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The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright

The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright is the tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, GA.

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The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright

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The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright serves as the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, GA, to which he was ordained in October 2012.

Formerly he was rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Atlanta Georgia, the oldest black Episcopal congregation in the state of Georgia.

Bishop Wright was born in a Catholic orphanage in Pittsburgh, PA.  He is a product of the Pittsburgh Public School system. He served in the U. S. Navy as a helicopter Crew-Chief and Search and Rescue Diver. He was educated at Howard University, the Virginia Theological Seminary and Ridley Hall, Cambridge England.

He has worked as a child advocate, first for the Children's Defense Fund and later for two mayors of Washington D.C. He served as Canon Pastor and Vicar at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. He is married to Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright and they have five children.

 


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Bishop Rob Wright: The Sound of the Authentic

Luke 2:15-21; Psalm 8

1st Sunday after Christmas - Holy Name of Jesus - Year A

January 01, 2017

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

 

Happy New Year!

Ever heard the name Howard Thurman? He was an extraordinary academic, teacher and preacher of the Christian faith. A Floridian. Some folks say that he is among America's greatest mystics. I heard an audio of him speaking at a college graduation once.

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Bishop Rob Wright: Delivered

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What have we done to faith? That's Paul's question to Christians in Rome.
 
Faith is the gift that helps us see the ocean of grace we're swimming in. It's all gift! Paul reminds us that Abraham was not a Jew, and Jesus was not a Christian. Paul, of course, did everything he could do to destroy the church. Each, by faith, came to know God's grace so palpably that they gave everything to share the experience.
 
How about you? Are you still trapped in the good-boy, good-girl prison? Still talking about your worthiness? Or, have you been delivered through faith by the Spirit to the understanding that faith alone is what God desires from us: our faith, tattered, stumbling and small as it may be some days. God desires our faith so we might finally be open to see the unseen world of God's riches.
 
 
Liberado
 
¿Qué hemos hecho a la fe? Esa es la pregunta que Pablo hace a los cristianos de Roma.
 
La fe es el don que nos ayuda a ver el océano de gracia en que estamos nadando. ¡Todo es regalo! Pablo nos recuerda que Abrahán no era judío y Jesús no era cristiano. Pablo, por supuesto, hizo todo lo que pudo para destruir la iglesia. Cada uno, por la fe, llegó a conocer la gracia de Dios tan palpablemente que lo dieron todo para compartir la experiencia.
 
¿Y tú? ¿Sigues atrapado en la prisión de buen chicho, buena chica? ¿Todavía hablas acerca de tu mérito? O, ¿has sido liberado mediante la fe por el Espíritu en el entendimiento de que la fe es lo que Dios desea de nosotros: nuestra fe, pequeña, hecha jirones y que tropieza, como puede ser algunos días. Dios desea nuestra fe para que podamos finalmente estar dispuestos a ver el mundo invisible de las riquezas de Dios.

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February 21, 2014

Bishop Rob Wright: Test

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Do you remember fire drills? Class interrupted. Walking quickly and quietly outside. It was a test for the principal, the teachers and the students. The building might burn, but we would be fine.
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February 15, 2014

Bishop Rob Wright: Unlearn

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

As soon as you learn the commandments and feel competent in the tradition, Jesus asks for more.
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January 31, 2014

Bishop Rob Wright: Foolishness

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

What we call power some call foolishness. Jesus' cross points back to the particular crucifixion of a particular man, and simultaneously points us forward through our pain, doubt and death into life. It's a paradox. An intense movie with a twist ending. None fully comprehend it, but it's true.
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January 25, 2014

Bishop Rob Wright: Note to Church: Activate

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Jesus said we should 'pray to God to send laborers out into his harvest.' (Matthew 9:35-10:23).
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January 19, 2014

Bishop Rob Wright: Will Power: Martin Luther King

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

'I just want to do God's will,' Dr. King said in his last sermon. For all his erudition, these words may be his best gift to us.
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January 10, 2014

Bishop Rob Wright: Up from the Water

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

John baptized Jesus. Baptism marked a new beginning of his life with God. Up from the water, Jesus had that moment.
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December 13, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Activity

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

What is leadership anyway? Some think leadership is a special sauce: equal parts charisma, smarts and training. Jesus and John knew better: Leadership is activity, available to all. All.
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December 06, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: One Word

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

When did we get this lifetime supply of grace? At our birth! It's inside us ready and waiting. Divine appetite. Godly capacity. So far so good; what's our part?
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November 23, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Plans

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

The church proclaims that 'Christ is King.' King of what? One answer is king of plans.
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November 15, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Gaining

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Endurance allows us to gain our souls, Jesus said. Soul is the breath of God in us from the beginning. Call it inborn divine capacity. Treasure in a clay jar. But, we can activate it.
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November 03, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Surrounded

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Lots of people believe in angels. God's messengers. Beings with and without physical form. Partners with God in love. They are a part of God's instrumentation for goodness and relationship with us. We simply call them angels.
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October 11, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: One

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Ten were healed of their disease. One returned, gave thanks and celebrated God for this saving act. Jesus marveled at this man's gratitude. He also marveled that nine were silent and absent when it was time to say thanks.
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October 04, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Move!

