Speaking in his onetime hometown of Baltimore on Friday, the leader of the worldwide Episcopal Church urged his nearly 2 million-member denomination to return to the values of early Christianity.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, former rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, is the first African-American to serve as the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. He told more than 400 attendees at the annual convention of the Diocese of Maryland that it was time for Episcopalians to turn their focus away from worldly preoccupations to the sorts of radically humane ideas Jesus preached and lived.
Jesus, he said, inspired his first followers to "reorient their lives" around such proclamations as "blessed are the poor in spirit' and 'blessed are those who are persecuted just because they love somebody,'" he said.