Presiding Bishop Curry to Speak at CDSP Commencement

Presiding Bishop Curry to Speak at CDSP Commencement

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will give the address at Church Divinity School of the Pacific’s 123rd Commencement on May 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel of the Great Commission at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Anderson, adult ministries director for Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento will be receiving her certificate of Anglican Studies.

The event is open to the public and will be broadcast live online at

The presiding bishop will also celebrate the baccalaureate Eucharist at 5:45 pm on May 18 at CDSP’s All Saints Chapel.

Curry, the first black presiding bishop in the church’s history, is a graduate of Hobart College and the Yale University Divinity School. Since his election in 2015, he was worked to focus the church’s energies on evangelism and racial reconciliation in the context of “the Jesus movement.”

The Very Rev. Mark Richardson, CDSP’s dean and president, said Curry’s visit comes at a propitious time. “The presence of Presiding Bishop Curry among us at this most important time of year of commencement is a great honor. We will be uplifted by his passion and wisdom as we also share with him the steps CDSP is taking to form leaders for the church’s future.

“Our revised curriculum focuses on mission, discipleship and evangelism, and we now require a course in community organizing that equips students with skills in building relationships within congregations, and for leading congregations into the neighborhood.

“It is particularly fortunate that during the Presiding Bishop’s visit, he will demonstrate the power of the church’s leadership in the civic sphere by participating in the Diocese of California’s conference Eco-Justice: Safeguarding Climate, Food and Water.”

The seminary will also grant honorary doctor of divinity degrees to Curry, the Rt. Rev. Martin Barahona, retired bishop of El Salvador who survived a 2010 assassination attempt, and the Rev. Dr. Jae-Jeong Lee, superintendent of education in Gyeonggi province, South Korea, a lifelong advocate for human rights, democracy and the reunification of the Korean peninsula.

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