Interfaith Voices interview with Bp Michael Curry

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Interfaith Voices has an interview with the Presiding Bishop on the Episcopal Church “Moving Beyond ‘White Anglo-Saxon Protestant'”

The Christian denomination once known as the church of the white Protestant establishment has elected its first African-American leader, Bishop Michael Curry. He joins us to talk about the more welcoming future of the Episcopal Church, and to reflect on the spirituals and hymns that his grandmother used to sing, which still inspire him.

Listen to it here.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

Sounds like the TEC coming next to you is, a la Jennings+ and the new PB:

We are different than our past (such as we imagine it). We are no longer white protestants.

But was TEC's main trademark? I grew up in rural WVA and rural NC. PECUSA was regarded as liturgical, a bit odd (vis-a-vis UMC and Presbyterians and Baptists), and an international Communion with Africans and English and Scottish and Philippines and SE Asians more broadly.

So now TEC will gravitate toward a TEC that progressive Episcopalians want to embrace, when the former TEC was in fact most of these things for many of us who grew up in this church already.

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David Allen
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David Allen

That's pretty contradictory thinking Mr Seitz. If TEC was already those things, when did it stop being those things, so that progressive TEC folk want to gravitate towards those things?

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David Streever
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David Streever

The historical TEC was also the church that sided with slave owners. I'd say progressive Episcopalians are trying to confront that hard truth, examine it, and move on to create a more welcoming church for the ancestors of the people we helped keep in chains.

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Philip B. Spivey
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Philip B. Spivey

Well then Professor, you especially will enjoy this journey forward; it should bring back warm memories.

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George Waite
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George Waite

Thought this church had barely 1.8 million members.

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Ann Fontaine
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Ann Fontaine

From Fast Facts http://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/domestic_fast_facts_2014.pdf

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