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Rest in Peace, Rise in Glory: Rev. Terry Parsons

Rest in Peace, Rise in Glory: Rev. Terry Parsons

Word comes to us of the passing of The Rev. Terry Parsons, Rector at St. Alban’s Bay City, Michigan, and former missioner for The Episcopal Church’s office of Stewardship and Discipleship.

Parsons may be better known for the latter capacity, in which advocated theologically grounded, practical, and realistic stewardship practice.

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, bishop of the Diocese of Olympia who taught alongside Parsons at stewardship themed events through The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, blogged about his friend:

She gave much to this Church, and to me personally. I believe she was the inventor of the term “October Beg A Thon” when speaking of our stewardship drives each Fall, or at least she was the first one I ever heard utter it, and she had many others that will live on. She purely and succinctly lived one quote I will never forget, “you can’t sell soap if you don’t take baths.” Terry didn’t just talk about the Christian call to stewardship, she lived it and her legacy and example will live on. I have lost a dear friend and guide.


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TENS offers this remembrance from Rev. Julie Nelson:

Terry made everyone in her presence feel that they mattered, that God valued them, that God made them and loved them just as they are, and that they had been given gifts to share with the world. From watching Terry I learned that the most important thing we can do in this world is to treat every single person we meet with grace, respect, and dignity. It’s amazing what people can – and will – accomplish when they know that someone believes in them.


Torey Lightcap

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