Video: Election message from the Presiding Bishop

 

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop  Michael Curry has issued a video message on the national election on Nov. 8.

The video is available here  and is available closed-captioned.

The following is the text of the message.


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Post – Election Message
November 9, 2016

Hello.  We’re filming this on Election Day before the results of the presidential and other elections are in.  But there’s some thoughts I wanted to share with you, and a prayer I’d like to offer.

Twenty-five years ago Robert Fulghum published a book, All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and in that book he talked about the kinds of things we learned as children, especially in kindergarten:

Share everything. 
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t hit people.
Play fair.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. 

We learned those as children, and those were lessons for life.

I remember as a child, and I suspect you learned as well, the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Listen to those words again:

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

That Pledge of Allegiance and those words were taught to us as children, but they’re meant for us as adults and as a country.

We will elect a president. We will elect officer holders. Some will be Republicans. Some will be Democrats. Some will be Independents. But that will be the democratic process.  That’s how we govern ourselves in our country, and we will all live with the results of those elections, but we will all live together as fellow Americans, as citizens. And so the time will come, to bind up our wounds, to overcome our differences, to reconcile with each other, to reach out to those who differ with us, and to be Americans.

One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

And an America like that will truly be a shining city upon a hill.

And so a prayer that I also learned as a little child, the words of James Weldon Johnson:

     God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on our way;
Thou who has by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;

     Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
And true to our native land.

God bless you, God keep you, and reach out in love to your fellow citizens.

Comments

  1. Kathy McClure says:

    Thank you Bishop Curry, for this winderful reminder and prayer. God bless and keep you also.

  2. Father Mike Waverly-Shank says:

    That was a wonderful message – Especially the part from the [ledge about liberty and justice for all. I am part of an inter racial family and have been afraid the make America great again really meant make American white again!

    • llola Maoris says:

      HOPE SO!

    • Francis Bagbey says:

      Not in the spirit of the Bishop’s message and granted it was your fear speaking, making America white again was nowhere in Trump’s message, express or implied. What in anything Trump said or did prompted your fear? I’d really like to know. thanks

      • The Rev. Scott Arnold says:

        We all pray that this man will not continue to be as deplorable as he has been…Racist– “Miss Housekeeping”… Misogenist.–“Grab them by the pXXXy,” ….Liar–too many to name…Un-American…tax dodger, friend of Putin…. Our Presiding Bishop was being gracious under the assumption that Clinton would win and that the large number of Republican Episcopalians would be very upset. He was speaking peace to them, and had no idea this man who represents the worst of America could actually win. Good thing we belong to a different kingdom, because this one is in deep trouble.

  3. Carole Gilman says:

    Thank you , Bishop Curry!!

  4. Thanks Bishop Curry.

  5. Joyce Kauffman says:

    Very helpful reminders, Bishop Curry and even more so since you chose to cleverly write and post them before the election results were evident.

    Joyce Kauffman, parishioner at Grace & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs, CO.

  6. Vicki Gray says:

    In the midst of my struggle this morning with my “opportunity to testify” this Sunday, I thank you for these words of comfort, hope, and solidarity.

  7. Thurma L. Hilton says:

    Thank you, Bishop Curry. You are a blessing and gift to us. I appreciate the always kind, thoughtful, and gentle words and prayers you offer to inspire us. Blessings and Peace to you.

  8. Carolyn George says:

    Thank you for your words and prayer Bishop Curry. We all have to come together
    and be united in this wonderful country. We can accomplish so much
    working together.

  9. Michael Stockdell says:

    A wonderful, wonderful little essay. How can an Episcopalian think otherwise.

  10. Judy Lane says:

    Dear Bishop Michael, Your words today are so loving, and so hopeful. Thank you for being who you are, and being among us at a puzzling, trying time. You give me hope for the future even as we cope with the present.

    Judy Lane

  11. The Rev. Billie Mae Gordon says:

    Thank you for your words of wisdom.

  12. Janice Evans says:

    Thank you, Bishop Curry.

  13. Gina Curran says:

    Thank you for these wonderful words. We all needed to hear them and be reminded of these simple truths. God bless us all and God bless America.

  14. Karen Morgan says:

    Thank you Bishop Curry. I read your message with tears in my eyes as I am still in disbelief and shock that this country has elected a man who consistently preached and raved against everything that I have always been taught and have known and believed in my life – tolerance, love, acceptance, tolerance, etc. I am struggling with this national decision and know that I must accept what has happened, but am so very frightened that all the horrible things he said he would do if he became president actually happens. I fear for this generation and for my grandchildren and their families. I will continue to pray for peace and for acceptance.

