Presiding Bishop Michael Curry responds to death of Rev. Billy Graham

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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Curry on the death of the Rev. Billy Graham

The crusades and ministry of the Rev. Billy Graham
was a big tent, a revival tent.

[February 21, 2018] The following is a statement from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry on the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, well-known Evangelist.

The phrase “a big tent” is often used to suggest gracious openness and respect for varieties and diversities of people and perspectives. It reflects the sentiment of the old spiritual that says, “There’s plenty good room in my Father’s kingdom.”

The crusades and ministry of the Rev. Billy Graham was a big tent, a revival tent — big, gracious, welcoming, and deeply grounded in the love that is the way of Jesus.

Before it was popular or widely accepted, Billy Graham required that his crusades must be interracial without a hint of segregation in the body of Christ at worship. Before the ecumenical movement had really taken hold in the culture, Billy Graham’s crusades were intentionally ecumenical. He was spiritual advisor to presidents and leaders of the nation, from both political parties, from many persuasions. As a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, he related to people of many faiths with genuine respect and a manner of love, reflecting the very spirit and teaching of Jesus.

He was truly a man of God, a follower of Jesus, and a witness that there really is a more excellent way for the human family.

May we follow his example as he followed the way of Jesus. And now may a chorus of angels sing, as they always did at the crusades he led,

Just as I am,
Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea,
Thine alone,
O Lamb of God,
I come,
I come.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

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Ann Fontaine
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Seems to me that The Guardian has it right: Billy Graham on the wrong side of history. Much of his work gave a foundation to the religious right who still think Jesus is coming back any day and we need to look after ourselves and not the community and the earth https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/21/billy-graham-wrong-side-history

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Kurt Hill
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Kurt Hill

As a High Church Episcopalian (Anglican), I had numerous disagreements with Billy Graham's fundamentalist Evangelical theology. IMO his brand of Christianity was reactionary in most respects, including its Cold War anti-communism. Dr. Graham’s movement had broad resemblances to other reactionary religious movements that, for some reason, are so popular in America. These are typified by charismatic figures as Billy Sunday, Johnathan Edwards and George Whitefield. Nevertheless, may they all rest in peace with the saints in light.
His son, Franklin, is more reactionary still—revanchist, even; he appears to me to be an out-and-out “Christian” fascist…

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Isabel+Steilberg
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Isabel+Steilberg

I wish Bishop Curry would issue a statement on the deaths of 17 innocents in Parkland FL. Perhaps he has?

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Jon White
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This has been an active conversation point in social media, but as far as I know the PB has not addressed the shooting particularly. Bishops United Against Gun Violence has collectively offered a statement and resources for the church, but not 815.

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Isabel+Steilberg
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Isabel+Steilberg

Not happy about this silence.....

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Rob Huttmeyer
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Rob Huttmeyer

What is he going to say that hasn't been said so many times that he could just make a form letter now.

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Kathy McClure
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Kathy McClure

Amen and Thank you Bishop Curry. I also sang this hymn as a young girl.

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