The popular and charismatic bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina is among four nominees for Presiding Bishop, the top 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 on 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 of 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.
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.
Episcopal congregations in Durham include Saint Luke, Saint Stephens, St. Philip’s and St. Titus.
To support the team from Christ the King Church going to Nicaragua in June, the church is selling traditional Moravian chicken pies from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday
These all-meat pies sell for $11 and are the same traditional ones sold at the church’s Moravian Bazaar every November.
The church team will help Young Life Nicaragua build the Vida Joven youth camp. Vida Joven reaches hundreds of at-risk youth with the Christian gospel.
The church is located at 4405 Hope Valley Road. Payment accepted by cash, check or credit card.
A thrift-store fashion show titled “Hidden Treasures” and luncheon are on tap at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the May meeting of the Durham Women’s Connection, a part of Stonecroft Ministries.
The event is held in the dining room at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pakway.
Special speaker on the topic “Weaving a Tapestry” will be Ernie Parker-Woods. The cost, including a hot buffet lunch is $10.
The Rev. Curtis Gatewood, a well known Durham minister and community activist in the state, has released a music video titled “We Want Justice” in response to the ongoing killings of unarmed African Americans by law enforcement officials in the country.
The video mentions Trayvon Martin whose killer professed to be a community watch volunteer. Also recognized is 17-year-old Lennon Lacy of Bladenboro, whose case is pending an FBI investigation. Lacy was found hanging in August of last year.
Gatewood said, “The video will serve as a refreshing and inspirational option to offset the toxic daily flow of today’s demeaning lyrics where all too many songs instill black self-hatred, promote sexual promiscuity, reinforce negative black stereotypes, glamorize criminal and violent behavior and help to serve as one of the engines in the pipeline to prison.”
The video was published on YouTube about a week ago. Gatewood believes the song has potential to become a hit single as a crossover of gospel, hip hop and R&B.
His hope is that the video and song will remind the nation that black youth are not from a race of “criminals and thugs,” he said.
“For generations they have been casualties of the monstrosity of racism. They can be the greatest of the greats when given a chance.”
Gatewood is a coordinator for the Thousands on Jones Street People’s Coalition, working with the state NAACP president, the Rev. William Barber, in coordinating the agenda for these assemblies.
The documentary film “Firestone and the Warlord” will be shown Friday at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 402 E. Main St.
It investigates the secret relationship between the American tire company Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. The film is a recent recipient of an award from the nonprofit journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.
According to the judges: “This reporting collaboration tells a gripping story of how Firestone managed to continue operating during the brutal Liberian civil war. Sources include diplomatic cables, court documents and accounts from Americans who ran a rubber plantation as Liberia descended into chaos.”
The 7 p.m. event is free but donations accepted.
Discussion will follow the film and includes Durham residents who lived through the Liberian civil war.
The congregation at Epworth United Methodist on Hope Valley Road has already received the announcement that it will be getting a new senior pastor in July.
The Rev. Karen Whitaker, now pastor of Soapstone United Methodist in Raleigh, where she has served for the past seven years, will preach for the first time at Epworth on July 5.
She has worked in the Raleigh/Cary area for most of her ministry. She is a Duke Divinity School graduate and a Preacher’s Kid.
The Rev. Hope Vickers, who’s been at Epworth for six years, is retiring to live at Oak Island.
Folks familiar with United Methodist church polity are aware that new pastor assignments are made by the bishop (including consultation with churches involved, however) and are officially announced at the annual North Carolina Conference in June.
Evidently, the church is becoming less restrictive about these announcements that in years past were often top secret until the words fell straight from the mouth of the bishop!
Duke Chapel’s 11 a.m. worship on Sunday will be the first Sunday service in Baldwin Auditorium. Dean of the Chapel Luke Powery will preach.
Those attending may park for free in the parking lots on East Campus. Handicap parking is available in the Brown and Bishop lots off Buchanan Boulevard. Golf carts will be available to take people to and from these lots. Drop-off and pick-up is available behind the auditorium at the Baldwin Loop off Markham Avenue.
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