Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers Pride Month statement

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From The Episcopal Church…

[June 12, 2019] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry today offered the following statement:  

Jesus said: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

In my years of ministry, I have personally seen and been blessed by countless LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings. Dear friends, the church has in like manner been blessed by you. Together with many others you are faithful followers of Jesus of Nazareth and his way of love. You have helped the church to be truly catholic, universal, a house of prayer for all people. You have helped the church to truly be a reflection of the beloved community of God. You have helped the church to authentically be a branch of the Jesus movement in our time. 

Your ministries to and with this church are innumerable. I could speak of how you often lead our vestries, and other leadership bodies in the church. I could speak of how many of you organize our liturgies of worship, lift our voices in song, manage church funds, teach and form our children as followers of Jesus, lead congregations, ministries and dioceses. But through it all and above it all, you faithfully follow Jesus and his way of love. And in so doing you help the church, not to build a bigger church for church’s sake, but to build a better world for God’s sake.

During June, Americans and people around the world observe Pride. Today, as we mourn the 49 people who were murdered at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando three years ago, I am mindful that Pride is both a celebration and a testament to sorrow and struggle that has not yet ended. Especially this month, I offer special thanks to God for the strength of the LGBTQ community and for all that you share with your spouses, partners and children, with your faith communities, and indeed with our entire nation.

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Ronald Baca
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Ronald Baca

Wow . That's very moving .thank You . GOD BLESS You.

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Steve price
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Steve price

I don't believe the P.B. intended the word catholic to mean universal in this instance .since that would have caused the statement to read universal,universal Church..The concept that the Anglican Church is not a Catholic denomination ( not Roman Catholic) is not historically accurate.We exist independently of anything Martin Luther did although,thankfully,our Anglican forefathers did adopt some of his proposed reforms.,albeit often for political advantage rather than theological conviction.

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Jerry Ness
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Jerry Ness

Many decades ago when the church in which I grew up rejected me; this gay man found a welcoming and lasting spiritual home and community in the Episcopal Church. Thanks be to God. And today I'm a retired rector. Who knew? Probably the Holy Spirit. 🙂

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JoS. S. Laughon
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Interesting definition of "catholic"

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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"You have helped the church to be truly catholic, universal, a house of prayer for all people."

It's part of a rhetorical device that says basically the same thing three times, albeit each with connotations that add up to a beautiful whole. It's a whole that contributes to the commandment to "love one another," without exclusion.

With my Greek Orthodox background, I too was taken aback by the Nicene Creed when I first visited an Episcopal Church. Of course, the filioque took me aback even more!

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Robyn Kreis
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Robyn Kreis

The Greek roots of the word catholic,"according to (kata-) the whole ( holos),” translates to universal. The first time I went to an Episcopal church service and read the Nicene Creed, I was taken aback thinking I wandered into an actual Catholic church by accident. After I understood more about the Nicene Creed, its history, and what the term catholic means within it, i recognize how Episcopalians use it in sermons and discussions.

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