Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Meet the reverend with Buffalo ties who will speak at royal wedding

Meet the reverend with Buffalo ties who will speak at royal wedding

Prince Henry "Harry" of Wales and former US actress Meghan Markle invited Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church and who defends same-sex marriage, to deliver a sermon at their wedding on Saturday. Rev. David Conner, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will officiate at the service on May 19 in Windsor.

"I'm thrilled that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked Bishop Michael Curry to preach at their wedding", Welby wrote on Twitter.

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, who lived in Baltimore for several years, will give the sermon at the upcoming wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

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

Curry spent time at school in Buffalo, New York, before heading to Hobart College in Geneva, New York in 1975.

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As the world watches the royal wedding on Saturday, an American Episcopal Bishop with ties to Chicago will take part in the ceremony. The bishop, who will travel from his home in Chicago for the wedding, released a statement saying he was celebrating and praying for the happy couple.

Curry's participation breaks royal customs as senior clergy members of the Church of England traditionally deliver the sermons. Welby baptized Markle ahead of her marriage to Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, who is the supreme governor of the Church of England. The North Carolinian bishop was the first to bring same-sex marriages to churches in that area.

In December of 2016, Curry visited Syracuse and led a worship at Grace Episcopal Church, following the Ordination and Consecration of Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe.

He gained fame for his 2012 sermon "We need some insane Christians". The sermon went viral and was later turned into a book, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus.

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