Rector’s Sabbatical

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will be on Sabbatical from Monday, March 6 through Wednesday, May 31, and will return to the office on Thursday, June 1. The Rector and The Parish were awarded a Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program 2017 Grant for an application entitled “Reconciliation, Music, and Rest for the Soul.”

During this 3-month period, the Parish also will reflect on the ministry of racial reconciliation and personal renewal through formation and fellowship offerings planned by the Wardens, Vestry, and Associate Rector, in addition to Sunday and weekday programs of the Parish. Note: Watch the eNews, Website, and Bulletin Boards for details.

A Sabbatical Overview is provided below and followed by a clergy schedule, which includes Visiting Clergy who will preach and preside at liturgies, and occasionally lead the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum in collaboration with the Associate Rector, The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, and Assisting Priest, The Reverend Keith C. Lane.

  • Reconciliation: travel to Cape Town, South Africa to serve as a Visiting Priest at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral. Hosted by The Very Reverend Michael Weeder, Dean, Father Rencher will preside at liturgies, preach, teach, sing with the Cathedral choir, visit with Cathedral and Cape Town communities, and explore nearby areas of South Africa. Tentatively, Father Rencher will have a consultation with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu regarding the country’s journey of racial reconciliation. Later in the sabbatical period, he will connect with leaders at various non-profit institutions, seminaries, and church-based programs, including those of The Episcopal Church, to learn about their past, present, and future racial reconciliation initiatives.
  • Music: travel to London, after time in Cape Town, to serve as a Visiting Chorister with choral ensembles in and near the city of London, while based at St. Matthew’s Westminster next to Westminster Abbey. Later in the sabbatical, he plans to serve as a Visiting Chorister in cities including New York City. When in Charlotte, he will engage choral and a variety of other music opportunities and offerings as available throughout the region.
  • Rest: time at home to rest, cook, exercise, and tend to matters linked to the importance of self-care, personal relationships, and overall wellness. He also will make individual and directed retreats, including one at the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, MA, as he is a member of their Fellowship.

The following is the schedule of those who will offer sermons or homilies between March 5 and May 31 during The Rector’s Sabbatical. Occasionally, Visiting Clergy will preside at celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and facilitate presentations at the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Parish Hall Forum. At each liturgy, Visiting Clergy will be joined by at least one of our Parish Clergy.

  • March 5, First Sunday in Lent
    The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher
    March 12, Second Sunday in Lent
    The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce
    March 19, Third Sunday in Lent
    The Reverend Canon Rhonda Lee, PhD
    March 26, Fourth Sunday in Lent
    The Reverend Sally Johnston
    April 2, Fifth Sunday in Lent
    The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman
    April 9, Passion/Palm Sunday
    The Reverend Keith C. Lane
    April 13, Maundy Thursday
    The Reverend Dr. Paul Hanneman
    April 14, Good Friday
    The Reverend Dr. Sam Portaro
  • April 15, Great Vigil of Easter
    The Reverend Keith C. Lane
    April 16, Easter Day
    The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce
    April 23, Second Sunday of Easter
    The Reverend David Pittman
    April 30, Third Sunday of Easter
    The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce
    May 7, Fourth Sunday of Easter
    The Reverend Dr. Luis León
    May 14, Fifth Sunday of Easter
    The Reverend Gary D. Jones
    May 21, Sixth Sunday of Easter
    The Reverend Reggie Payne-Wiens
    May 28, Seventh Sunday of Easter
    The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce
    June 4, Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday
    The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher