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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

The descendant of enslaved Africans brought to North America by way of the trans-Atlantic slave routes,  Presiding Bishop Curry was born in Chicago, IL, on March 13, 1953.  Presiding Bishop Curry’s father was an Episcopal priest and his mother was a devout Episcopalian. He attended public schools in Buffalo, NY, and, even at a young age, he learned about social activism through his father’s leadership and his own dedication to righting a broken world.

Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality. In his three parish ministries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland, Presiding Bishop Curry had extensive involvement in preaching missions; Crisis Control Ministry; the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children; preaching missions; the Absalom Jones initiative; creation of networks of family day care providers; creation of educational centers; and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner-city neighborhoods.

As Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, Presiding Bishop Curry instituted a network of canons, deacons, and youth ministry professionals dedicated to supporting the ministry that happens in local congregations.  He refocused the Diocese on The Episcopal Church’s Millennium Development Goals through a $400,000 campaign to buy malaria nets that saved over 100,000 lives. He was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015.

To read Bishop Curry’s full biography, visit https://www.episcopalchurch.org/biography-most-rev-michael-curry

Kyle Oliver

Kyle Oliver

Kyle Matthew Oliver is an Episcopal priest interested in how media and media making can nurture faith and build community. He's currently studying digital storytelling in faith and faith-adjacent settings as a doctoral student in educational media, and he led the first major study of digital literacy instruction in theological education. Kyle has produced and hosted podcasts for the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and the Media and Social Change Lab. He is an academic fellow of the Episcopal Church Foundation and has taught courses for Virginia Theological Seminary,Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Vibrant Faith Institute, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kyle lives in San Francisco and has served congregations in the Dioceses of California, New York, and Washington. You can follow him on Twitter, @kmoliver.

Sandy Milien

Sandy Milien

Sandy Milien is a young and driven Afrolatina, passionate about social justice and the calling of The Episcopal Church to empower youth and young adults to be leaders in their communities. She is currently the project lead for the Episcopal Church Beloved Community StorySharing Campaign. This evangelism initiative that seeks to help and equip faith communities and individuals to share and receive stories of faith, race and difference to become agents of healing and reconciliation in their churches and their communities. Sandy lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she works as the Diocesan Missioner for Community Engagement and Assistant to the Bishop. In her free time, you can find Sandy reading, dancing or spending time with family and friends.