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“In the end, love wins.” Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Offers Affirmation and Encouragement to Small Indiana Parish Targeted with Hate Crime

Nearly six months after the congregation of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana, was shocked by a graffiti hate crime, they received an enormous injection of support and enthusiasm from the top leader of their denomination.

The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, made a Sunday morning visit to the church in rural Brown County, Indiana. The congregation typically has about 50 at its primary Sunday service but extra chairs were brought in to accommodate those throughout central and southern Indiana and beyond who wanted to hear the Presiding Bishop and share communion with him.

Bishop Curry quickly acknowledged what the congregation had experienced back in November and affirmed the way they comported themselves and shared a witness with the country and the world.

“In the end, love wins,” he said. Bishop Curry said he hasn’t visited a church since November, either in the U.S. or abroad, that hasn’t experienced some type of hate crime. He focused much of his sermon on his theme of the “Jesus movement.”

“Jesus started a movement of God’s unconditional love,” he said.

Speaking of St. David’s church, he said, “You hurt. You invited the community here to come together. People of decency and good will came together, he said.”

The Jesus movement, he said, means sharing the love of God, sending people out, proclaiming God’s love through word and reconciling acts.

“You were here where we needed God’s unconditional love,” he said, speaking of how the Bean Blossom hate crime and the parish’s loving response touched people all across the church.

“My friends, we have a world that is trying to tear itself apart, ” he said. “We have to love it back together.”

He urged holding fast to what is good and not returning evil for evil.

“When we love, God shows up, he said.

Video to Come Soon

Episcopal Women Honored at Luncheon

April 8th at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 25 women were honored for their support of their parish and community at a Luncheon sponsored by the Diocesan Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council. Bishop-Elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows presented their certificates.

Honored Women

  • Carol Baum – Good Samaritan Brownsburg
  • Mary Boggs – St. Alban’s, Indianapolis
  • Pat Carter – St. James’, New Castle
  • Dr. Carolyn Cooper – Chapel of the Good Shepherd, West Lafayette
  • Karen Dickie – Christ Church Church, Madison
  • Carla Ewing – St. Paul’s, Evansville
  • Judith Gillespie – St. Paul’s, Columbus
  • Jane Herr – St. David’s, Bean Blossom
  • Rhoda Keough – St. Phillip’s, Indianapolis
  • Dr. Maggie McClure – St. John’s, Lafayette
  • Marie Krebs O’Neil – St. Paul’s New Albany
  • Kaye Palmer – St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis
  • Irene Ray – St. James’, Vincennes
  • Nancy Rayfield –  Trinity, Bloomington
  • Dr. Jane Root – Trinity, Indianapolis
  • Helen Rudesill – St. Paul’s, Indianapolis
  • Susan Steigerwald –Trinity, Lawrenceburg
  • Betty Whaley –  Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
  • Carolyn Williams –  St. Timothy’s, Indianapolis

Special recognition

  • Esther Weaver for her support
  • Sally Cassidy for her support

Those not able to attend:

  • Suse Blasé – St. Christopher’s Church, Carmel
  • Ruthie Fassnacht – St. Mark’s, Plainfield
  • Carol Hubbard – St. Augustine, Danville
  • Florence Caylor – Trinity, Anderson

More Pictures from the Event

Bless the Beasts

14445127_583513455164772_1110265735818623029_oSt. David’s, Bean Blossom will hold a Blessing of the Animals on October 5th, 6-7:30 p.m. at St. David’s,  Corner of SR 135 & SR 45, Bean Blossom, IN.

In the spirit of Saint Francis, bring your feathered, furry, multi-legged, or scaly friends for a celebration and blessing. Join us for a presentation by Scaly Tailz and refreshments!

St. David’s Episcopal Church – Bean Blossom

Meeting At

  • SR 135 and SR 45
  • Bean Blossom, IN 47448
  • (11 IN-45, Morgantown, IN 46160 per Google Maps)

When We Meet

  • Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesdays at 7 p.m.


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