God is ready for resurrection — are you?

Excerpted from Father Dave’s sermon on Feb. 26, 2017, the last Sunday of Epiphany:

At the end of Black History Month, I was watching a program which traced some of the evolution — to date — of the lie and sin which is racism, and the very slow healing of that sin.

One aspect of that sin of which I am aware, but have become more deeply aware, is the ironic presence of that sin within the Church.

I’ve always been fascinated by our history. We brought men and women from Africa almost as if we were herding cattle. Yet the black persons we treated so cruelly found within the faith we proclaimed a liberating faith of their own, and celebrated it — often in secret — with a joy and strength that, at times, embarrasses me.

Perhaps that’s why Christianity came to bring faith and healing to those we treated as less than God’s children. We preached it, they lived it! Continue reading

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visits Pittsburgh, McKeesport during revival tour

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Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop Dorsey McConnell, far left; the Rev. Lorena Ringle; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and creation, helped close out the revival with Eucharist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in McKeesport. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service

By the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg
Episcopal News Service

The old church tradition of the revival received new life in the Diocese of Pittsburgh Feb. 3-5 with a distinctly Episcopal feel.

The emphasis was on both sparking individuals’ faith lives and a commitment to show the love of Jesus beyond the four walls of their churches. Anchoring Episcopal revivals in the needs of the world was a constant theme of the weekend.

“Episcopal Church, we need you to follow Jesus. We need you to be the countercultural people of God who would love one another, who would care when others could care less, who would give, not take,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said during his Feb. 5 sermon at Calvary Episcopal Church in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Continue reading

Presiding bishop to visit McKeesport

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The leader of 3 million Anglicans in the United States and in other provinces around the world will visit McKeesport on Feb. 5 to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and encourage local churches to continue their missions to the Mon Valley.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, will preach and celebrate the Holy Eucharist at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 11 a.m.

The service is open to the public and will be broadcast online by McKeesport internet radio station WMCK.FM.

Curry, the 27th presiding bishop, is visiting Pittsburgh in the first of five planned revivals in Episcopal dioceses around the country, a spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh said. Curry will lead worship, preach, listen and speak at a series of events centered around two themes central to his ministry: evangelism and racial reconciliation.

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