President Obama sends greetings to Presiding Bishop-elect Curry

Posted Jul 3, 2015

[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] President Barack Obama sent congratulations to Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry in a letter dated July 2. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church and the first female primate to serve in the Anglican Communion, read the president’s letter to Curry, who was elected June 27 as the first African-American presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, during the closing Eucharist of the 78th General Convention.

Here is the full letter of congratulations Obama sent to Curry.

During the closing Eucharist of General Convention on July 3, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori reads a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry, right, upon his election as the Episcopal Church's first African-American presiding bishop. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News Service

During the closing Eucharist of General Convention on July 3, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori reads a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry, right, upon his election as the Episcopal Church’s first African-American presiding bishop. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News Service


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  1. aleathia (dolores) nicholson says:

    I truly thank God (and the cardiac specialist and surgeon) that the dual news of Obama and Curry
    came after my quadruple bypass surgery or my poor worn-out heart would have surely conked out with all that news. During my lifetime of 78 years… MERCY ! and THANK YOU LORD GOD ALMIGHTY !

  2. Iris Ruth Slocombe says:

    My husband joins me in thanking the House of Bishops and the Lay Representatives of the Episcopal Church on the election of our 1st. African American Presiding Bishop.
    We also were delighted to hear the letter of congratulations from President Barack Obama.
    Now comes the nitty gritty hard work of fully supporting our new Presiding Bishop in his task, together with us all, in proclaiming and living the great commandment of Jesus to love God and our neighbors as ourselves…..perhaps the hardest objective to accomplish, but this we must do if we are to make any imprint for lasting good on our fractured and polarized world.
    Sincerely
    Iris R. Slocombe
    The Rev. Iris R. Slocombe (Rtd) The Diocese of Western Mexico.

  3. Carol Van Besien says:

    Bishop Elect Curry,
    My sincere congratulations to your future years as Presiding Bishop. I am pleased for you and send my very best wishes. You were in Buffalo as a youth and my brother-in-law (Elton Smith) and sister(Jill) remember you well. There are changes to face in the Church and thus far, most have resulted in positive endorsement from our parishioners here at St. Peter’s, Oxford, MS. May you have God’s grace as you walk the journey with your spiritual guidance to all of us.
    Carol Van Besien, St. Peter’s, Oxford, MS

  4. Megan Ogle says:

    I am a member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church. My sincere congratulations and blessings to your future as Presiding Bishop. May God continue to guide you as you pursue the future guiding the Episcopal congregations through these trying times in our communities. We need your spiritual guidance.
    May God walk with you on the rest of your journey with him.

  5. Robert Horwath says:

    Axios! Axios! Axios! Enuff said:)

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