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Presiding Bishop’s post election message

Presiding Bishop’s post election message

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued a video message following the national election on November 8.

The video is available here and is available closed-captioned.

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The following is the text of the message.


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Post – Election Message

November 9, 2016


Hello.  We’re filming this on Election Day before the results of the Presidential and other elections are in.  But there’s some thoughts I wanted to share with you, and a prayer I’d like to offer.

Twenty-five years ago Robert Fulghum published a book, All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and in that book he talked about the kinds of things we learned as children, especially in kindergarten:


Share everything. 

Clean up your own mess. 

Don’t hit people. 

Play fair. 

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. 


We learned those as children, and those were lessons for life.

I remember as a child, and I suspect you learned as well, the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Listen to those words again:


I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for

which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


That Pledge of Allegiance and those words were taught to us as children, but they’re meant for us as adults and as a country.

We will elect a President. We will elect officer holders. Some will be Republicans. Some will be Democrats. Some will be Independents. But that will be the democratic process.  That’s how we govern ourselves in our country, and we will all live with the results of those elections, but we will all live together as fellow Americans, as citizens. And so the time will come, to bind up our wounds, to overcome our differences, to reconcile with each other, to reach out to those who differ with us, and to be Americans.

One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

And an America like that will truly be a shining city upon a hill.

And so a prayer that I also learned as a little child, the words of James Weldon Johnson:


God of our weary years,

God of our silent tears,

Thou who has brought us thus far on our way;

Thou who has by Thy might,

Led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God where we met Thee,

Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;

Shadowed beneath Thy hand,

May we forever stand,

True to our God,

And true to our native land.


God bless you, God keep you, and reach out in love to your fellow citizens.





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Steve White

This statement, which is pre-election, is OK as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far. I was hoping for comments from the PB post-election with some spiritual guidance about how we go forward as American followers of Jesus.

Still waiting…..

Norman Hutchinson

Bishop Curry,
I appreciate what you are trying to do to prevent division and discord. I also realize that the video was made before the election results were known for the office of president of the United States. You say, “…we will all live together as fellow Americans, …the time will come, to bind up our wounds, to overcome our differences, to reconcile with each other, to reach out to those who differ with us, and to be Americans.” All of this is a wonderful sentiment and reconciliation is to be aimed for, however, it is unlikely that Trump will sign on to these sentiments. Given the policies that the president-elect has espoused reconciliation seems to be unlikely because he has no concept of Christian compassion, of welcoming the stranger in our land, of being a peace maker, to name just a few examples of his espoused ideas. As Christians we need to be the rebels speaking truth to this power, as Jesus was a rebel and spoke truth to the governmental power that existed during his Earthly life. Before being the Americans, you mention, we need to be and act as Christians. The two do not always equate.

You also mention the pledge to the flag. When I was a child the phrase “… under God…” was added. This was added during a period of time that our country was involved in an obsession with patriotism, idolatrous in its scope, spurred on by Sen. McCarthy and his Red Scare propaganda. This unfortunate addition changed the meaning of the phrase it was inserted into from saying that the US was one nation made up of many states to saying it was the one (and only) nation under God. By extension it insinuated that the US was the only nation with that distinction. That is a dangerous concept on many levels. The last two phrases of the prayer by James Weldon Johnson also conflate God and country. This, I feel, is also unfortunate.

Again, I appreciate your effort but sometimes the peaceful confrontation of ideas is necessary, for to not protest is to capitulate to negativity.

Philip B. Spivey

After 240 years, we now know the the American experiment has failed. It has failed because America did not repent for its original sins of indigenous genocide, chattel slavery, virulent misogyny, public institutions undergirded by patriarchy and white supremacy and colonialism.

A defiantly unrepentant ‘white-lash’ buried any hopes I had last night for a more just society in my lifetime. A neo-fascist will head the American government for the next four, and possibly, eight years.

Perhaps we will have to begin a new experiment some day.

Our Re

Jay Croft

Couldn’t get the captions on this video.

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