Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's visit to our diocese
April 8-10, 2016 in Charleston
The Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry, will visit Charleston April 8-10 to preach, worship and visit with people from across The Episcopal Church in South Carolina at special events at five downtown churches.
Presiding Bishop Curry's major public appearance in Charleston will be on Saturday, April 9 at Church of the Holy Communion, 218 Ashley Ave., when he gives the keynote address at an all-day educational conference titled "Spirituality, Evangelism, and Justice: Telling the Story, Sharing the Message of The Jesus Movement."
In 2015, Presiding Bishop Curry was elected by an overwhelming margin to a nine-year term as the 27th Presiding Bishop, becoming the first African American to serve in that position. He often refers to the church as "The Jesus Movement" and is known for his dynamic speaking style and passion for evangelism. He is also a Primate in the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which The Episcopal Church is a province, and in January represented the church at a meeting of the Anglican Primates with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg, Bishop of TECSC, said local Episcopalians are thrilled to receive an official visit so early in the Presiding Bishop's term in office.
“Bishop Curry has always been a strong advocate for the marginalized and the underdog. He is passionate about the relevance of Jesus Christ in today's world. And he has been a good friend for The Episcopal Church in South Carolina,” Bishop vonRosenberg said. “We will be delighted to welcome him here once again, this time as our Presiding Bishop.”
TECSC, one of 108 dioceses and three regional areas that make up The Episcopal Church, underwent a reorganization three years ago after a breakaway group left the church. The Presiding Bishop – who at that time was Bishop of North Carolina and already a nationally known speaker and author – has been strongly supportive of the diocese and preached at the Diocesan Convention in February 2014.
At the April 9 conference, Presiding Bishop Curry will give the keynote address, leading off a slate of panel discussions, talks, and music from the Gospel/Concert Choir of Voorhees College. Speakers and topics include:
A registration fee of $35 includes the day’s events plus lunch. The conference will conclude with a service of Holy Eucharist with the Presiding Bishop as celebrant and the Rev. Dr. C.K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church, preaching. The conference is sponsored by The Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, a non-profit group whose mission is to offer and support educational programs. To register, visit episcopalforumofsc.org.
Other highlights of the visit:
The worship services are open to the public; however, seating is expected to be limited. Registration for the Episcopal Forum's conference on Saturday is open to all.
Saturday, April 9
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Youth lock-in April 8-9
Join middle and high school youth from all over The Episcopal Church in South Carolina for a night of food, fun, and new friends at Grace Church Cathedral. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will meet with us during the evening and then we will have a dance party with a DJ til the wee hours of the morning (music provided by DJ Josh Silverman, aka Professor Ping). Saturday morning, we will help our community by packing food at Church of the Holy Communion.
$20 registration fee includes all
food, drinks and a t-shirt.
More details are here.
Live webcast on April 10
Grace Church Cathedral plans to offer live streaming video of the11:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist onSunday, April 10, where the Presiding Bishop will preach. A link will be available on the cathedral's website – watch for more details in April.