On May 19, nearly 30 million people in the United States watched Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon on the power of God’s love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Since then, Curry has been interviewed or profiled by seemingly every major media outlet, from the BBC to ABC’s “The View” to the celebrity gossip site TMZ.
Curry did his part to seize this opportunity for evangelism, deliberately turning the conversations in interviews back to Jesus’ message of love’s power to change the world. Days after the royal wedding, in a bit of scheduling serendipity, he joined other ecumenical Christian leaders for a “Reclaiming Jesus” church service, procession and candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C. Though planned long before he was asked to preach at Windsor Castle, those events drew additional news coverage due to Curry’s sudden star power.
Of course, news cycles don’t last forever. If Curry was granted his Warholian 15 minutes of international fame, he succeeded in extending it by several days, weeks even. But he, the church and Episcopalians now are faced with the question, what’s next?
“Part of evangelism is helping the church to be more visible, just as a practical matter, and the other part of it is the church having a message that is worthy of the hearing,” Curry told Episcopal News Service in a phone interview May 31, recapping the whirlwind of his past few weeks. “And this has nothing to do with Michael Curry. Jesus figured this out. Jesus was right. This way of love is the only way of life. That’s it.”
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This story is excerpted from “After royal wedding media blitz, Presiding Bishop spurs Episcopalians to spread message of Jesus’ love,” by David Paulsen from Episcopal News Service, June 1, 2018.