Before he became world-famous with his sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Most Rev. Michael Curry was here at VTS in February 2018. He was on campus to preach and lecture as part of our Center for Anglican Communion Studies' (CACS) 20th anniversary year addressing the theme, “Why the Episcopal Church Needs World Anglicanism
.” As this academic year draws to a close, we look back on the visit of the Presiding Bishop and share this video in which Bishop Curry sat down with me for a conversation about the future of the Center, Church, and Communion. In the video, the Presiding Bishop says, “the tripod that you [CACS] have, of reflection, resourcing and reconciliation, is the present and the future…ultimately, reconciliation is the goal, and it is God’s goal.”
Along with its commitment to gather people together in theological reflection and developing resources for Episcopalians worldwide, CACS takes seriously this charge from the Presiding Bishop and other key leaders in the Anglican Communion. Reconciliation is not easy. Too often it is cheapened by avoiding the difficult issues related to how history is read, how race is constructed, and how identities become defined over against each other.
Our Presiding Bishop is not interested in cheap reconciliation and that is a blessing to the seminary and to the Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry, as Primate of the Church, continues to speak love, grace, and peace consistently and eloquently whatever the context. If you only watch one video clip of Bishop Curry today, make it this one
The Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil
Associate Professor of Christian Mission
Director, Center for Anglican Communion Studies