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Rankin Chapel Hosts First Black Presiding Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church


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Rankin Chapel Hosts First Black Presiding Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church 

WASHINGTON (September 18, 2015) – Howard University and the broader community will gather this  Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel to hear the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry. Bishop Curry will be installed in November as the first Black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry, 62, is the bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina who made history on June 27, when he was selected by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention to be its 27th presiding bishop. Bishop Curry was elected on the first ballot by the House of Bishops from a slate of four nominees and received 121 votes out of a total 174 cast. “The presiding bishop is primate and chief pastor of the church, chair of the Executive Council, and president of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society,” noted the Episcopal Digital Network. Bishop Curry will begin a nine-year term on Nov.  1.  Presently, he serves as the chair of the Episcopal Relief and Development’s Board of Directors. He is also no stranger to the metropolitan area, having been the rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Baltimore. “I am excited by the election of Bishop Curry, and I am also excited by the opportunity for our community to hear one of the nation’s most outstanding spiritual leaders,” said Dr. Bernard Richardson, dean of the Chapel. The service will be held at Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the Chapel Office at 202-806-7280.



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