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“My father didn’t feel comfortable going up for communion, but when my mother went up, he watched closely. Was the priest really going to give her communion from the common cup? And if he did, was the next person really going to drink from that same cup? And would others drink too, knowing a black woman had sipped from that cup? He saw the priest offer her the cup, and she drank. Then the priest offered the cup to the next person at the rail, and that person drank. And then the next person, and the next, all down the rail. When my father told the story, he would always say: “That’s what brought me to the Episcopal Church. Any church in which black folks and white folks drink out of the same cup knows something about a gospel that I want to be a part of.”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“being a Christian is not essentially about joining a church or being a nice person, but about following in the footsteps of Jesus, taking his teachings seriously, letting his Spirit take the lead in our lives, and in so doing helping to change the world from our nightmare into God’s dream.”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“We never know what can happen when we feel called to follow Jesus’ gospel witness of welcome. Heeding such a call can require incredible courage. Sometimes this gospel way of welcome can lead us to put our very lives on the line. But Jesus’ way of welcome can inspire us to keep working to do what is right in a world where too often too much is wrong.”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive; built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace; here the love of Christ shall end divisions: All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.7”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“We are one Church, the Body of Christ in the Episcopal tradition. “There is one body and one Spirit … one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4–6). That’s a complete summation of who we are. And reclaiming that identity is not just a revival. It’s a new Church.”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“In the seventeenth century John Donne, the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, wrote these words: “The church is catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to … the body whereof I am a member. And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author. … No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. … Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”1”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks [with] Compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.3 Discipleship is about focusing on Jesus, following in the footsteps of Jesus, becoming his hands and feet in the world. Discipleship is about loving as Jesus loves, giving as Jesus gives, forgiving as Jesus forgives, welcoming and including as Jesus welcomes and includes, doing justice and loving mercy and walking humbly with God, like Jesus. Matthew’s gospel concludes with Jesus telling the disciples to “go therefore” and make disciples who make a difference in the world. “Go therefore” and be my hands, be my feet, be my face, be my voice, and change the world! (Matthew 28:19–20).”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“We may not be there yet, but that’s all right. Our Lord taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). We may not be there yet, but that’s all right. St. Paul reminds us that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). The writer of Ecclesiastes says that “the race is not to the swift,” but to those who persevere (Ecclesiastes 9:11). It’s all right. Jesus himself said: “By your endurance you will gain your souls” (Luke 21:19). So we “press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“After the resurrection, Jesus takes the disciples to a mountain. He tells them: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20).”
Michael Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus
“Abraham’s hand until he learned that grace is closer to the heart of God than stern sacrifice and blind obedience”
Michael B. Curry, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus