In Conversation: Michael Curry and Barbara Harris

Edited by Fredrica Harris Thompsett

Nov/2017, 112 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819233691



Get to know two trailblazing Episcopalians as they talk informally about things that matter to them.

As a teenager, Michael Curry served as a part of the "Youth Presence" at General Convention 1979. While there, he met Barbara Harris, not yet a priest. The story of their friendship is one that tracks the history of the Episcopal Church over the intervening years.

In this volume, the two talk about a wide range of topics—their families and the strong women who shaped them, the vocation of the priesthood and the episcopacy, and social justice, among others—in a conversation facilitated and edited by Fredrica Harris Thompsett.

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Michael B. Curry, serves the Episcopal Church as its 27th Presiding Bishop. He was the Bishop of North Carolina from 2000 to 2015. He has had a national preaching and teaching ministry, has been featured on The Protestant Hour and Day 1, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He received honorary degrees from Sewanee and Yale.

Barbara C. Harris was the first woman elected to the episcopacy within the Anglican Communion. Now actively retired, she lives in Foxboro, Massachusetts. She holds multiple honorary degrees from colleges, universities, and seminaries.

Fredrica Harris Thompsett is the Mary Wolfe professor of historical theology at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, where she has also served as academic dean for fourteen years. She is the author or editor of several books including Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women’s Ordination and the highly regarded We Are Theologians.

"'Jesus can't make everybody happy, and neither can you,' Barbara Harris tells Michael Curry in this powerful and readable chronicle of conversations between these two giants of Episcopal faith, leadership and preaching. By turns inspiring, funny, and provoking, In Conversation is the book we all need in these days when the arc of the moral universe seems far too long. I will treasure it as I treasure these two dear friends and pioneers."
—The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President, House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church

"In Conversation is about as real as it gets. This book is the next best thing to sitting at the feet of these giants of the faith as they tell stories about themselves and on themselves. In Conversation reveals a deep friendship while exploring vital truths about the African American experience in the Episcopal Church and the United States. As another 'first one ever' who has been mentored by both Bishop Barbara and Bishop Michael, I'm inspired anew by their courage in life and ministry."
—The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

"These two friends agree that God is sovereign, Jesus is reliable, the Spirit is able, and the church is flawed. Grit and grace forged by pain and joy is their gift to the church. That, and lots of laughter. Get ready to be inspired."
—The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Diocese of Atlanta

Introduction: The First Ones Ever
1. "Strong Women Were a Given"
2. "You've Got to Bless the World"
3. "A Gift Given to Me"
4. "A Deeply Pastoral Calling"
5. "Marathon Courage and Nonviolent Perseverance"
6. "Trailblazers and Truth-Tellers"
7. In Their Own Words

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