Today the Episcopal Church elected the Rt. Reverend Michael Curry of North Carolina as the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
In what I can only describe as a Holy and Spirit filled time, the Bishops gathered at St. Mark’s Cathedral, prayed, and between moments of rich silence we sang – “Be Thou My Vision”, “Breath on Me Breath of God”, “Spirit of the Living God, Fall Fresh on Me”.
We voted, then after a brief period period we learned that Bishop Curry was elected by a landslide – 121 of 178 voting Bishops. The house erupted in applause and joyful song.
As we waited for the House of Deputies consent and shared a meal, there were multiple prayers, words of public and private words of gratitude to the other candidates, and lines of hugs and selfies with Bishop Curry. The House of Deputies soon confirmed the election by a vote of 800-12.
This is a great day for the church. Bishop Curry is a passionate advocate of evangelism and social justice. “I was baptized in this church, and it taught me the love of Jesus.” he said. “We have a good church and a good God”.
The overwhelming support says the church is in a place of great harmony, hope, and missionary zeal for the future.
I am grateful for the gracious, strong and courageous leadership of Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and for the continued leadership of the three other candidates for this office.