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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


Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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