Video: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: ‘This is the Jesus Movement’

Posted Nov 2, 2015

Bishop Michael Curry Intro

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “This is the Jesus Movement, and we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world,” Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry says in his first address as Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church.

Filmed at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, Presiding Bishop Curry continues, “Now is our time to go. To go into the world, let the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let us go, and that that love can set us all free.”

The transcript of his video message in English and Spanish follows.

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

A Word to the Church

God came among us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth to show us the Way.  He came to show us the Way to life, the Way to love.  He came to show us the Way beyond what often can be the nightmares of our own devisings and into the dream of God’s intending.  That’s why, when Jesus called his first followers he did it with the simple words “Follow me.”

“Follow me,” he said, “and I will make you fish for people.”

Follow me and love will show you how to become more than you ever dreamed you could be.  Follow me and I will help you change the world from the nightmare it often is into the dream that God intends.  Jesus came and started a movement and we are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.

Near the end of Matthew’s Gospel story of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Mary Magdalene and some of the women go to the tomb to anoint his body.  When they get there they find that the tomb is empty, the stone has been rolled away and there is no body there.  Then they see and hear an angel who says to them, “This Jesus of Nazareth whom you seek, he is not here, he has been raised as he said he would be and he has now gone ahead of you to Galilee.  There you will see him.  It is in Galilee that the Risen Lord will be found and seen for he has gone ahead of us.”

Which is a way of talking about the world.
In the streets of the city.
In our rural communities.
Galilee in our hospitals.
Galilee in our office places.
Galilee where God’s children live and dwell there.
In Galilee you will meet the living Christ for He has already gone ahead of you.

A few years ago I was in a coffee shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, just a few blocks away from our Diocesan House there.  While in line I started a conversation with a gentleman who turned out to be a Mennonite pastor.  He had been sent to Raleigh to organize a church in the community on the streets without walls.  As we were talking over our coffee, he said something to me that I have not forgotten.  He said the Mennonite community asked him to do this because they believed that in this environment in which we live, the church can no longer wait for its congregation to come to it, the church must go where the congregation is.

Now is our time to go.  To go into the world to share the good news of God and Jesus Christ.  To go into the world and help to be agents and instruments of God’s reconciliation.  To go into the world, let the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let us go, and that that love can set us all free.

This is the Jesus Movement, and we are The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world.

God bless you, and keep the faith.

Obispo primado Michael B. Curry

Una palabra a la Iglesia

Dios vino [a habitar] entre nosotros en la persona de Jesús de Nazaret para mostrarnos el Camino. Él vino a mostrarnos el Camino  a la vida, el Camino al amor.  Vino a mostrarnos el Camino más allá de lo que con frecuencia pueden ser las pesadillas de nuestras propias concepciones y a convertirlas en el sueño del propósito de Dios. Es por eso que cuando Jesús llamó a sus primeros seguidores lo hizo con una simple palabra: “síganme”.

“Síganme”, dijo “y les haré pescadores de hombres”.

El seguirme y el amor les mostrará cómo llegar a ser más de lo que jamás soñaron que podían ser. Síganme y les ayudaré a cambiar el mundo de pesadilla, que con frecuencia es, al sueño de lo que Dios tiene pensado. Jesús vino y comenzó un movimiento y nosotros somos la rama episcopal del movimiento de Jesús.

En el relato de la resurrección de Jesús de los muertos, casi al final del evangelio de Mateo, María Magdalena y algunas mujeres van a la tumba a ungir su cadáver. Cuando llegan allí encuentran que la tumba está vacía, que han descorrido la piedra  y que no hay ningún cuerpo. Luego ven y oyen a un ángel que le dicen: “Este Jesús de Nazaret, a quien buscan, no está aquí, ha resucitado tal como dijo y va delante de ustedes a Galilea. Allí le verán”. Es en Galilea donde encontraremos y veremos al Señor Resucitado que ha ido delante de nosotros.

