God and Non-coercive Love

Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times interviews Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:

Q. The primates still voted overwhelmingly to sanction the Episcopal Church.

A. I knew that was coming. But I wanted them to know, and I meant that sincerely, that this love of God is big enough to embrace all of us, and even embrace us in our disagreements. Love is big stuff, and it can save us all.

Q. Over the years, I have heard from many Episcopal leaders and laypeople the notion that those who are opposed to gay marriage and gay equality will eventually come around. That they will eventually realize they are on the wrong side of history.

A. I don’t want to say that. I respect their differences, and their different perspectives.

Q. Is it that you do not want to say that, or you do not believe that?

A. It’s that, I don’t know. What I believe about human equality and dignity is grounded in what I believe about the love of God and that love is not coercive. So I have to respect my brothers and sisters who differ on this question, enough not to be coercive.

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