Remembering Eugene H. Peterson October 23, 2018 By Collegeville Institute Leave a Comment Eugene H. Peterson Yesterday morning, our friend Eugene H. Peterson passed away. Most well-known for The Message, his paraphrase of the Bible, Peterson was widely recognized as a “pastor to pastors.” We knew him as a wise and gentle leader, who facilitated writing workshops for pastors at the Collegeville Institute in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He was also a 2011 short-term Resident Scholar and led a summer consultation on “Narrating Pastoral Vocation.” Sari Fordham, who co-led the “Writing and the Pastoral Life: A Week With Eugene Peterson” workshops at the Collegeville Institute, wrote a tribute to Peterson for Spectrum Magazine. She referenced her experience then as a young, unexperienced writing coach: “The only time Eugene spoke was when everyone in the room seemed to doubt my advice. He would raise his hand and wait until it quieted. Then in a voice so soft that everyone had to lean forward, he would agree with me, articulating my point so much better than I had. “I’m learning a lot from you,” he once said without a trace of irony.” Read Sari Fordham’s tribute to Eugene H. Peterson » Read an excerpt from Eugene H. Peterson’s book As Kingfishers Catch Fire » Like this post? Subscribe to have new posts sent to you by email the same day they are posted.