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A Letter to the Episcopal Church

From the Presiding Bishop, President of the House of Deputies

Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday


September 1, 2015


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

On June 17, nine members of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were murdered by a white racist during their weekly bible study. Just a few days later at General Convention in Salt Lake City, we committed ourselves to stand in solidarity with the AME Church as they respond with acts of forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice (Resolution A302).

Now our sisters and brothers in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church have asked us to make that solidarity visible by participating in “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday” on Sunday, September 6. We ask all Episcopal congregations to join this ecumenical effort with prayer and action.

“Racism will not end with the passage of legislation alone; it will also require a change of heart and thinking,” writes AME Bishop Reginald T. Jackson. “This is an effort which the faith community must lead, and be the conscience of the nation. We will call upon every church, temple, mosque and faith communion to make their worship service on this Sunday a time to confess and repent for the sin and evil of racism, this includes ignoring, tolerating and accepting racism, and to make a commitment to end racism by the example of our lives and actions.”

The Episcopal Church, along with many ecumenical partners, will stand in solidarity with the AME Church this week in Washington D.C. at the “Liberty and Justice for All” event, which includes worship at Wesley AME Zion Church and various advocacy events.

Racial reconciliation through prayer, teaching, engagement and action is a top priority of the Episcopal Church in the upcoming triennium. Participating in “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday” on September 6 is just one way that we Episcopalians can undertake this essential work. Our history as a church includes atrocities for which we must repent, saints who show us the way toward the realm of God, and structures that bear witness to unjust centuries of the evils of white privilege, systemic racism, and oppression that are not yet consigned to history. We are grateful for the companionship of the AME Church and other partners as we wrestle with our need to repent and be reconciled to one another and to the communities we serve.

“The Church understands and affirms that the call to pray and act for racial reconciliation is integral to our witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to our living into the demands of our Baptismal Covenant,” reads Resolution C019 of the 78th General Convention. May God bless us and forgive us as we pray and act with our partners this week and in the years to come. In the words of the prophet Isaiah appointed for Sunday, may we see the day when “waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.”



The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings

President, House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church


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Message from the Bishop

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Our hearts ache for the nine faithful souls murdered while worshiping Wednesday evening at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and for their families, friends, and loved ones who mourn the loss of their precious lives. I join you in prayer for the souls of the departed, and for the soul of the young man who killed them.

In the futile attempt to make some sense of so senseless an act of evil, I am wanting to categorize this as an isolated act of a solitary and deranged individual. But of course I cannot separate myself from it; it is a reflection of a social system in which I am complicit, by my action and my inaction alike. The depth of my heartache and yours is a measure of the inherent connectedness of the lives God has given us.

These nine Christian martyrs will have died in vain if our heartache does not lead us to challenge the culture of violence in which we all participate, in ways we are often unable and sometimes unwilling to recognize. In the fierce light of this tragedy, if we do not multiply our efforts to place the tolerance of others high above our tolerance of hostility, and place society’s responsibility to provide safety to all her members high above the individual’s access to tools of violence, we are abdicating our primary vocation to bring the kingdom of heaven to life.

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, and may we not rest until that same peace reigns on earth.


Your companion in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.

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I Am An Episcopalian
Source: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/i-am-episcopalian

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.

Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.

Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.

We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.

Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.

We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.

We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.

We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.

All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Michael Bruce Curry
from North Carolina
Elected 27th Presiding Bishop
of The Episcopal Church

Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael B. Curry


[June 27, 2015]  The Rt. Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, was elected the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church on the first ballot on June 27.

Bishop Curry, 62, is the first African-American to be elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

The election occurred during the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

Of the 174 votes tallied, Bishop Curry received 121 (89 needed to elect).

Following his election by the House of Bishops, Bishop Curry’s election was overwhelmingly confirmed by the House of Deputies, 800 for, 12 against.

Meet Presiding Bishop-Elect Curry
Bishop Curry was ordained Bishop of North Carolina on June 17, 2000.

1988-2000: Rector, St. James' Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland
His experience includes:1982-1988: Rector, St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church, Lincoln Heights, Ohio
1982-1988: Chaplain, Bethany School
1978-1982: Rector, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Winston Salem, North Carolina

He has served on a number of Episcopal Church Committees, a Commissions, Agencies, and Boards:

• Chair, Board of Directors, Episcopal Relief & Development (current)
• Board of Trustees, Saint Augustine's University (current)
• North Carolina Council of Churches (current)
• Moral Monday movement (current)
• Chair, Advisory Committee, Office of Black Ministries (current)
• Bishop Visitor, Community of the Transfiguration (current)
• TREC/Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church
• General Convention Committees: Evangelism, Global Mission
• Standing Commission on World Mission
• Union of Black Episcopalians
• Institute of Christian and Black Studies of Baltimore
• Ecumenical Clergy on the Square, Revival and Citizens on Patrol (Baltimore)
• Jubilee Ministry, St. James' Afterschool Academy, Baltimore
• Board, Episcopal Social Ministries, Diocese of Maryland
• Chair and Co-Chair, convention Planning Team, Diocese of Maryland
• Commission on Ministry, Dioceses of Maryland, Southern Ohio and North Carolina
• General Board of Examining Chaplains
• Board and Faculty, College of Preachers
• Coordinator, The Racism Steering Committee, Diocese of Southern Ohio
• Board, Winston-Salem Urban League

He holds a Bachelors of Arts, with High Honors from Hobart and William Smith College; a Masters of Divinity from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; Continuing Studies at The College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, The Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary and Institute of Jewish Christian Studies; and D.D., honors causa, from Sewanee The University of the South,  Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Virginia Theological Seminary, and The Episcopal Divinity School

An author, his publications include:
• Songs My Grandmother Sang (Morehouse Publishing, Spring 2015)
• Crazy Christians: a Call to Follow Jesus (Morehouse Publishing, 2013)
• "Some Strange Things Are Happening in Charlotte", opinion, (The Huffington Post, Sept. 4, 2012)
• "Stay in the City", sermon (The African American Pulpit, Judson Press, 1999 issue)
• "Abyssinian Annals," a weekly column( The Baltimore Times)
• Essay ("Joy", Forward Movement, 1995)
• Article Series (Episcopal Life, September 1993- May 1994)
• "Servant Woman" and "There's Power in the Word " , sermons ( Sermons that Work 11, Forward Movement Publications)

Married to Sharon, they are the parents of two adult children.

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is meeting through July 3 in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.


On the web:
Bishop Michael Curry from North Carolina Elected 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church


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