5:00 PM Dinner for the Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry
Monday, April 10, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will be in Amarillo on Monday, April 10, for a dinner at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, with a talk to follow inside St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church nave.
He plans to talk with diocesan clergy from 4:30 to about 5:30 p.m., then go to the dinner, which is scheduled at 5:00 p.m. at the school, located just to the north of the church. His talk at the church is set to begin at 7 p.m.
The events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP by contacting or by calling the church office (806) 376-6316 ext. 105.
“I don’t know the specific topic of his talk, but the overall message of any Michael Curry message, the overall message of his episcopacy, is that we are all a part of the Jesus Movement,” said St. Andrew’s Rector, the Rev. Dr. Robert Pace. “One of the hallmarks of his leadership is active participation as Christians in the world, active participants in the world. He believes the church is a movement. We shouldn’t just ‘go to church,’ we should actively participate. He will try to inspire us to be part of that.
“ ‘If it’s not about love, then it’s not about God,’ is on a Michael Curry poster someone gave me and that hangs in my office,” Pace said. “That’s what he believes, and that’s what he preaches.”
St. Andrew’s Church, located at 1601 S. Georgia St., holds about 350 to 375 people in the church, but if reservations go above that number, the parish will set up projection screens, speakers and seating in the parish hall for crowd overflow.
Pace said the visit to St. Andrew’s is part of a busy week of travel for Bishop Curry. The bishop of the The Episcopal Church’s Northwest Texas Diocese, Scott Mayer, is also the Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth. So Bishop Curry’s Texas trip will include a visit to Fort Worth at the end of this week, then some time at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene on April 8 and 9.
“I am so pleased that Presiding Bishop Curry is coming to our diocese,” Bishop Mayer said. “He calls himself the chief evangelism officer of our church, and with good reason. He really does love to tell the story. If you haven’t heard him preach, you are in for a treat! I know this Northwest Texas corner of the Jesus Movement will be Inspired and energized by his presence.”
Pace described the visits as “mirror events” in both parts of the Northwest Diocese of Texas. “Of course, we wanted him to see the school, so we scheduled dinner at the school,” he said.
Pace met Bishop Curry before he was elected head of The Episcopal Church in the United States.
“I met him before he was presiding bishop, and he’s very engaging in person,” Pace said. “He is phenomenal at pulling you in. I would describe his sermons and speeches as inspiring and tremendously well-informed. He has such a kind of electrifying style that he can reach his audience, reach a congregation, at many levels. But he also has a very clear message every time.”
He described the visit as “special and wonderful” since the Presiding Bishop doesn’t usually visit all dioceses during his or her term in office.
“He is so generous in his view of what we can be as a church that I think this is an opportunity for all of us to embrace his vision of what the Jesus Movement is and take this opportunity to be more. I like the opportunity of this visit,” he said.
Bishop Curry was born in Chicago, Ill., and celebrated his birthday just last month on March 13. He attended public schools in Buffalo, NY, graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, NY in 1975, and received the Master of Divinity degree three years later from Yale University Divinity School. He also has done continued study at The College of Preachers, Princeton Theological Seminary, Wake Forest University, the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary and the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies.
He was ordained to the priesthood in December 1978 at St. Stephen’s in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was rector from 1979-1982. He next moved to St. Simon of Cyrene in Ohio, where he served for five years, and in 1988 became rector of St. James in Baltimore, MD, where he served until his election as bishop. He was bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, from June 17, 2000, when he was consecrated at Duke Chapel, and in November of 2015 was installed as Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church.