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

God is faithful, so we respond in faith. God plays the tune, we choose to dance. Jesus said that with faith you can move a tree.
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September 27, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Connected

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Faith is to connect to and live out God-induced dreams.
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September 21, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: 50! The Harvest is Plentiful

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

We went on a campus walk at The University of the West Indies; 50 young people told us that they wanted to know more about Christ and Christian community. I was startled by the number. All we did was say hello. No proselytizing, just an offer of conversation.
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September 15, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright's Day1 Prayer Breakfast Message: An Apostolic Future for the Church

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Since this is a prayer breakfast, let me share a part of my prayer life with you. I have been bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta for just shy of one year. And of all the prayers I have prayed, the prayer that seems to have moved into my heart and set up shop comes from Jesus’ observation and directive from Luke 10.2: The harvest truly is great, laborers are few: pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest would send forth laborers into His harvest.
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September 13, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: For the Lost

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

I was born in a foundling home. (That's Catholic Church speak for orphanage.) That may be why I think a lot about Jesus' three stories of being lost and found: a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost man.
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September 06, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Clay

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Jeremiah heard a whisper from God: Go and watch the potter work the clay. See how he takes something flawed and spoiled and reworks it according to his good purpose. There's a spectacular image for our best relationship to God!
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August 31, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Satisfied

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

I love the Psalms: 150 pieces of rap music in the Bible. They're honest. Where are you, God? Do you see my pain? Why do the evil prosper? Then there are other psalms, psalms I hope you can say, psalms that speak of being satisfied with God.
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August 24, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: 16 Minutes

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Sixteen minutes and 16 seconds. That was the length of Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech given 50 years ago this week. It was the climax of the March on Washington, bringing 300,000 men, women and children of every color, creed and class together.
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August 16, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: To Bring Fire

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

To bring fire is Jesus' purpose statement in Luke 12:49. Purpose guides like the bright North Star in a black sky. Our purpose is uniquely ours. It's our mature decision and commitment.
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August 10, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Hall of Faith

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Baseball has Cooperstown, New York; football has Canton, Ohio; basketball has Springfield, Massachusetts. Where is the hall of fame for the faithful?
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August 04, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Foolish

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

It's jarring to see Jesus call an enterprising businessman a fool. Look at his life: small fields into big fields, small barns into bigger barns. Luke 12: 13-21
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June 30, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Not in the Whirlwind!

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

It's been a whirlwind this week for our country with the Supreme Court decisions on voting rights and the right to marry. My phone exploded with calls, e-mails, Facebook and Twitter posts. Each wanted to know where I am on the issues.
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June 23, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Rest

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

When I rest, I feel so good, such that I don't know why I don't rest more. Summertime, for many, brings a slowdown. I pray that you will use this slowdown to rest your minds, bodies and souls this summer.
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June 16, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Father's Day

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Ever thought about Noah on Father's Day? God asked Noah to build something out of faith in plain view of his children.
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June 10, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Details (Luke 7:13) - Day1.org

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

You can read the Bible and get lost in the details. Preachers do it all the time! Anthropology, sociology, psychology -- it's all there, all interesting. But don't miss in scripture how God chooses to be God!
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June 02, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Worry

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

If it's not the economy, it's the water. If it's not the water, it's the family. Seems irresponsible not to worry. Jesus said, You can't add one inch to your height by worrying.
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May 24, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: How to Be Christian with other Faiths

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

How are we to be -- in a climate of relativism, amongst the spiritual -- with nonbelievers and with believers of every stripe?
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May 12, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: In Thanksgiving

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Thank God for those mothers we love but see no longer, mothers who live with God now but watch over us from heaven's balcony.
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April 28, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: New

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

To be Christian is to choose to be like Christ. We judge our growth in the Lord by how much more we look like the Lord from one year to the next.
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The Right Rev. Robert Wright - A Day1 Conversation

