Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Black American bishop to preside at royal wedding

Black American bishop to preside at royal wedding

Curry is the first African-American to have served as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, an offshoot of the Church of England in the United States.

Prince Harry and fiancée Meghan Markle have announced a further detail about their royal wedding ceremony next weekend. "He's just a delightful human being", said Bishop of Chicago Jeff Lee, Chicago Episcopal Diocese. l The Bishop of Chicago has known Presiding Bishop Curry for years.

He wrote: "I'm thrilled that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked Bishop Michael Curry to preach at their wedding".

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In his 2015 autobiography, Songs My Grandma Sang, Curry reveals that his family are descended from slaves and sharecroppers in North Carolina and Alabama.

'And so we celebrate and pray for them today'.

Is choosing an American pastor another break from tradition for Harry and Meghan? Kenneth Curry, an outspoken civil rights activist, who helped bring an end to segregated schools in Buffalo. Historically, it is members of the senior clergy of the Church of England who give the addresses at royal weddings but Archbishop Welby has given his blessing for Bishop Curry to do the honours. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as they make their marriage vows.

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The elaborate handwritten document, which was issued in March, bears the monarch's signature, and features nods to the couple's heritage, including details from Prince Harry's family arms, and a rose, the national flower of the US, beside two golden poppies, the state flower of Meghan's native California.

Curry became popular in 2012 after he preached the sermon that came to be known as "We need some insane Christians".

He parlayed that into a best-selling book, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus.

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"They thought he was insane!" "And those who would follow in his footsteps, those who would be his disciples, are called and summoned and challenged to be just as insane as Jesus".

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