Correction on Fr. Rian Adams Story and Related Thoughts

This morning, I received the following kind message, which I wanted to share with you:

From: Tom Purdy <[email protected]>Subject: Fr. Rian AdamsMessage Body:Hello. I am the Rector at Christ Church, Frederica on St. Simons Island, and I’d like to offer a correction to your recent post on Fr.Rian Adams. Despite the error in the Fletcher newspaper, Fr. Adams did not serve as Rector of Christ Church. He served as my associate for eight months before accepting a call to Fletcher. I have no other comment to make, just to offer the correction. I appreciate your article and it’s appeal for a pastoral response. I am keeping Fr. Rian and his parish in my prayers.Tom Purdy(I am currently out of the countey and cannot access my parish email until next Monday.– This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Surviving Church — A Progressive Perspective (

Fr. Purdy’s comments underscore an important point in all of this, which is that, to the best of my knowledge, none of us are reporting from the original police report. I am not, and have not yet located a copy, and must rely on secondary sources. Thus, we don’t know what we don’t know, and it’s important not to rush to judgment.

Several readers also have voiced discomfort with Fr. Adams’ red Corvette. While I agree that, at first blush, this is an atypical vehicle for a member of the clergy, here too we don’t know all the facts. If, for example, he inherited it, would we say he’s not entitled to enjoy it in his leisure time? Again, let’s not rush to judgment when a priest, his parish and family are in trouble.

About Eric Bonetti

I'm a cradle Episcopalian, living in Northern Virginia. My interests include writing, policy, sports, cooking, volunteer work, good food and wine, and teaching kids' cooking classes. I retired in 2017 and now just work for fun. I'm also a regular contributor to Episcopal Cafe, and have been published at HuffPo and other major sites and publications.
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