The saint emerging from #Primates2016

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Ruth Gledhill, former religion correspondent for The Times who now writes for Christian Today, offers this tribute to our presiding bishop:

The saint emerging from this sad hour is not the Archbishop of Canterbury, nor any leader of the Global South churches.

It is the Primate of The Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

He has not been well. In Canterbury this week, he has appeared in the flesh, as well as in spirit, as a person enduring great suffering. He is a champion of gay rights. In response to the sanctions against his Church, he said: “I stand before you as your brother. I stand before you as a descendant of African slaves, stolen from their native land, enslaved in a bitter bondage, and then even after emancipation, segregated and excluded in church and society. And this conjures that up again, and brings pain. The pain for many will be real. But God is greater than anything. I love Jesus and I love the church. I am a Christian in the Anglican way. And like you, as we have said in this meeting, I am committed to ‘walking together’ with you as fellow Primates in the Anglican family.”

The holiness in him and in his words is tangible. It is a genuine turning of the other cheek. He is not threatening to walk away, he is pledging his Church to walk together with all the Primates of the Anglican Communion.

It is his grace in the face of terrible rejection that shines out from this whole sorry episode.

Read it all: The sacrificial grace of Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church.

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Rev Dr. Ellen M Barrett
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Rev Dr. Ellen M Barrett

'Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not [and will not] overcome it.'

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Chip Campbell
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Chip Campbell

Off topic, I know....but 20 years ago, you, Mother Barrett, baptized my daughter Nellie at St.Ignatius Antioch in NYC. So glad to see you are still fighting the good fight as is Bishop Curry....Nellie turned out OK, too.

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Eli Elliott
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Eli Elliott

See Isaiah 40:8 and Roman's 1:16. No amount of eloquence nor the empty social philosophies that seek to replace the timeless Wisdom of Gods Word can justify the clear and unambiguous transgression of Matt 19:4 - 6 Jesus Himself speaking.

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JC Fisher
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JC Fisher

"Jesus Himself speaking."

Your entire comment (inc proof-texts) is Eli Elliot speaking.

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Shirley M. Watts
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Shirley M. Watts

Yes, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry responded at the Primates Meeting as the Faithful Servant Leader that he is! Thanks for this wonderful article!

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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Yes, indeed. It must have been a very difficult week. You can see the stress in his face in the video. But you can also see the Light. I was going to be very angry, but his faith and love reached out to me, kept me steady, and won me over to the Jesus Work. Yeah, saintly.

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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Oh, and a Brit on Thinking Anglican asked if they could borrow him for awhile and I said "No!" But that we could do some of the Jesus work together.

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Mollie Douglas Turner
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Mollie Douglas Turner

So much grace in this man. So much faith. Thank God for this PB and the witness he brings!

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