Most Reverend

Last Sunday, Bishop Michael Curry was installed as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. In written form he is now addressed as “the Most Reverend Michael Curry.”

Up to recent times, American Presiding Bishops hadn’t used this form of address, which is appropriate for archbishops such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby Instead, Americans had gone by the title, “the Right Reverend”–the slightly less pretentious form of addressing a bishop.

But now the office and title have followed the general culture trend of inflating and magnifying social positions. What Jesus would have made of all this is anyone’s guess (and I say this as one whose written title is “the Reverend Canon”!)

In any event, Bishop Curry strikes one in person as a humble man. And his introductory video talks about following Jesus. Fortunately, one can be a disciple with no title at all. —J. Douglas Ousley

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