Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Olympia Visit for Royal Wedding Bishop Curry

Above: Episcopal Presiding Bishop Most Reverend Michael Curry, who preached at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is coming to Olympia in June. Photo of Curry is a screenshot from BBC America.

By Janine Gates
Little Hollywood

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who captured the world’s attention by preaching a show-stopping sermon at the May 19 royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will visit St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia on Saturday, June 16, at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

St. Johns is located in the South Capitol neighborhood at 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia.

Nearly two billion people worldwide reportedly watched Curry speak at the wedding of the couple now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

During his 14 minute sermon, Curry spoke to the power of love and invoked the messages of Martin Luther King Jr. Clips of his sermon are available online.

The Episcopal Church has a hierarchy of bishops led by Presiding Bishop Curry. Curry will visit St. Johns with the Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, the Right Reverend Greg Rickel. 

Curry will be speaking at other public events across the diocese.

On Thursday, June 14, Curry will be preaching at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle.

Parishioners of St. Christopher’s Community Church of Olympia, St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church of Lacey and St. John’s Episcopal Church of Olympia will be chartering a bus to go up to Seattle to hear Curry.

Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church, has long been known for his passionate, powerful, and progressive preachings. He was one of the first to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in churches in North Carolina.

According to CNN, Curry plans to participate in a candlelight vigil and protest in front of the White House on Thursday. 

He will be joined by leaders from Christian churches who say they are concerned about a “dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches.”

Above: St. Johns Episcopal Church in Olympia.

Editor's Note/Correction, May 24: The time Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will speak at St. John's will be 10:30 a.m., not 11:00 a.m.