Church leaders don’t often get a rock star welcome, but that’s exactly what the head of the Episcopal Church in the United States received Sunday night in Abilene when he was greeted by Episcopalians from much of the southern part of the Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the church, whose office is in New York City, walked into the packed nave of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, where he got a Texas-size welcome, complete with rousing ovation, hoots, hollers, and whistles.
The bishop, who was beaming at the sight, returned the goodwill.
“It’s just a privilege,” Curry said, “and a great joy.”
Curry, who was elected in 2015, is the first black person chosen to lead the church in the United States. He follows Katharine Jefferts Schori, who was the first woman elected to the position. The Episcopal Church in the United States is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, headed by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
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