In my non-work life, I have the pleasure of serving on the advisory board for the Raleigh-area Episcopal Campus Ministry. It is a privilege to serve with the other board members in support of the diocese, the ministry led by the Rev. Deborah Fox, and the wonderful young people from NC State, Peace, Meredith and Shaw who participate in it.
That it happens to align well with my professional life is always a bonus, and particularly at times like this past Sunday when Bishop Michael Curry made his annual visit to ECM. If you’ve not had the pleasure of hearing him, Bishop Curry is an extraordinary preacher, and in this particular sermon he explained why he believes there are really only two kinds of religion — those that exclude and those that include. For a man who has preached all over the world and to much larger groups of people, it would have been understandable if he hadn’t brought his A game to our Sunday evening gathering. Instead he brought a powerful and richly prophetic sermon that reminded me why I feel called to volunteer for a program like ECM and to work for an organization like the North Carolina Council of Churches.
Take a listen.
–Aleta Payne, Communications and Development