Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be featured at an all-day event at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, California, on Saturday, 7 January 2017. I will be one of three panelists asking him questions after his keynote presentation. The event is free and you are invited to attend – no registration is required.
El Camino Real Diocese Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves held a phone call this morning to discuss the panel with participants. I am very much looking forward to meeting Bishop Michael again. I met him briefly during lunch at General Convention 2015 and have listened to many of his talks. Bishop Michael is the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and is the first African American to serve as PB since its founding in 1789. He is a remarkable and inspiring speaker.
One of the highlights from his keynote at the “Evangelism Matters” conference in November 2016 in Dallas, TX: “God made us for God’s dream. We were made to be in communion with our God, with each other, and with the world God has made. That is why we are here… Evangelism doesn’t have a thing to do with a bigger church. It has everything to do with a better world… We Episcopalians are of the Anglican tradition of Christianity. I want to suggest that Anglicans are not allergic to evangelism. Episcopalians need not take Excedrin before saying ‘evangelism’…”
Bishop Michael’s most recent book, Songs My Grandma Sang, was published in June 2015; Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus was his first book, in August 2013. He has received honorary degrees from Episcopal Divinity School, The University of the South – Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Yale.
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