Saturday, May 19, 2018

Acts of Faith ‘There’s power in love’: Read the fiery sermon at the royal wedding by the Episcopal Church’s Michael Curry

From The Washington Post-

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church, focused his sermon at the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday on “the redemptive power of love.”

Drawing from quotes from civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., American slaves and a Jesuit theologian, his sermon centered on the biblical teachings of Jesus.

“Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying,” Curry said. “He wasn’t getting anything out of it. He gave up his life, he sacrificed his life for the good of others, for the well-being of the world, for us. That’s what love is.”

“Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, become redemptive,” he said. “That way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love changes lives.”

Curry, who was installed as presiding bishop of the U.S.-based member of the Anglican Communion on Nov. 1, 2015, is the son of an outspoken civil rights activist who helped bring an end to segregated schools in Buffalo. As bishop in North Carolina, he was one of the first to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in churches there and often speaks on progressive issues. Curry did not know the couple personally before the wedding, according a spokeswoman for the Episcopal Church, but he met them before the ceremony. “When I was told I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” he joked of being chosen to deliver the sermon. “Is this an April Fool’s Day prank?”

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