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.
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