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The Right Rev. Robert Wright, the new Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss the work of being Bishop in such a diverse diocese, the historic nature of his election, and the work ahead of Episcopalians in Georgia. Don't miss it! It's a conversation of faith, and hope, only on Day1.
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April 19, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: A Psalm for the Living (Psalm 23) - Day1.org

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

We pray Psalm 23, mostly, when people die. But it's much more a psalm for the living!
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April 14, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: More Than Fish

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Jesus died and Peter returned to fishing. Back to an old version of himself. Leading people, but only to fish-less waters. Catching nothing, but busy at it! Into this frustrated disappointment comes Jesus, risen. He guides Peter toward fish, more fish than he could have imagined.
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April 05, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Here Comes the Dreamer

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Yesterday the Episcopal Church with people globally gave thanks for the life and ministry of a man who taught nonviolence and was murdered for it.
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March 22, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Lent 2013: Toward

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

When God is moving inside of you, you move toward God in the world. That's Palm Sunday in a nutshell.
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March 15, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Lent 2013: Loss and Gain

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Loss is God's growth strategy. Jesus' life teaches us this. His life teaches us that loss for God's sake is gain. An evolving, generative and joyful spiritual life hinges on uncoerced losing-offering so we can gain more Christ.
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March 17, 2013

What's the Point?

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

In his sermon for the fifth Sunday of Lent, Bishop Robert Wright explores the Apostle Paul's teaching in Philippians 3:4-14 to encourage the church to press on toward the goal.
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March 10, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Lent 2013: Bitter

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Jesus told a story about a man with two sons: one a runaway, one bitter.
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March 01, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Lent 2013: Looking for Fruit

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Fruit is the exterior confirmation of interior generation. God is not as vague as we would like God to be. Fruit is a clear expectation from God to us.
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February 23, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Lent 2013: Rejection

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

One definition of sin is resisting Truth. God is the founding reality of all realities; that is the Truth.
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February 17, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Lent 2013: Identity Theft

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Lent is the season to reclaim the truth of who we are. A time to shake off partial definitions and distorted understandings of ourselves.
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February 13, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: An Ash Wednesday Meditation

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

We are dust, we are finite, and God alone is infinite. This truth brings liberation. How?
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February 08, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: 5 Days Left

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

In just five days we will begin the season of Lent. I love Lent; I find it so pregnant with spiritual possibility. I beg you, let this Lent be more than the exercise of willpower.
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February 06, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Above the Law

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

I wish more of us who consider divorce would also consider that you and your beloved may not be done, only stuck!
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January 29, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Why Change?

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

What prompted Paul to change his life? Jesus called his name and asked him a question.
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January 21, 2013

Bishop Robert Wright Offers Some Words from Dr. King

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Dr. King's last Sunday sermon was preached in The Washington National Cathedral. Here is an excerpt we would do well to meditate on today.
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January 14, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Just a Moment

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

On the day Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended and God spoke. It was one of those life-changing moments, where God is so close. We have had those kinds of moments. When was your last one?
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January 05, 2013

Bishop Rob Wright: Like the Wise Men

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Here are three ways to be like the wise men this year.
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December 21, 2012

Bishop Robert Wright: Inappropriate Joy?

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Talk of joy will seem inappropriate to many this Christmas. Death has brought us a thick cloud of sorrow. But a teenage mother, Mary, helps us claim joy in the face of death. She calls to us, "My spirit rejoices in God my Savior...." (Luke 1.47)
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December 09, 2012

Bishop Robert Wright: God's Word in the Wilderness

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

While the world's leaders are leading, maintaining the status quo with their words, "...the word of God came to John in the wilderness." God's word breaks into the real world and re-describes it; it finds the gaps in our words and breaks in where it can be heard. So what?
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December 03, 2012

Bishop Robert Wright on Advent: Again

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

Advent is the season where we practice how to expect something new from God.
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The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright (Part 1) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

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The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright, rector of Atlanta's St. Paul's Episcopal Church, sits down in the studio with Day1 host Peter Wallace for a discussion on life at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the lively faith community that has developed there.
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The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright (Part 2) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright, rector of Atlanta's St. Paul's Episcopal Church, sits down in the studio with Day1 host Peter Wallace for a discussion on life at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the lively faith community that has developed there.
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February 07, 2010

Why Some People Don't Catch Fish

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright takes a fresh look at Christ's call to the first disciples, and reveals why some Christians are not effective in serving and reaching others.
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January 31, 2010

Love Is for Grownups

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright (TEC)

The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright mines the depths of 1 Corinthians 13, and shares how to love for Christ's sake in today's world.