Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina

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Diocese of North Carolina
Diocese of North Carolina seal.jpg
Location
Ecclesiastical province Province IV
Statistics
Congregations 112 (2014)
Members 50,218 (2014)
Information
Rite Episcopal
Current leadership
Bishop Samuel Sewall Rodman III
Peter James Lee
(Assistant Bishop)
Suffragan Anne Hodges-Copple
Map
Location of the Diocese of North Carolina
Location of the Diocese of North Carolina
Website
www.episdionc.org

The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, founded in 1817, roughly corresponds to the segment of the U.S. state of North Carolina between I-77 in the west and I-95 in the east, including the most populous area of the state. Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Cary, and Durham are the largest cities in the diocese. The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina lies to the west extending into the Appalachian Mountains, and the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina lies to the east extending to the Atlantic Ocean.

About the Diocese[edit]

The Diocese has no cathedral, but its offices are in downtown Raleigh. It meets in annual convention in November. Between conventions, the Diocese is administered by a Diocesan Council in conjunction with diocesan staff.

The current diocesan bishop is Samuel Sewall Rodman III. He was consecrated bishop on July 15, 2017, as twelfth Bishop of North Carolina, after the election of his predecessor, Michael Bruce Curry, as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.[1][2] The Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese is Anne Hodges-Copple.[3]

Other bishops who have served the Diocese since 1980 are Robert W. Estill (ninth Bishop of the Diocese), the late Robert C. Johnson (tenth Bishop of the Diocese), the late Frank Vest (Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese who subsequently became Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia), the late Huntington Williams, Jr. (retired Suffragan Bishop), J. Gary Gloster (retired Suffragan Bishop), William Gregg (retired Assistant Bishop and previously the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon), the late Alfred C. Marble, Jr. (retired Assisting Bishop and previously the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi), and Peter James Lee (formerly Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina and Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia).

Congregations in the Diocese vary from conservative to liberal and from low church to high church, but the Diocese itself is generally considered moderate and is highly supportive of the Episcopal Church. Consisting of approximately 48,000 communicants,[4] the Diocese is the tenth-largest in the nation and has shown a 3% compound annual growth rate over the last ten years. The density of Episcopalians varies across the Diocese but is highest in Wake County, the capital county.

Programs and Institutions[edit]

Principal programs of the Diocese are its campus ministry (North Carolina State University, St. Augustine's College, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Davidson College);[5] and social ministry, notably the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry in Newton Grove, a joint venture with the Diocese of East Carolina.[6] In a state with a growing Latino population, the Diocese supports a Chartered Committee on Hispanic Ministry.[7] The committee provides liturgical and pastoral resources, supports congregations' service and outreach among Latinas and Latinos, and advocates for immigration reform and other laws to protect the rights of migrant workers.

The Diocese no longer operates a camp and conference center, having sold its facility near Browns Summit, North Carolina to the State of North Carolina for use as Haw River State Park. However, the Diocese maintains an active youth program. The territory of the Diocese includes independent schools with current or former diocesan affiliations including St. Mary's School, Trinity Episcopal School (Charlotte, NC), and Ravenscroft School.

Other major institutions affiliated with the Diocese are Penick Village in Southern Pines, a retirement community; and Thompson Child and Family Focus in Charlotte, a youth services ministry.

Bishops[edit]

Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina[3][8]
From Until Name Title Notes
1823 1830 John Stark Ravenscroft 1st Bishop of North Carolina
1831 1852 Levi Silliman Ives 2nd Bishop of North Carolina
1853 1881 Thomas Atkinson 3rd Bishop of North Carolina
1873 1881 Theodore B. Lyman Assistant Bishop of North Carolina
1881 1893 4th Bishop of North Carolina
1893 1893 Joseph Blount Cheshire Assistant Bishop of North Carolina
1893 1932 5th Bishop of North Carolina
1918 1928 Henry Beard Delany 1st Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina
1922 1932 Edwin Anderson Penick Bishop Coadjutor of North Carolina
1932 1959 6th Bishop of North Carolina
1951 1959 Richard Henry Baker Bishop Coadjutor of North Carolina
1959 1965 7th Bishop of North Carolina
1960 1965 Thomas Fraser Bishop Coadjutor of North Carolina
1965 1983 8th Bishop of North Carolina
1967 1975 Moultrie Moore 2nd Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina Bishop of Easton, (1975–1983)
1980 1982 Robert Whitridge Estill Bishop Coadjutor of North Carolina
1983 1994 9th Bishop of North Carolina
1985 1989 Frank Vest 3rd Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina Bishop of Southern Virginia (1991–1998)
1990 1996 Huntington Williams, Jr. 4th Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina
1994 2000 Robert C. Johnson Jr. 10th Bishop of North Carolina
1996 2007 J. Gary Gloster 5th Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina
2000 2015 Michael Bruce Curry 11th Bishop of North Carolina 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (2015 – Present)
2005 2013 Alfred C. “Chip” Marble, Jr. Assisting Bishop of North Carolina Bishop of Mississippi (1993–2003)
2007 2013 William O. Gregg Assistant Bishop of North Carolina Bishop of Eastern Oregon (2000–2007)
2013 Present Anne Hodges-Copple 6th Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina
2015 2017 Bishop Pro Tempore of North Carolina
2015 2017 Peter Lee Assisting Bishop of North Carolina[9] Bishop of Virginia (1985–2009); Bishop Provisional of East Carolina (2013–2015)
2017 Present Samuel S. Rodman, III 12th Bishop of North Carolina

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sennott, Adam (March 4, 2017). "Massachusetts reverend elected Episcopal bishop of North Carolina". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on March 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Rev. Samuel Rodman Elected XII Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of North Carolina". The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. March 4, 2017. Archived from the original on April 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "The Bishops of North Carolina". The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ As announced by Curry at the Diocese's 2007 Convention
  5. ^ "Campus Ministry". The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. 
  6. ^ "Our Ministry". Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. 
  7. ^ "Hispanic / Latino Ministry". The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. 
  8. ^ "Previous Bishops". The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Diocese of NC Welcomes the Rt. Rev. Peter Lee as Assisting Bishop". The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. November 12, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 

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