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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Cedric Sydney Rodney

Brother Cedric Sydney Rodney, 88, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed away November 20, 2012. He was born October 10, 1924 in Georgetown, Guyana in South America.

He graduated from Malone College in Canton, Ohio with a Bachelor of Religious Education degree. Later, he received a Master of Arts degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also attended Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree. He completed additional post graduate studies at Oxford University, Canterbury Ecumenical School in England and at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Brother Rodney was the pastor of St. Philips Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. from 1968 to 1976 and from 1984 to 2003. He also led other churches in Guyana, Ohio and Delaware. Dr. Rodney was a member of several boards in the Moravian Church: Salemtowne, Salem Academy and College, Moravian Theological Seminary, Old Salem, Moravian Historical Society and Historic Bethabara Park. Dr. Rodney also worked on the campus of Winston Salem State University for four decades which included the roles of Chaplain, faculty member, coordinator of the Youth for Christ Choir, chair of the Joseph N. Patterson Lecture Series, coordinator of the James A. Gray Lecture Series, and a member of numerous campus committees.

Brother Rodney is survived by his wife, Dr. Mae Lipscomb Rodney; three children from a previous marriage: Elise, Yvette and Cabot; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. A celebration of Brother Rodney’s life was held November 26, 2012 at Home Moravian Church. Burial followed in God’s Acre in Salem.


From the January/February 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week — Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Sunday, January 21 — Jonah 3:1–5,10; Psalm 62:5–12
1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Psalm 138:2

Jesus prays: “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26

Blessed Redeemer, on this holy day may our worship of you spill out of the sanctuary and into every aspect of our lives. May all that we do give testimony to your unifying love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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