Presiding Bishop-elect Michael B. Curry elevates the bread and wine during the Oct. 31 Vigil Celebration offered by the Union of Black Episcopalians at the D.C. Armory on the eve of his installation as the 27th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church and its primate. Joining him at the altar, from left, are the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, House of Deputies president; the Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn, soon-to-be Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Within The Episcopal Church; the Rev. Guy Leemhuis, a deacon in the Diocese of Los Angeles who served as the presiding bishop’s chaplain during the service; Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; the Rev. Christine L. McCloud, a deacon in the Diocese of Newark who served as Curry’s chaplain during the service; the Rev. Diane Peterson, a deacon in the Diocese of Connecticut who served as the deacon of the Mass; Former Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Bishop Nathan Baxter, UBE honorary national president; and the Rev. Canon Sandye Wilson, who preached during the service. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service


  1. Robert Parker says:

    Why is the vigil black or white or other wise. Why don’t they have a vigil for all of us?
    Without the racial tone?
    The Rev. Robert Parker (retired)

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