New Presiding Bishop Elect


The Episcopal Church has elected its first African-American presiding bishop at General Convention. Bishop Michael Curry, Diocese of North Carolina, earned a landslide 121 of 174 votes on the first ballot: also a first for our denomination. He will be installed November 1 in a service at the Washington National Cathedral. He is known for his emphasis on evangelism, public service and social justice and is the author of Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus. The Bishop is committed to the work of reconciliation, saying, “We are brothers and sisters of each other. The hard work is to figure out how we live as beloved community, as the human family of God and do that in practical and tangible ways.” Bishop Curry, age 62, and his wife Sharon have two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth. If you would like to know more about our new Presiding Bishop-elect, there are several articles online at

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