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Ordination of Robert Wright as New Bishop

The ordination of the Rev. Robert C. Wright as the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta. 

“My hope for this ordination is to welcome and worship with as much of our diocese and our neighbors as possible. Like the children's song says, I want to ‘draw the circle wide,’” Wright said. No tickets or special invitations are required for admission. 

The service begins with 30 minutes of special music provided by a massed choir from across the diocese. Seven choral anthems and congregational singing will be directed by Trey Clegg, director of music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, the bishop-elect’s home parish. 

The Most Rev.Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside at the service, and Ambassador Andrew J. Young former mayor of Atlanta and ambassador to the United Nations, as well as an ordained minister -- will deliver the sermon. 

The event also will draw bishops from across the church joining with with some 250 diocesan clergy in procession. Seven bishops are designated as co-consecrators with Bishop Jefferts Schori. They are: J. Neil Alexander, the ninth bishop of Atlanta; Frank K. Allan, the eighth bishop of Atlanta; Keith B. Whitmore, assistant bishop; Barbara Harris, bishop suffragan resigned of the Diocese of Massachusetts; Jane Holmes Dixon, bishop suffragan resigned of the Diocese of Washington; Chester Talton, suffragan bishop resigned of the Diocese of Los Angeles; and Michael Curry, bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina. 
  • There are several efforts underway to make the service more accessible. 
  • Sign-language interpreters will be stationed at the front, far right, of the worship space. 
  • There will be several copies of the service booklet available in Braille. 
  • A video stream of the service is anticipated. A link is to be posted on the front page of the Diocese of Atlanta website. 
  • A downloadable copy of the service booklet will be posted as well. 
When it was determined that the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip would not have enough seats to hold the numbers of people planning to attend the liturgy, the event was moved to the King Chapel at Morehouse. Wright has thanked the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Carter, dean of the chapel, for making the space available. He also noted the symbolism of ordaining the diocese’s first African-American bishop at the historically black college, the alma mater of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The Morehouse website calls the chapel “the world’s most prominent living religious memorial” to Dr. King. “It is a ‘world house’ where we welcome and honor distinguished global citizens who embody the vision of peace,” the site says. “It is in this manner that we inspire examples of Christ’s consciousness of unconditional love.” 

At 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, there will be a liturgy of welcome and the official seating of the new bishop at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The diocese’s 10th bishop will preach. Cathedral Dean Sam Candler will celebrate the Eucharist.