Support the Café

Search our Site

Rise in glory, Ted Gleason

Rise in glory, Ted Gleason

From the Rev. Scott Gunn of Forward Movement:

The Rev. Edward S. Gleason, editor and director of Forward Movement from 1995 to 2005, died Thursday, Oct. 31.

Known to many Forward Movement readers by his initials, E.S.G., Gleason led Forward Movement into the early days of the digital transformation. A gifted writer, he wrote numerous issues of Forward Day by Day as well as other books and articles. During his tenure, he committed to being in touch with readers, authors and supporters, writing at least twenty-six letters each day with the help and patience of his wife, Anne.

Gleason developed a particularly close relationship with Bo Cox, one of Forward Movement’s most beloved authors. Gleason visited Cox in prison, and the two shared a lifelong friendship. In fact, Gleason wrote the foreword to a soon-to-be published collection of Cox’s work, I Will With God’s Help. And Cox has dedicated the book to Gleason, his friend and mentor.

Before his ministry at Forward Movement, Gleason was the director of development and a member of the faculty of Virginia Theological Seminary, headmaster of Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts, and school minister of The Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He also served congregations as a rector and curate.

Gleason and his wife, Anne, were married for fifty-eight years and spent the last several years living in Washington, D.C. They have three grown daughters and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held later this year.

Speaking of Gleason’s leadership, the Rev. Scott Gunn, Forward Movement’s current executive director, said, “Forward Movement’s strong position in the church today is a credit to Ted’s vision and leadership. On a personal note, I will miss Ted’s humor, encouragement, and wisdom.”

In the prologue of one of his books, New Life, Gleason wrote, “Life is driven by renewal, the persistent energy of rebirth that makes all things new. Pain and loss and death are inevitable, but each and every time they happen, there will be new life. Death happens, but it is never the final answer.

“Everything that begins ends, and every ending contains the promise of a new beginning.”


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café