WATCH: Michael Curry’s incredible sermon at the Royal Wedding – how to make poverty history

One of the most talked-about highlights of yesterday’s Royal Wedding was the lively and passionate sermon preached by the Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church, Michael Curry. I doubt it was any accident that this man, who has a strong record in supporting same sex marriage, was chosen to deliver this address.

I don’t believe in God and didn’t find anything in his words to change my mind on that score. That didn’t stop me being utterly inspired by the message he brought to the heart of the British establishment.

His theme was “the power of love” and it asked us to imagine politics and government and business and commerce where love was the way. No child, he said, would ever go hungry again and poverty would be history. By the time he started talking about the benefits of human migration around the world, I was sold. This guy stood there in front of the British Royal Family and talked about revolutionary movements. It was utterly compelling. A lot of fire and no brimstone.

As it’s Sunday morning, and the BBC has kindly put the whole thing on You Tube, I thought it was worth putting up here. This man embraced the opportunity to address 1.9 billion people and made the most of it. Even if you have been avoiding all other parts of the Wedding, watch this. I’m sure you will feel at least a little bit inspired.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • If the combined wealth of those who sat and listened to the sermon was redistributed poverty would be a thing of the past!
    Ask me, in 12 months time, what has changed?

  • William Fowler 20th May '18 - 11:43am

    expats, I do not think the maths on that adds up and even if you did somehow give everyone a substantial sum a few year down the line you will have those who have done well on the money and those who have burnt their innards out on hard drugs, end up as gibbering wrecks. We live in a land of endless opportunity for those with talent and/or a good idea with plenty of jobs for those whose brains or bodies aren’t up anything innovative or clever… rather than trying to steal other people’s money much better to join the game and see how far you can get.

    There are two strands to almost all religions, The one is as per this article, fill world with love etc and there is nothing wrong with that but it is largely a sap to most of populace who have no access to the second strand, merely a reflection of the compassion of those who are part of that second strand of religion, which if you go far enough back does actually have royal connections. It is the antithesis of democracy and equality.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 20th May '18 - 1:20pm

    I commented yesterday about wonderful Michael Curry. I believe he is the very exponent of liberalism, one our Tim Farron could learn from, as he seems less comfortable than the Bishop, with the nature of gay love, Bishop Curry sees love as love, and has been an advocate for rights, based on equating love with love and advancing equal understanding and validity of love, more than mere tolerance.

    The day itself was one of progress. The typical leftist republican negative rants endemic in that stance, found here less but here too, are drowned out by the positive energy of posts from some of us, excellent pieces from Caron, here, Floella Benjamin particularly, and me here, with a contribution on this very liberal site

  • As regards eliminating poverty in the developing world – can I recommend Bill Gates’ open letter to Warren Buffet at

    Two very fortunate men obviously in becoming the richest on the planet but also showing a great amount of “love” to their fellow humans in an intelligent way.

    I think it easy for us to concentrate on the country’s and world’s problems and if something can be made better it should be but it is amazing how much better this country has got compared to the early 1800s – less than 200 years ago. Immense fantastic technology achievement and much political achievement – not least due to Liberals but also Socialists and Tories. We are all showing “love” IMHO when we wrestle with the country’s and the world’s problems through the political process – when we pay our taxes to help our fellow humans (as well as hopefully ourselves!) – including in developing countries. And indeed the world throughout the globe is becoming an immensely better place – see the books highlighted on the front of Gate’s’ website.

    I appreciate some of @William Fowler’s comments but I would venture that Christ’s teachings and indeed the teachings of other religions are quite radical and anti-establishment.

  • Nick Collins 20th May '18 - 3:43pm

    Hilarious beyond parody.

  • Gordon Lishman 20th May '18 - 9:09pm

    I thought it interesting that he was apparently recommended by the Archbishop of Canterbury for the role of wedding preacher.

  • John Marriott 21st May '18 - 6:34pm

    I’m not sure that the stuffed shirts in the chapel really got it; but, yes, Bishop Curry’s performance was a tour de force. I’m not sure where Nick Collins is coming from; but the Hilary for me came not from the Rev Curry but from the expression of bewilderment on the faces of certain members of the Royal Family. The whole event almost converted me to Monarchism.

    If it could move Caron Lindsay then who am I to argue?

  • John Marriott 21st May '18 - 6:36pm

    Bloody predictive text! For ‘Hilary’ read ‘hilarity’.

  • @David Raw. Excellent points David.

    Yet those (in key positions on the Federal Board) who are touting a Core Vote strategy say we should focus our messaging, policies and campaigning on areas where ‘the’ Core Vote (as they define it) is strongest i.e. urban, educated, professional/middle class voters plus, since 2016, where coinciding concentrations of Remain voters exist.

    Those writing about a ‘Pivoting strategy’ say we should take advantage of the destruction of our MP’s to switch effort away from areas where in the past we have merely won with ‘the wrong sort of voters in the wrong places’. The relative lack of sitting MP’s they argue means there are few ‘vested interests’ to fight against such a ‘pivot’ in our efforts and messaging.

    Now I may just be blinkered because I grew up on a Council Estate in Sheffield but I simply don’t agree with this approach. Neither would the last Liberal Governments of 1906 onwards – the non Asquithian parts at any rate.

  • Nick Collins 22nd May '18 - 2:26pm

    @ John Marriott: For me the hilarity came from the ott delivery and the preacher’s lengthy discourse on the wonders of fire whilst waving his vestment sleeves seemingly dangerously close to the candles flanking the lectern.

    Listening to the discussion on the “Today” programme the following day, however, I learned, to my surprise, that most media commentators found it “inspirational”.

    One exception, apparently, was Quentin Letts in the “Daily Mail”. To find myself in agreement with that individual is more than a tad embarrassing; it has never happened before and will probably never happen again.

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