[Episcopal News Service – London, U.K.] Punctuated by laughter and rousing applause, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry addressed a capacity crowd of 2,200 people at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, on Oct. 3, bringing a message of how love is the only thing that has the power to change the world.
Hosted by Paula Gooder, chancellor of St. Paul’s, Curry spoke for 90 minutes as part of the cathedral’s adult learning series about the importance of the Jesus Movement and God’s dream for the world and humankind.
Earlier, the presiding bishop joined a conversation with the Ven. Liz Adekunle, archdeacon of Hackney and chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II, about issues of racial justice in the U.K. and the U.S.
The event launched an initiative by St. Paul’s Institute – a forum for reflection, debate and education – that will investigate themes of justice, power and race in 21st-century Britain, listening to the experiences of those directly affected by asymmetrical race dynamics. The project will convene a 24-month task force that will produce a report proposing concrete policy recommendations for improving the access of black Britons into positions of leadership and power in all sectors of U.K. society.
On Oct. 2, Curry addressed an audience at Canterbury Cathedral about the power of music and how the songs his grandmother sang sowed a seed that influenced his faith journey and paved his pathway toward ordination. Full coverage can be found here.
– Matthew MacDonald is associate editor of the Episcopal News Service.