The Most Rev. Michael Curry

Denomination: The Episcopal Church (TEC)

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He was elected at General Convention in 2015 and installed in November of that year.

For 15 years he served as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, based in Raleigh, NC. He was consecrated on June 17, 2000, at Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. 

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 13, 1953, Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, in 1975. He received the Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School. He has also 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.

Bishop Curry was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978, at St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo, New York, by the Rt. Rev. Harold B. Robinson and to the priesthood in December 1978, at St. Stephen's, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by the Rt. Rev. John M. Burgess.

He began his ministry as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen's, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1978 and was rector there from 1979-1982. He next accepted a call as rector at St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, Ohio, where he served from 1982-1988.

In 1988 he became rector of St. James', Baltimore, Maryland, which he served until his election as bishop.

In his three parish ministries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland, Bishop Curry had extensive involvement in Crisis Control Ministry, founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, preaching missions, the Absalom Jones initiative, creation of networks of family day care providers, creation of educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner city neighborhoods. He inspired a $2.5-million restoration of the St. James' church building after a fire. The St. James' After School Academy was designated a Jubilee Ministry by Presiding Bishop Edmund Browning.

Bishop Curry serves on the boards of a large number of organizations, including the Day1 Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Commission on Ministry in each of the three dioceses where he has served. He has a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanne and Yale.

He is married to the former Sharon Clement, and they have two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Most Rev. Michael Curry

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Give God the Glory

Friday October 24, 2008

Faith Can Move Mountains

Friday October 24, 2008

There's Strength in Love

Friday October 24, 2008

Can I Get a Witness? Faith & Global Hunger Part 4

Friday October 24, 2008
In part 4 of our special series, "Faith & Global Hunger," the Right Rev. Michael Curry, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, offers a stirring call to action to serve the poor in Jesus' name.

Keep the Faith

Friday October 24, 2008
In his sermon on Hebrews 10–11, Bishop Michael Curry encourages us not only to worship Jesus on Sunday, but to follow Jesus on Monday by taking up the challenging responsibilities of discipleship.

God Has a Dream

Friday October 24, 2008
God has a dream, a vision, a plan, a sublime divine intent for this world, and Jesus came to show us the way to live God's dream. Bishop Michael Curry says it's our responsibility to help others discover God's dream and live it.

Michael Curry: The King of Love

Friday October 24, 2008
As he explores Christ as King, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says that this way of love that Jesus teaches is unselfish, sacrificial, seeking the good and the welfare of others before my own unenlightened self-interest.

Articles by The Most Rev. Michael Curry

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Bishop Michael Curry: We Need Some Crazy Christians

Friday October 24, 2008
Forgive me for saying it this way, but Jesus was, and is, crazy! And those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way, are called and summoned and challenged to be just as crazy

Bishop Michael Curry: Some Strange Things Are Happening in Charlotte

Friday October 24, 2008
As Charlotte, N.C., readies for the coming of the Democratic National Convention in early September, all of the usual preparations are underway. And houses of worship are involved.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Don't Worry, Be Happy: Installation Sermon

Friday October 24, 2008
The Most Rev. Michael Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. Here's his sermon presented during the service at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.

The Most Rev. Michael Curry: Syrian refugee crisis: “Be not afraid!”

Friday October 24, 2008
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry addresses the current Syrian refugee crisis today...

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas Message

Friday October 24, 2008
'As the words were spoken on that night when Jesus was born, peace, good will to all people, God bless you, God keep you,' Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry says in his Christmas 2015 message.

The Most Rev. Michael Curry: The Season of Lent

Friday October 24, 2008
'The season of Lent is upon us,' Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry says in his Message for Lent 2016. 'It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world.'

The Most Rev. Michael Curry - Easter Message

Friday October 24, 2008
'This world does not need another fairy tale,' Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Easter 2016 Message. 'This week’s story of crucifixion and resurrection is not a fairy tale.'

Bishop Michael Curry: Voting Is a Christian Obligation

Friday October 24, 2008
'Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life,' Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in a video election message. 'And that is a Christian obligation. Indeed, we who follow in the Way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process.'

Bishop Michael Curry: Advent 3--Salvation: Not for Sale

Friday October 24, 2008
As twenty-first century followers of Christ, it is all too easy to take up with those earliest followers and only see the expected. If so, we will miss so much. Sure, we can pray and go to church and move forward knowing that God loves us ... and all this is good. All this is of God. But God wants more for us. God wants us to do more than just settle in our faith.

Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: World AIDS Day 2016

Friday October 24, 2008
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), have issued the following joint statement on 2016 World AIDS Day.

Bishop Michael Curry: Christmas Message 2016

Friday October 24, 2008
This child came to show us how to change the world. So this Christmas, make room for Him to change us. This Christmas help us change the world.

Bishop Michael Curry's Easter Message 2017

Friday October 24, 2008
'Go forth to be people of the Resurrection,' Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2017 message. 'Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.'

Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas 2017 Message

Friday October 24, 2008
“Have a blessed Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and go out and make music in the heart of the world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2017. Read or watch...

Bishop Michael Curry's Easter Message

Friday October 24, 2008
Hatred does not have the last word. Violence does not have the last word. Bigotry does not have the last word. Sin, evil do not have the last word. The last word is God, and God is love.

NEWS: Bishop Michael Curry to speak at Day1 Benefit Event in Atlanta

Friday October 24, 2008
The preacher whose Royal Wedding sermon inspired the world is coming to Atlanta this September. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, will speak at a benefit dinner for the Day1 media ministry on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Television by The Most Rev. Michael Curry

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The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry (Part 2) - Day1 Conversation on Faith and Global Hunger

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace in the fourth interview of our Faith and Global Hunger Series. The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina discusses the realities of hunger, even in the United States in states such as his, and how simply standing up for the hungry can change the world.

The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry (Part 1) - Day1 Conversation on Faith and Global Hunger

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace in the fourth interview of our Faith and Global Hunger Series. The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina discusses the realities of hunger, even in the United States in states such as his, and how simply standing up for the hungry can change the world.

Bishop Michael Curry: Crazy Christians

Friday October 24, 2008
In honor of the release of Bishop Michael Curry's new book, Crazy Christians, we thought we'd revisit the sermon that started it all. This was presented at last year's General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

Eucharist: The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry

Friday October 24, 2008
The Rt. Rev. Bishop Michael Curry speaks about the unity and beauty of the Eucharist in this video from New Tracts for Our Times.

Day1 Presents Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: "We Need Some Witnesses to the Way of Jesus!"

Friday October 24, 2008
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, offered a stirring message on the Jesus Movement and how we can play a role in reviving the mainline churches to follow the Way of Jesus today. Watch his unforgettable message now! And feel free to share it.

Day1 Presents Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: “We Need Some Witnesses to the Way of Jesus!”

Friday October 24, 2008
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, offered a stirring message on the Jesus Movement and how we can play a role in reviving the mainline churches to follow the Way of Jesus today. Watch his unforgettable message now! And feel free to share it.