The popular and charismatic bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina is among four nominees for the position of Presiding Bishop, the highest elected post in the Episcopal Church, which has more than 2 million members in 17 countries.
The moment of truth will come at the church's 78th General Convention from June 25-July 3 in Salt Lake City.
If elected, Bishop Michael B. Curry, 62, who was elected by the Diocese of North Carolina in February 2000 and consecrated at Duke Chapel in June of that year, would become the first black bishop to hold the post of presiding bishop in this country.
Episcopal congregations in Chapel Hill include Chapel of the Cross, Church of the Holy Family and Church of the Advocate.
The election of the 27th Presiding Bishop will take place June 27, with members of the House of Bishops casting the actual votes. The result is then sent to the House of Deputies for confirmation, and the announcement is then made.
The consecration will take place at the National Cathedral in Washington on Nov. 1.
Other nominees for the post are Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, Bishop Ian T. Douglas of the Diocese of Connecticut and Bishop Dabney T. Smith of the Diocese of Southwest Fla.
The General Convention is held every three years to conduct business of the church. The convention is a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies, which has more than 800 members and the House of Bishops, which includes nearly 300 active and retired bishops.
The 2015 convention will mark the first presiding bishop election since 2006 when Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected. She announced almost a year ago that she would not seek a second nine-year term.
The Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road, will meet at 11 a.m. Sunday for its annual Earth Sabbath celebration at New Hope Camp and Conference Center, located next door to New Hope Presbyterian Church on N.C. 86 between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.
The gathering will be held on the back pavilion beside the playing field.
Brassissimo! will play and the “tri-sermon” will be given by Kay-Robert Volkwjn speaking about water; John E.P. Morrision, speaking about energy, especially solar; and Hope Shand, speaking about seeds, the first link in the food chain.
Folks are invited to come early to walk the labyrinth and to bring a picnic lunch for after the service. Wes & Co. will provide coffee and tea.
Visitors are welcome.
The Rev. Lynice Pinkard will lead the Adult Forum of United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., on Sunday. The forum begins at 10 a.m.
She has previously served as pastor of First Congregational Church of Oakland, Calif., but is now a hospital chaplain and speaker for social justice. Her article “Revolutionary Suicide: Risking Everything to Transform Society and Live Fully” published in “Tikkun” magazine, created a national awareness of her ministry. “Tikkun” is a quarterly interfaith Jewish publication that analyzes American and Israeli culture, politics, religion and history.
Pinkard is in the area for a worship/retreat with the Pickard's Mountain Eco-Institute.
Night at the movies
The Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee of the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist has invited the community to a “Night at the Movies” to view a documentary film.
“Shadows of Liberty” focuses on the significance of free media that allows open access to information for all. The film is being shown by Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country.
The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion will be held at the Varsity Theatre, 122 E. Franklin St.
Local panelists will be David Kasper, Oscar-winning filmmaker; Michelle Laws, executive director of the state NAACP; and Dani Martinez Moore, director Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project of the N.C. Justice Center, who will address how media affect your goals and what citizens can do to defend the public interest.
The panel moderator will be Wendy White, producer of “Seizing Power.”
A suggested donation at the door is $5.
Co-sponsors of the event are Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, the Empowerment Project and WCOM Community Radio 103.5 FM.
Contact Flo Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-361-4135.