During a packed diocesan-wide festival Eucharist in honor of Absalom Jones on Sunday, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry challenged Christians to join a Jesus movement that addresses the daily problems of modern life.
“I’m asking you today to make a renewed commitment; I want you to dedicate yourself to the movement,” Curry preached. “If we ever get this right, then children will not starve; if we ever get this right, then people in Flint, Michigan, will have clean drinking water; if we ever get this right, then politics will be honorable.”
Then people of all ethnicities — white, black, Latino, Asian — “will learn to love each other,” he said.
“The world will know that you are disciples of Jesus not by how well you can recite the Nicene Creed in English or in Greek,” but by love. “I beseech you to leave this place committed to follow Jesus Christ.”
The rousing Eucharist, which featured traditional spirituals and other music by the Theodicy Jazz Collective, honored Jones as the first African-American ordained in the Episcopal Church. Jones, who was born on Nov. 17, 1746, and died on Feb. 13, 1818, was born into slavery in Delaware and traveled to Philadelphia with his master.
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