The Rev. Canon Rhonda Lee Stepping Down
The Diocese of North Carolina announces today that the Rev. Canon Rhonda Lee is stepping away from her role as regional canon. She will remain on staff through the end of 2021, continuing her work with racial justice and restitution.
“I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the clergy, laity and others with whom I have walked during my seven years as regional canon, and I hope to maintain those relationships after my departure from the staff,” said Lee.
Lee’s calling in the areas of racial and social justice is long-standing and runs deep. A native of Montreal, Quebec, one of her reasons for moving to the United States was to work in these very areas. Ordained in 2005, she also holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Duke University. Upon joining the diocesan staff in 2014 to serve as canon to the Charlotte and Sandhills convocations, she said, “I’ve long been a scholar of nonviolence, Christian spiritual practices and the struggle for racial justice.” Her ministry both before and since joining the diocesan staff successfully brings together these areas through her practices of prayer and hospitality.
“We are grateful to Canon Lee for her many gifts to, for and with our congregations as part of our staff team,” said the Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman, bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina. “Among them are her inspiring preaching, her prayerful encouragement of mission to the community and her deep engagement in developing strong and healthy partnership among clergy and lay leaders. We are thankful for her continuing leadership in our essential work around racial justice and reconciliation through the end of the year, as we continue to build beloved community here in the Diocese of North Carolina.”
Lee’s final day as regional canon will be September 25.
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