NORTH CAROLINA BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY ELECTED AS 27TH PRESIDING BISHOP
HISTORIC DECISION WILL BRING FIRST PERSON OF COLOR INTO TOP LEADERSHIP OFFICE
[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City, Utah] The Episcopal Church’s General Convention made history June 27 when it chose Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry to be its 27th presiding bishop.
Curry, 62, was elected by the House of Bishops from a slate of four nominees on the first ballot. He received 121 votes of a total 174 cast. Diocese of Southwest Florida Bishop Dabney Smith recieved 21, Diocese of Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas Breidenthal, 19, and Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, 13. The number of votes needed for election was 89.
‘THANKFUL, HONORED AND BLESSED’ PRESIDING BISHOP-ELECT CURRY ADDRESSES THE MEDIA
[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Several hours after being elected as the Episcopal Church’s 27th – and first African-American – presiding bishop-elect, Michael Curry fielded a range of media questions with characteristic humility and humor June 27 and said he intends to build on the good work of his predecessor “because that’s the way the Spirit works.”
Current Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori introduced Curry at a crowded press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, saying the House of Bishops handed him “a major mandate” with the historic landslide victory.
A HISTORIC ELECTION: OUR FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDING BISHOP
[By Deputation Member the Rev. Sheila McJilton] This morning we gathered for Eucharist, the sounds of Native American flutes and drums summoning the power of the Holy Spirit. At the end of the Eucharist, the bishops left to go to the Cathedral to vote. We knew we were part of history and some of us wept–overcome by the power of the Spirit.