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Claiming the Light in the Midst of Darkness: Joy, Community, and Inspiration for Living in These Times

with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

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What you'll learn

  • Hear powerful inspiration to connect with the “source of love and light” that is always present—giving us strength in adversity and the ability to love one another across differences
  • Explore the importance of “healthy, loving, liberating, and life-giving” communities — and why we need to rebuild them after the pandemic
  • Hear how Bishop Curry has personally walked through experiences of darkness and how his inspiration for living a life of service brings him joy.

About the speakers

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church. At the church’s 78th General Convention in June 2015, he was elected to a nine-year term in this role and installed in November of that year; he serves as The Episcopal Church’s chief pastor, spokesperson, and president and chief executive officer. Throughout his ministry, Bishop Curry has been a prophetic leader, particularly in the areas of racial reconciliation, climate change, evangelism, immigration policy, and marriage equality. Bishop Curry was ordained a priest in 1978. He graduated with high honors from Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges and earned his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University. Bishop Curry is the author of five books and a regular guest on national and international media outlets.

Peggy Callahan

Peggy Callahan’s sense of fairness (or maybe masochism) has driven her work in film, television, and human rights. Peggy believes in the power of story to create real change on the planet. She was honored to capture the life-changing conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his “mischievous brother” Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The dialogues inspired the film Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times with Peggy as Co-Director and Producer. Peggy and team created the BIG JOY global project with scientists from UCSF, Harvard, and Berkeley. It is available online for free and increases participants' joy as it expands the science of joy. Peggy‘s grown-up job is fighting modern day slavery. She co-founded two international organizations, including Voices4Freedom, that help people come to freedom. Finally. Forever.

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  • Thank you for your efforts on your paths. For your wisdom on community, messages of internal although overused strength in moments or places that seem like a bucket with a negativity hole that doesn’t want to fill. Seeking out or creating sources of goodness and communities. Wisdom from experiences of endurance and fortitude. Managing some of the realities of life. Remembering to seek or create our sources of joy and not be attached to anything external. Your story of your traumas were inspiring and enlightening. Much to investigate and explore in this life. Thank you!

  • From deepest of my heart thanks so much for this wonderful words, this Thrth ,this Joy and deepest Happiness and the Light….thanks
    May you have a longlong healthy Life…

  • Beautiful interview. To learn to love each other is a beautiful message that makes my heart expands with love. Thank you.

  • Wow! Cuántas emociones al escuchar a Michael y a Peggy! Me emocioné hasta las lágrimas. Da esperanza saber que hay muchas personas que están inspiradas en el bien común. Gracias! Estas entrevistas nos ayudan a recordar, a reconocer todo lo que como seres humanos podemos construir. Y es un arduo trabajo porque vamos contra todo lo que las estructuras inyectan a diario: la competencia, el egocentrismo.
    Qué alegría, regocijo siento por haberme inscripto en este programa! Me reanima, me inspira. Gracias! Bendiciones desde Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Thank you very much you both Bishop and Peggy for sharing this wonderful message of joy, indeed our joy comes from inside. May Lord bless you!!!

  • To be joyful is a gift and choice. When your heart is full of gratefulness it is an experience of inner joy. If you are touching people’s lives by helping its always a joy. Everything is God’s gift.

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