Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the passing of Madeleine Albright, first female secretary of state

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We mourn the loss of Madeleine Albright, committed Episcopalian and trailblazing ambassador. I am particularly thankful for her guiding belief that religious leaders have an essential role to play in foreign policy, and for her Anglican sensibility in navigating difference and diversity, which she expressed so well in her book, “Madame Secretary”:
 
“Instead of seeking yet more data to defend what we already think, we need to learn what others think, and why they think it. Instead of conspiring with the like-minded, we need to spend more time learning from those we consider wrongheaded. Even while we challenge the premises of those with whom we disagree, we should take the time to re-examine the logic of our own thinking.”
 
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
 
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church