Michael Curry (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Michael Bruce Curry
XI North Carolina
Province The Episcopal Church Flag of the US Episcopal Church.svg
Diocese North Carolina
Orders
Ordination December 9, 1978[1]
Consecration June 17, 2000
Personal details
Born March 13, 1953
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality USA

Michael Bruce Curry (born in Chicago, Illinois on March 13, 1953) is a bishop in the Episcopal Church. He is the first African American bishop to lead a southern diocese of the Episcopal Church.

Early life and education[edit]

Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York in 1975. He received the Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from the Yale Divinity School. He has also done continued study at The College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's Seminary, and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies. He has received honorary degrees from the School of Theology-Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, Yale University and the Episcopal Theological School.[2]

Priesthood[edit]

Curry was ordained deacon in June 1978 and priest in December 1978. He served initially as deacon-in-charge and subsequently as Rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (1978–1982) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; then as Rector of St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church in Lincoln Heights, Ohio (1982–1988). He served as Rector of St. James' Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland (1988–2000). In his three parish ministries, Curry participated in crisis response pastoral care, founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, preaching missions, creation of networks of family day care providers, and the brokering of investment in inner city neighborhoods. He inspired a $2.5 million restoration of the St. James' church building after a fire.[3]

Episcopal career[edit]

Curry was elected eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on February 11, 2000 and consecrated bishop on June 17, 2000, at Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.[4] Curry serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for Christian Media [5] and chairs the board of Episcopal Relief and Development.[6] Curry has a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at services of worship and conferences around the country. He is the author of Crazy Christians: A call to follow Jesus.[7] He resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, the former Sharon Clement, and two daughters.

Nomination for Presiding Bishop[edit]

0n May 1, 2015 the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church nominated Bishop Curry and three other bishops for election as the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.[8] The election of the next Presiding Bishop will take place on June 27, 2015 at the Church's 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLean, Naomi C. (December 23, 1978). "Rev. Michael Curry Ordained Dec. 9". Baltimore Afro-American (Baltimore, Maryland). Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  2. ^ "edsedu". Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "day1". Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "[ENS] Reconciliation is hard but necessary work". www.wfn.org. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  5. ^ "day1". Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bishop Michael Curry Named Chair of Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief and Development". The Episcopal Café. January 10, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ Curry, Michael B. (2013). Crazy Christians: A call to follow Jesus. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8192-2885-7. 
  8. ^ "episcopaldigitalnetwork". Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "extranetgeneralconvention" (PDF). Retrieved May 15, 2015.