Britain’s still basking in the warmth of Bishop Curry’s blessing

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In an age when the news cycle seems to move at greater speed than the spin cycle on a washing machine, it is encouraging to witness the staying power of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s message of love, which received international attention and acclaim after he preached at the recent royal wedding at Windsor. Bishop Curry was featured by video offering his blessing to contests during the finals of Britain’s Got Talent this weekend.

Watch the Presiding Bishop’s message on YouTube:

The winner of the 2018 national televised talent contest was Lost Voice Guy, aka Lee Ridley, a comedian who will now have his own chance to address royalty at the Royal Variety Performance.

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John Chilton
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Folks, Seitz is stirring the pot and is not a friend of The Episcopal Church. Good news stories often receive little comment. If you want to see the online celebration at the grass roots, just head over to the Episcopal Cafe on Facebook or other other social media sites. And it's clear folks in the pews are enjoying this moment. Yes, I called it a moment. We shall see what we, The Episcopal Church, are able to make of it. Backslapping is not enough. But I am enjoying the moment and the joy in Christ that this PB radiates.

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Kenneth Knapp
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Kenneth Knapp

Why do you say that he "is not a friend of the Episcopal Church?" I just googled him and he is apparently an Episcopal Priest in addition to being an academic. I don't think that he is against the Episcopal Church just because you may disagree with what he has to say. The church has a lot of problems at the moment and I don't think we do it any service when we discourage criticism by declaring the critics to be enemies of the church.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

Thank you Mr Knapp. My grandfather was a parish priest and taught liturgics at Bexley Hall for over forty years. His father was an Episcopal Church Senior Warden. My father was a parish priest and served 60 years+. His brother also. I have two brothers serving as priests in the Episcopal Church with over 75 years experience between them.

But Mr Chilton is now the gatekeeper on the new TEC. Anyone who does not accept the present trends or poses questions is an enemy. All this dedicated service is nothing if you are not on the side of TEC's present direction as advocated by John Chilton.

My note was genuinely interested in asking why such empty response boxes on all these stories. Instead one gets anger and defensiveness.

I think that says a lot about the vaunted diversity of TEC.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

I am genuinely curious why the serial efforts to call attention to the media 'impact' of +Michael Curry are getting no comment whatsoever here.

Being at some distance from "TEC on the ground" I find it harder to know what the mood is, especially in the run-up to GC 2018. One has a sense that things are very quiet.

I can imagine there is some sobriety about how TEC will carry on with its numbers and its challenges demographic.

I see from other news outlets that SCOTUS meets in conference to review the EDSC a certiori pleas tomorrow, and that after that it will announce whether it hears the case.

The implications of this are very serious. At issue is the character of "implied trusts" such as TEC has insisted are durable.

Is the recent media enthusiasm regarding Curry at the Royal Wedding, foregrounded here, not anything to comment on but rather let speak for itself somehow?

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Mary Ann Hill
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I don’t think the lack of response implies anything. Those who normally have time/interest to comment may just be busy. Every mention/appearance by our P.B. In the media/popular culture doesn’t necessarily warrant a large response because it’s happening quite often right now. But that is not an indication of the impact the attention on him is having on our church. We’ve seen a marked increase in visitors and my parishioners are using the public interest in ++Curry as an opportunity for evangelism.

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Gregory Orloff
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Gregory Orloff

Perhaps, despite speculative cloak-and-dagger insinuation, dearth of comment is simply due to the fact that Presiding Bishop Michael's Curry's words and ministry speak for themselves, and commenting on them would simply be a matter of gilding the proverbial lily. There's a time for everything under the sun: a time for commenting and a time for just listening. But how utterly refreshing that, for once, a Christian leader is getting broad mainstream media attention for a positive, uplifting message focused on loving God, loving neighbor, loving enemy, and treating others the same way we want to be treated -- the very message Christ Jesus broadcasted in his gospel! Very Luke 4:18-19, indeed.

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S.R.Price
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S.R.Price

The Episcopal Church has had a trust relationship with it's parishes long before Jones v Wolff thru the requirement that all local churches need approval before buying,selling,or mortgaging property.If the appeal is accepted(I hope it is)I believe the Court will use this case as an opportunity to clarify that nothing in the 1979 decision can be used to void that preexisting arrangement.That would have huge implications,all the way from Waccamaw to Quincy to Ft.Worth and would be devastating in Loganvilllle,Ga.

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