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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches at All Saints Church, Pasadena, during the July 2019 meeting of the Union of Black Episcopalians. Photo: Janet Kawamoto

A new secure website, www.bishopsgala.org, is now live for registration and donations toward the Nov. 7 Bishop’s Gala featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as keynoter.

Bradley Whitford

Emmy-winning film and television actor Bradley Whitford will introduce Bishop Curry. Whitford, a parishioner of All Saints Church in Pasadena, has performed in many TV series, including “The West Wing,” “Trophy Wife,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Transparent.” Most recently he starred in the NBC comedy “Perfect Harmony.”

While there is no charge to view the 6 p.m. virtual event online, generous contributions are requested to benefit diocesan programs including Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Los Angeles.

Bishop John Harvey Taylor invites all in the diocese to join the event by logging in via the diocesan YouTube channel and Facebook page; please note the corrected start time of 6 p.m. Registration is not necessary to view the event on either platform, but those who register will be able to donate and  receive event-related messages.

“One of the most important voices in 21st century Christianity, Bishop Curry will be the guest of the whole Diocese of Los Angeles, inviting his listeners along the way of love just four days after the historic 2020 elections,” Taylor said, referencing Curry’s initiative for prayer and service. “More than ever, your support is needed and appreciated as – in this time together as a diocesan family, and in all the work we do – we continue to devote ourselves to glorifying God and caring for God’s people.”

Donors of $200 or more will receive an autographed copy of Curry’s new book, Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.

Inquiries about the gala, including sponsorship opportunities, may be emailed to Canon Kathy O’Connor, volunteer coordinator, at koconnor@ladiocese.org.

This article was updated on Nov. 3 with information about Bradley Whitford and to clarify registration information.