The St. Peter’s parish community will have the pleasure of welcoming our new Bishop Diocesan, The Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III for his Visitation to St. Peter’s between October 14 and 15. (Details are available in news and notices.) Having had the honor and privilege to interact with “Bishop Sam” on a few occasions, it is evident that he is eager to spend time with and learn more about us, including how we might join him and the diocesan community in responding to the mission of God’s Church.
Bishop Sam Rodman was elected twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina on March 4, 2017 and was consecrated on July 15 at Duke Chapel amid an ecumenical and interfaith crowd, which included several representatives from St. Peter’s. Prior to his election, he served as Special Projects Officer and Project Manager for Campaign Initiatives for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and for sixteen years as the Rector of St. Michael’s in Milton, M.A. The 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum on October 15 provides an opportunity to engage him more through an intentional time of questions and answers after his plans to attend Holy Chow breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room.
Our Bishop revealed the early draft of his vision for the diocese during the October 3–5 clergy conference at Winston-Salem and will likely offer highlights when he is among us. In addition to those who will be baptized, confirmed, received, and reaffirmed during his visitation, I invite all able-bodied parishioners to be present on October 15 and join me in paying close attention to Bishop Sam’s “Consecrated for Mission: Congregations, Collaborations, and Convergence of Concern” as it is unfolds. This diocesan community mission is bound to help us in our parish ministry and serve as an essential companion to our parish vision to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte.
God’s peace and blessings as we grow in faith,
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector