Some say he stole the show at the royal wedding. The Most Rev. Michael Curry, the African-American bishop of the Episcopal Church, gave a stirring royal wedding address. He quoted Martin Luther King Jr. and eloquently focused on the power of love.
“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love,” Curry, echoing the words of the civil rights leader. He continued: “And when we do that, we will make of this whole world a new world. But love, love is the only way. There is power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalize it. There is power, power in love.”
Curry is America’s first African-American leader of the Episcopal Church. He is a vocal advocate for social justice and racial equality. His message was celebratory, “There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will,” he said. “There’s power in love to show us the way to live.”
“Dr. King Was Right”
“Dr. King was right,” he said. “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”
Curry’s message was a departure from the typical somber atmosphere and traditional music and language in previous royal weddings. Some of the guests looked surprised, especially when Curry spoke directly to them asking, “Anybody get here in a car today?”
Social media users were vocal in their reaction to the Bishop.
“Bishop Curry is the liveliest priest to ever hit St George’s Chapel and the Brits are legit looking frightened,” wrote writer Gloria Fallon.
Bishop Curry is the liveliest priest to ever hit St George’s Chapel and the Brits are legit looking frightened #RoyalWedding
— Gloria Fallon (@GloriaFallon123) May 19, 2018
UK Labour politician David Lammy wrote, “Love, Justice, Poverty, MLK, Fire and Slavery in one sermon from Bishop Curry. Amen brothers and sisters, Amen.”
Love, Justice, Poverty, MLK, Fire and Slavery in one sermon from Bishop Curry. Amen brothers and sisters, Amen. 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿 #RoyalWedding
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) May 19, 2018
King’s daughter Bernice was delighted at the use of her father’s words in a tweet. “#MLK quote at the #RoyalWedding,” she wrote. “Your life, teachings and words still matter so much, Daddy. Congrats, Harry and Meghan!”
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 19, 2018
Rev. Curry hit the spotlight in 2012 when his sermon “We need some crazy Christians,” went viral and was turned into a book.