Presiding Bishop Curry quote about disagreement: “What I believe about human equality and dignity is grounded in what I believe about the love of God and that love is not coercive. So I have to respect my brothers and sisters who differ on this question, enough not to be coercive.”
The New York Times interviews Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:
When Michael B. Curry was installed in November as the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, he spoke of racial reconciliation and finding new ways to spread the teachings of Jesus. His appointment as the first African-American leader of a predominantly white Protestant church that has long been associated with the American elite elevated the voice of a preacher who had focused his ministry on racial justice, an issue that is now playing out in the presidential campaign.
Bishop Curry’s nine-year tenure began just months after the Episcopal Church decided to bless gay marriages, and in January he defended that decision in a meeting with archbishops of the Anglican Communion, many of them from Africa, who vehemently oppose gay marriage.
Bishop Curry, 63, who recently recovered from surgery related to a head injury, was interviewed this month at the Episcopal Church’s headquarters in New York, sitting in a rocking chair he brought with him from North Carolina, where he served as bishop for 15 years.
Read the interview here.