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Episcopal Church Elects First Black Presiding Bishop

North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry elected as 27th Presiding Bishop

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention made history June 27 when it chose Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry to be its 27th presiding bishop.

Curry, 62, was elected by the House of Bishops from a slate of four nominees on the first ballot. He received 121 votes of a total 174 cast. Diocese of Southwest Florida Bishop Dabney Smith received 21, Diocese of Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas Breidenthal, 19, and Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, 13. The number of votes needed for election was 89.

Curry’s election was confirmed an hour later by the House of Deputies, as outlined in the church’s canons, by a vote of 800 to 12.

He will serve a nine-year term that officially begins Nov. 1. On that date, Curry will succeed current Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and he will become the first person of color to hold that position.

A liturgy marking the beginning of Curry’s ministry as presiding bishop and primate will be celebrated Nov. 1, All Saints Day at Washington National Cathedral.

Grew up in a multi-denominational family. Part black Baptist, some Catholic, and UCC – and a number of Episcopalians. Best wishes to Bishop Curry, and his flock.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Philly Team Wins National Polo Championship

These young men from West Philly became the first African American Team to win the National Polo Championship. Under the heading – Young folks can do anything they set their mind to…

West Philly team wins national crown in sport of kings

Philadelphia’s own “Cowtown Work to Ride” polo team made history this weekend, becoming the first all African American polo team to win the U.S. Polo Association Interscholastic Championship.  The Work to Ride program is a non-profit based in Fairmount Park that serves inner city youth .  The team beat one from Baltimore 24 to 17 to take the national title.

The win caps a year of firsts for the Work to Ride polo team.  Several weeks ago, the West Philadelphia teens became the first all African American team to win a regional championship.  Now, they’re number one in the nation.

“Emotionally, I didn’t know how to react,” said team captain Kareem Rosser.

Rosser says he promised his two teammates, younger brother Daymar, and Brandon Rease, that he wouldn’t let them down.  They said the same.

“You know, not only did we do it for each other, but we did it for the polo community, and we did it for every other African American young boy who comes from where we come from,” said Rosser.  “You know we wanted to let everyone know that it was possible, and that whatever you put your mind to, you can actually do.”

Rosser earned top honors, becoming the number one all-star at the tournament.

 

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Black History

 

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