Que es una manera de referirse al mundo.
En las calles de la ciudad.
En nuestras comunidades rurales.
Galilea en nuestros hospitales.
Galilea en nuestras oficinas.
Galilea donde los hijos de Dios viven y moran.
In Galilea encontrarán al Cristo vivo porque ya él ya ha marchado delante de ustedes.

Hace unos pocos años, estaba en una cafetería en Raleigh, Carolina del Norte, a unas pocas cuadras de nuestra Casa Diocesana. Mientras hacía la cola comencé a conversar con un señor que resultó ser un pastor menonita. Lo habían enviado a Raleigh para organizar una comunidad religiosa sin muros, en las calles. Me dijo que la comunidad menonita le había pedido hacer esto porque creían que, en este ambiente en que vivimos, la Iglesia ya no puede esperar a que su congregación acuda a ella, sino que la Iglesia debe ir allí donde se encuentra la congregación.

Ahora es nuestro momento de salir. De ir al mundo a compartir las buenas de Dios en Jesucristo. De ir al mundo y ayudar a ser agentes e instrumentos de la reconciliación de Dios. Ir al mundo, para que el mundo sepa que hay un Dios que nos ama, un Dios que no nos desamparará, y que ese amor puede liberarnos a todos.

Este es el Movimiento de Jesús, y nosotros somos la Iglesia Episcopal, la rama episcopal del Movimiento de Jesús en el mundo.

Dios les bendiga y les guarde en la fe.


Comments (8)

  1. susan zimmerman says:

    …we live in the time of the Holy Spirit (she) רוח…Jesus is in heaven

  2. Karen Requa Higgins says:

    Congratulations and Best Wishes, Bishop Curry.

    Someone on the Episcopalians on Facebook page has suggested that your extraordinary and wonderful speeches also be translated in ASL so that everyone will be able to “hear” your words. Thank you!

    1. Mike Collins says:

      The above video does have closed captions.

  3. Mark Geisler says:


  4. Rev Israel Anchan says:

    The worship was wonderfully incorporated with different cultures, and attended by people of other faiths. I saw the beauty of traditional and contemporary worship together. It is a good lesson for all churches to know that we can mix and match well in local congregations.
    His sermon was very appropriate for the occasion. A 20th century Sri-Lankan Theologian and scholar, Rev. Dr. D. T. Niles, defined a task of evangelism…One beggar telling another beggar where to get food. In a similar way, our newly installed 27th presiding Bishop Rt. Rev. Michael Curry preached of Evangelism by giving an example of a Good Samaritan story which fit into the 21st century that reached out to everyone. He did not forget to mention the importance of reconciliation. His interpretation on the sermon text Acts 17, verse 6, “When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also’” was very interesting as well as inspiring.
    I did not realize that he preached for over 30 minutes until I read it today in the Episcopal News Service (ENS). Undoubtedly, it is unusual for many Episcopalians if a preacher stretches their sermon beyond 15 minutes. However, this is a wakeup call to all Episcopalians including pastors that we could turn the world upside down by following Jesus’ model. Bishop Curry is a Charismatic preacher and a leader, and my congregation and I will keep him, his family as well as his challenging ministry in our daily prayers and thoughts.
    Rev. Israel Anchan

  5. Jim Coleman says:

    Thanks PB Curry! I like your use of media to spread the Episcopal version Jesus’ message throughout the world. So often Evangelism has been seen as an exclusive message. You are proof that we can be Episcopal Evangelists. Long ago in Chicago ~ 1956 when I was about 7 my mother hired a black woman to come to clean our house. Evelyn was the first black person I had ever met. In the driveway alone I very sincerely and innocently asked her why her ski was black. She said, “We are all flowers in God’s Garden and He loves them all.” This metaphor has stood the test of time for me. I love having the “Episcopal branch” of the Jesus movement as the basis of my Faith. Thanks for bring so much enthusiasm, power, and relevance to all those beautiful words and symbols that make us “Episcopal.”

  6. Richard McClellan says:

    I like the new Presiding Bishop. God bless him and The Episcopal Church.

  7. Bruce Reynolds says:

    are veterans included. every day 20 vets . take there lives does the church care?

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