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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to lead pre-opening worship service and “Blessing of the Water and Sacred Ground” for the International African American Museum

WHO:            The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, will travel to Charleston to join the International African American

                          Museum (IAAM) and the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina in a pre-opening worship service, “The Journey: A Call to Action for Historical, Spiritual and Social


WHAT:          In advance of the museum’s opening, which is set for the beginning of 2023, Bishop Curry will lead both a public worship service and a private “Blessing of the

                          Water and Sacred Ground.” 

WHERE:       The pre-opening worship service, open to the public, will be held at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in N. Charleston. The intimate blessing of the waters and soil

                           will take place at the sacred site on which the museum stands, overlooking the Atlantic passages through which thousands of enslaved Africans entered Harbor.

WHEN:          Both services will take place on Wednesday, November 16. The pre-opening worship service will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. The blessing ceremony

                            on-site is by invitation only.

DETAILS:     During the evening worship service, Bishop Curry will offer a message of hope and words of inspiration and empowerment to people of all backgrounds and belief

                           systems in the Lowcountry community and beyond.  Those interested in attending – in person or on line – can sign up here: http://iaamuseum.org/iaam-bishop-curry.



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