Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to preach at Archbishop Desmond Tutu memorial service
February 7, 2022
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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will deliver the sermon at a Feb. 13 memorial service for the late Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York. The Sunday service will be livestreamed from 4 to 6 p.m. ET.
“People often forget that Archbishop Tutu was not only an activist but also a theologian, not only a champion against apartheid in his own country, but also a leader in the worldwide Anglican Communion, with a heart for justice born out of his deep faith in Jesus Christ and his firm conviction that we are all God’s beloved children,” said the Rev. C. K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church.
After Tutu’s death on Dec. 26, Curry shared a statement about the man he called “a true friend, colleague, and mentor.” The presiding bishop will be joined at the memorial service by the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, dean of the cathedral.
Tutu was the author of many books and subject of recent biographies, including “The Book of Joy,” an instant New York Times bestseller that chronicles a five-day meeting between Tutu and the Dalai Lama. Their friendship is the subject of a new documentary called “Mission: Joy,” available for congregational screenings. Learn more and watch the trailer.