The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church
The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee
Twelfth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago (2008-2020)
Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times
The 8:00 PM CT “After-Hours” event is now CANCELLED. In light of the Chauvin verdict, Bishop Curry will be doing a livestream virtual service tonight on Facebook at 8:00 PM CT with the Episcopal Church of Minnesota, and Bishop Lee will be tending to parishioners in Milwaukee. They will be in service where they are needed most.
The 7:00 PM CT main webinar will take place as scheduled, and Bishops Curry and Lee will discuss the trail outcome. We will end the webinar at 7:50 PM to allow Bishop Curry a few minutes to prepare for the other livestream.
In his latest book, Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times, The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, weaves together stories from his own life with messages of how we can all live the way of love. While Bishop Curry may be known in popular culture for his sermon at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, his life work has been to fight for human and equal rights, the respect and recognition of immigrants at the border and Indigenous people, and the LGBTQ+ community. His work is based in the simple idea that if we live the way of love, we can change the world for the better.
In Love is the Way, Bishop Curry shares stories about his ancestors and what he learned about life while sitting in his grandmother’s kitchen (she was the daughter of sharecroppers, granddaughter of slaves, taught in old country segregated schools and buried a husband who fought in the segregated WWII units), his journey to realizing the need for a change in how the church approaches LGBTQ+, revelations when standing with Indigenous Peoples at Standing Rock, and his theory of what Desmond Tutu and Dolly Parton have in common. The way of love has not only been a guiding light but a beacon to an America (and a worldwide community) that is just and free.
Love comes in many forms – romantic love, brotherly love – but what Bishop Curry is talking about here is agape – the love for one another or sacrificial love that seeks the good and wellbeing of others. It is love that transcends religion or gender or background – it is the balm that can heal. The way of love is essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the world today: poverty, racism, selfishness, deep ideological divisions, competing claims to speak for God. Love is the Way leads readers to discover the gifts they need to live the way of love: deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, simple wisdom, the discipline of nonviolence, and unshakable regard for human dignity.
Bishop Curry will be in conversation with The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, the twelfth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago (2008-2020) that includes 34,000 Episcopalians in 127 congregations across northern and west central Illinois.
This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.