration to come to the U.S. and not to ban those who come from countries most in need of our assistance.

Our Book of Common Prayer asks for God to “look with compassion on the whole human family;” to “break down the walls that separate us and unite us in bonds of love.” On Saturday, we prayed for God our Father to look with compassion upon the widowed and orphans, outcasts and refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger. We pray to love one another as God loves us. I echo that prayer now, and ask that we may work together to build a more grace and compassion-filled world. 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has released the following statement:   Mark 12:31: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Leviticus 19:34: “The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you;

The following is a statement from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry.

This past week, Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, in the tradition of Presidents dating back to George Washington, gave his farewell address to the nation. Next week Donald J. Trump, in the same tradition of this country, will take the oath of office and be inaugurated as the 45th President.  

We recognize that this election has been contentious, and the Episcopal Church, like our nation, has expressed a diversity of views, some of which have been born in deep pain.

There has been much discussion, and some controversy, about the appropriateness of the Washington National Cathedral hosting the Inaugural Prayer Service this year, and of church choirs singing at inaugural events.

Underneath the variety of questions and concerns are some basic Christian questions about prayer: when I pray for our leaders, why am I doing so?  Should I pray for a leader I disagree with? When I pray what do I think I am accomplishing? 

On one level these questions seem inconsequential and innocuous. But real prayer is not innocuous. It is powerful. That question can become poignant and even painful as it is for many in this moment, given that some of the values that many of us heard expressed over the past year have seemed to be in contradiction to deeply-held Christian convictions of love, compassion, and human dignity.

So, should we pray for the President?

We can and, indeed, I believe we must pray for all who lead in our civic order, nationally and internationally. I pray for the President in part because Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.  If Jesus is my Lord and the model and guide for my life, his way must be my way, however difficult. And the way prayer for others is a part of how I follow the way of Jesus.

This practice of praying for leaders is deep in our biblical and Anglican/Episcopalian traditions. Psalm 72 prays that the ancient Israelite king might rule in the ways of God’s justice, defending “the cause of the poor,” bringing “deliverance to the needy.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 encourages followers of Jesus to pray earnestly for those in leadership, that they may lead in ways that serve the common good.  Even in the most extreme case, Jesus himself said, while dying on the cross, “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing,” was praying for Pontius Pilate, the Governor of Rome who ordered his execution, and for all who were complicit in it.

In this spirit, the Prayer Books of the Anglican/Episcopal way have always included prayer for those “who bear the authority of government,” praying in a variety of ways that they may lead in the ways of God’s wisdom, justice and truth. When we pray for Donald, Barack, George, Bill, George, or Jimmy, Presidents of the United States, we pray for their well-being, for they too are children of God, but we also pray for their leadership in our society and world. We pray that they will lead in the ways of justice and truth. We pray that their leadership will truly serve not partisan interest but the common good. When we pray for them, we are actually praying for our nation, for our world, indeed we are praying for ourselves. 

Prayer is not a simplistic cheer or declaration of support. Prayers of lament cry out in pain and cry for justice. Prayer can celebrate. Prayer can also ask God to intervene and change the course of history, to change someone's mind, or his or her heart.  When we pray for our enemies, we may find that we are simultaneously emboldened to stand for justice while we are also less able to demonize another human being.

Real prayer is both contemplative and active. It involves a contemplative conversation with and listening to God, and an active following of the way of Jesus, serving and witnessing in the world in his Name. For those who follow the way of Jesus, the active side of our life of prayer seeks to live out and help our society live out what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself.” So we work for a good and just, humane and loving society. We participate as followers of Jesus in the life of our government and society, caring for each other and others, and working for policies and laws that reflect the values and teachings of Jesus to “love your neighbor,” to “do unto others as you who have them do unto you,” to fashion a civic order that reflects the goodness, the justice, the compassion that we see in the face of Jesus, that we know to reflect the very heart and dream of God for all of God’s children and God’s creation.

I grew up in a historically black congregation in the Episcopal Church. We prayed for leaders who were often lukewarm or even opposed to our very civil rights. We got on our knees in church and prayed for them, and then we got up off our knees and we Marched on Washington. Following the way of Jesus, we prayed and protested at the same time. We prayed for our leaders who were fighting for our civil rights, we prayed for those with whom we disagreed, and we even prayed for those who hated us. And we did so following the Jesus, whose way is the way of unselfish, sacrificial love. And that way is the way that can set us all free.

As we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we may find guidance in his words, spoken during one of the most painful and difficult struggles in the Civil Rights Movement. He asked that all participants live by a set of principles. The first principle read: “As you prepare to march, meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus.”

Should we pray for the President?

Yes!

 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

 

The following is a statement from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry. This past week, Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, in the tradition of Presidents dating back to George Washington, gave his farewell address to

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