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Rev. Michael Curry, the First African-American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Speaks in Syracuse

By Daphne Ramsey


revcRev. Michael Curry, the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Church of the U.S., provided the sermon at Grace Episcopal Church, Sunday, Dec. 4., in Syracuse.

“Do what you can do, individually, and collectively, with care, showing love to everyone,” Rev. Curry said during the service. “People everywhere must to come together.”

Curry is the first African-American to hold the top office in the Episcopal Church, and the first leader of the denomination to call his American flock, “the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”

Curry emphasized that religion should be what its followers make of it, during the event, rather than the preservation of rituals that cling to old ways and old institutions.

Approximately 160 people attended the service, and Curry spoke to each person individually, providing communion to everyone.

The bishop also quoted from author Robert Fulghum’s New York Times best-selling book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” saying the book paved the way for him, helping him to become the person he is today.

According to Judith Brooks, an organizer for the event, Bishop Curry both read and explained how the teachings were pertinent to each person around the world.

“They found the message to be electrifying,” Brooks stated.

Bishop Curry, a former Buffalo native, currently lives in North Carolina, and is married with two adult children.

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