Retired Bishop Kenneth Carder joins Bishop Ward to discuss an upcoming event, “Crossroads: Prophetic Living in a Broken World” to be held June 2-4 at the Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC. This event for clergy and laity will be a time to worship, learn, grow, and be inspired.
BISHOP HOPE: Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
It is a great joy to welcome to North Carolina Bishop Ken Carder, who has served as a teacher and friend here in North Carolina through his work at the Duke Divinity School. Bishop Carder will be leading a retreat convened by the Heritage district. The retreat is called “Crossroads: Living at the Crossroads,” and will consider all the ways in which God is calling us to faithfulness at the crossroads of this life. It will build on the work that we are doing in racial reconciliation and help us to live deeply and well in faithfulness to God’s call. Bishop Carder welcome we look forward to seeing you in June.
BISHOP CARDER: Well thank you. I’m looking forward very much to returning to North Carolina and reconnecting with friends or students and colleagues there. I am especially excited about participating in the theme of this retreat, “Crossroads: Living a Prophetic Life in the Midst of a Broken World.”
Discipleship involves living at the crossroads – the crossroads of the world that God intends for us and the world as it is, and the church’s call to live now in the light of the world that God is bringing and that God has already brought in Jesus Christ. So I look forward to sharing with the participants in how we might live faithfully at the crossroads of the world that God dreams of, the world that God intends, the world that God is ultimately going to bring, and I hope that we can learn from each other as we participate in this time together. We bifurcate the gospel unfortunately in more recent times, assuming that there is a personal gospel and a social gospel. There’s only one gospel and it has personal and social ramifications and I hope that we can put those two together during our time together and live faithfully the whole gospel.
BISHOP HOPE: We thank God for you and we look forward to your presence with us. Travel safely to us very soon and we hope that each of you will consider in these moments setting this time apart so that you might grow in your discipleship following Jesus faithfully day by day.
May Christ’s peace, grace, and mercy be with you today and always.