    • Francis Bagbey says:

      It’s sad that you feel this way. I saw nowhere near the “horrible things” you saw in Trump. I assume you were comfortable with Mrs. Clinton’s characterization of some Trump supporters as the irredeemably deplorable (and she professes to be a Christian in the Methodist version; isn’t redemption one of the principal tenets or offers of Christianity?). I pray that Trump will be nowhere near as deplorable as your current fears.

      • The Rev. Scott Arnold says:

        We all pray that this man will not continue to be as deplorable as he has been…Racist– “Miss Housekeeping”… Misogenist.–“Grab them by the pXXXy,” ….Liar–too many to name…Un-American…tax dodger, friend of Putin…. Our Presiding Bishop was being gracious under the assumption that Clinton would win and that the large number of Republican Episcopalians would be very upset. He was speaking peace to them, and had no idea this man who represents the worst of America could actually win. Good thing we belong to a different kingdom, because this one is in deep trouble.

  15. Ken Bronsil says:

    Very strong guidance, and very timely. Thank you!

  16. Hugh Hansen, Ph.D. says:

    Presiding Bishop Curry, your guidance and your prayer will work regardless of who is elected. Now the election is over and the people have spoken and there is opportunity for us to carry out our lives just as your guidance has indicated. Under God’s merciful care we can proceed and build (Rebuild) our nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you for your devout leadership of the Episcopal Church. May we like the country seek to find solutions to our problems, agreement in our differences, and a tie that binds us to one another and to God.

  17. Betsy Murphy says:

    I would like to get a copy of the video that I can embed onto our church website.

  18. Anne Johnson says:

    My own thoughts turn to the poet W.B. Yeats’ question: “What rough beast, its hour come at last slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?”

  19. Thank you Bishop Curry for always being the voice of reason , and the messenger of light for us in dark times.
    We heard you preach in Charleston, and at home in the mountains of NC, o, we watch all videos we can find in order to listen to your sermons… On this path of uncertainty and fear after this election,,,, your voice is a comfort and we continue to find solace as well as strength in your messages.
    Thank you for caring so deeply for us all,,,,
    , and we pray, in return,,,,, And Also With You.

  20. Robin Somerville says:

    I trust this will bring unity to those who feel there party lost. But we all gain when we consider the words that you give .May God lead this land always and may we bless whoever becomes our new leader. God bless our people and our country. Thank you sir for your inspiration

  21. Frank E. Tate, III says:

    A most befitting reflection from The Most Rev’d in God Michael Curry, of The Episcopal Branch of The Jesus Movement ..
    Listen to Him, and fellow bishops.
    God, is Still on the THRONE.

  22. Phil Monroe says:

    “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

    Sorry, but I am old enough to have learned the POA without the “under God” added phrase. It was added during the 50’s cold war era, and is exclusive. It should be removed to make us “one nation”.

  23. Catherine Gray says:

    Thank you Bishop Curry. your words gave me comfort and hope i following the election. I pray for all those who are having great difficulty with the results.

  24. Elaine Jones says:

    Dear Bishop Curry,
    Thank you for your wise words of council. You are a voice of calm in this age of noise. I’ve heard you preach several times at church and via video. Your words are powerful and convey a message of unity. My spirit has been troubled by the results of this election but I’ll take to heart your words. We are children of God and our citizenship is in heaven. God bless you and keep you. God bless our leaders with wisdom.

  25. Madlyn Springston says:

    I received your words with such gratitude. My heart has been struggling to hear a voice such as yours speaking in leadership. Your words sound like a compass in this confused political mess. I was just received a couple weeks ago and I feel assured I have made the right choice in joining hands with the Episcopal Church

  26. The Rev'd Carl A. Byrd says:

    Thank you Bishop Curry and with you I Pray for Peace+++

  27. Robert G.Walker says:

    Thank you, Bishop Michael, for the loving care you bring to the church and to the world. I have heard you preach frequently, and your loving counsel and concern are always there in the midst of your consistent Gospel proclamation. We are all blessed by your ministry.

    The Rev. Dr. Robert G.Walker, Lutheran Pastor Associate at Holy Comforter, Burlington, NC

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