The General Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright will deliver the prestigious Paddock Lectures. Bishop Wright will speak on "The Leadership of Jesus" on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm and Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. To get tickets go to: https://paddocklectures2016.eventbrite.com
The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright is the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. At the time of his election in June 2012, he had served ten years as Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Prior to that, he was a school chaplain and on the staff of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City.
Since becoming bishop, Wright addressed the Georgia state legislature about gun control, spoke up for Medicaid expansion and has been a vocal and active opponent of the death penalty in Georgia. In commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he prayed with a City of Atlanta sanitation crew before taking an early morning shift on the back of a city garbage truck. In January 2015, he was named among the 100 Most Influential Georgians by GeorgiaTrend magazine.
Wright was born in a Roman Catholic orphanage in Pittsburgh and was adopted at nine months of age. After graduating high school, he served five years in the U.S. Navy. While attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., he worked as a child advocate for two mayors. He earned his M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and he has been awarded honorary doctor of divinity degrees by the Virginia seminary, Sewanee: The University of the South, and most recently by General Seminary in May, 2015.
The Paddock lectures were founded in 1880 by General Seminary benefactor, George A. Jarvis, and named in honor of the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Henry Paddock, Class of 1852. The Lectures have brought to General’s campus a remarkable group of Anglican scholars, from William Temple to Sarah Coakley.