The Diocese of North Carolina is alive, well and on the move to do even greater things through diocesan programs, communities, and congregations, such as St. Peter’s Charlotte. January 25-26, I had the privilege of joining our lay delegates John Arrrowood, Josephine Hicks, Doug Hutto, Des Keller and Dave Lavoie in Winston-Salem for the 197th Annual Diocesan Convention. It was a wonderful combination of business, fellowship, ministry reflection and encouragement that will enhance life at St. Peter’s. Convention alternates Rosy Bellamy, Cameron Holtz and Kathie Knip stayed in Charlotte yet offered themselves to serve in the event a delegate might become unable to attend. Our presence there and our fine delegation made me even prouder to serve this parish church.
One highlight of convention was the election of a Bishop Suffragan. The Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple of St. Luke’s Durham was called to serve as permanent assistant to Bishop Diocesan, The Right Reverend Michael Curry. Our parish knows well about this office because our former rector, The Right Reverend Hunt Williams of blessed memory (1/28/13) served as Bishop Suffragan from 1990 until 1996. The Bishop Suffragan in this Diocese would have some responsibilities in the whole Diocese (e.g., Galilee ministry initiatives, young adult ministries, diaconate expansion, diocesan outreach ministries, and Sunday visitations) and some specifically related in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Charlotte convocations (e.g., convocation confirmations, bishop pastor for clergy, and deployment of deacons). The newly elected Bishop Suffragan will be based in Greensboro and the Diocese eagerly looks forward to her new ministry.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall when our delegation will reflect at the Rector’s Forum on the convention experience. This will be a perfect way to explore what makes us uniquely Episcopalian in that Episcopal means “of bishops” and that we are bound to other disciples of Christ far beyond St. Peter’s. The discussion should be rich, so please bring a friend.
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector