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New Episcopal Church Leader Calls for Crossing Racial Lines

The U.S. Episcopal Church now has its first ever black leader. The 62-year-old Michael Curry on Sunday became the U.S. Episcopal Church’s first black leader. Before that, Curry served for 15 years as the leader of the Diocese of North Carolina. During yesterday’s ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral, Curry called Episcopalians to cross divides of race, education and wealth for the Gospel. He said, “God has not given up on the world and God is not finished with the Episcopal Church yet.” The New York-based denomination, which has made news several times in recent years for controversial theological moves and tensions with Anglicans around the world, has about 1.9 million members.

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