SALT LAKE CITY – The Episcopal Church elected the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, as its Presiding Bishop today. Curry will be the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, which was founded in 1789.
Curry, who won on the first ballot, was elected the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on February 11, 2000.
“I treasure this church,” said Curry on his acceptance. “This is the church where I was baptized as a baby according to the1928 Prayer Book and this is the church I learned about Jesus. This is a good and wonderful church.”
“We are so blessed, and I am blessed, but just know that my heart is really full, said Curry. “We got a God, and there really is a Jesus. Nothing can stop the movement of God’s love in this world.”
Bishop Dabney Smith of the Diocese of Southwest Florida was one of four nominees put forward by the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop. The list also included The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas of the Diocese of Connecticut and The Rt. Rev. Tom Breidenthal of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. To compile the initial slate, the committee culled through a list of 165 nominations representing over 60 dioceses.
Bishop Elect Curry was elected on first ballot, with Curry 121 votes, Smith 21, Briedenthal 19 and Douglas 13.
The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church runs through July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City. The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with more than 800 clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church.
Below, a video of the House of Bishops departing worship on their way to the vote: