Amid pomp and pageantry, the Episcopal Church installed its 27th leader, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, at a service in Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral on Sunday. Much like the earthquake-damaged Gothic cathedral itself, the denomination has been shaken in recent years by membership loss and property feuds that seem destined to drag on in the courts for years.
As the first person of African-American descent to be elected to lead the denomination (whose membership is 87 percent white) Curry is a first for the denomination, succeeding its first female presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori. Curry’s record of supporting liberal changes to the church’s teachings on marriage and sexuality is in line with Jefferts Schori’s own views, likely continuing tensions between the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion’s growing and biblically-minded global south. But Curry also embraces evangelical language about relationship with Jesus and affirms his literal bodily resurrection, something that his predecessor has spoken of only in vague terms.
In his Sunday sermon, Curry portrayed a gospel centered upon what people do for God and others, rather than what God accomplished through Jesus Christ.
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