“Our commitment to be an inclusive church is not based on a social theory or capitulation to the ways of the culture, but on our belief that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all. While I understand that many disagree with us, our decision regarding marriage is based on the belief that the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians are true for the church today: All who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ.”
To view a video of the Most Reverend Michael Curry’s full statement in response to the Primates Meeting, please click here: https://www.facebook.com/episcopalian/videos/10155010038437925/?theater . Also read “Majority of primates call for temporary Episcopal Church sanctions.”
THE DIOCESE OF NORTH CAROLINA welcomes the Rt. Rev. Peter Lee, bishop diocesan (resigned) for the Diocese of Virginia and current interim rector at Christ Church, Georgetown, as Assisting Bishop for the diocese during our time of transition and search for the 12th bishop diocesan. See Bishop Hodges-Copple’s interview with Bishop Lee. Read Please Note, Nov 17, 2015.
Compassionate and life-giving God, we are horrified at the violence in Paris. Hold back the hands that kill and maim; turn around the hearts that hate. Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace – peace that passes our understanding but changes lives. May Bishop Pierre Whalen, and all our brothers and sisters in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, know and feel your presence among them.
We join in prayer today with our Muslim brothers and sisters, particularly our friends at the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies here in Cary, who have condemned the actions in Paris and called on faith communities to join In prayer that we all may continue forward in the ways of God’s justice, love, and peace. We pray this through Jesus Christ, your son and our Lord. Amen.
Prayer composed by The Rev. George Adamik
The Holy Eucharist and Installation of the Most Rev. Michael Curry as XXVII Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church was held at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, November 1, 2015. See Video of Bishop Curry’s homily. See Video of the entire service. Download PDF of the program. See Gallery from News and Observer. See Video: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: ‘This is the Jesus Movement”.