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Diocese Recogizes Jim Parkinson

Parishioner James T. Parkinson was recognized by the Diocese of Virginia at the 221st Annual Council Results meeting held March 5 at Epiphany, Herndon. Below is the text of the Courtesy Resolution submitted by the Diocesan Missionary Society and the Trustees of the Funds:

Courtesy Resolution
Mr. James Parkinson

Whereas, James T. Parkinson has been and remains a faithful member of the body of Christ, serving the Episcopal Church in many ways, both formally and informally; and

Whereas, Jim, who was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, received his MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and had a long and distinguished career in investment management, his service in the Episcopal Church has included faithful committee work at churches in New York and Virginia, and

Whereas, on the national level, Jim was a long-time board member of the American Bible Society, an institution founded in 1816 which seeks to make the bible accessible to all, with his service to them including national Vice-Chair; and

Whereas, he served on the board of the Diocesan Missionary Society from 2006 to 2015, including serving as Secretary from 2007 to 2015; and

Whereas, he served on the board of the Trustees of the Funds from 2000 to 2006, and then again from 2008 to 2014; and

Whereas, during his time on the boards of the Diocesan Missionary Society and The Trustees of the Funds, Jim helped shape, grow and improve the financial processes of each organization, earning the deep respect and profound admiration of his board colleagues and supporting staff by using his fine talents in leadership, listening, financial management and humor to support the work of the Church in and beyond Virginia; and

Whereas, Jim and his wife, the Rev. Caroline Parkinson, are members of St. James’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, and have contributed tremendously to the life of the Church in lay and ordained ministry through their collective optimism, civic-mindedness and dedication; now therefore be it

Resolved, that the 221st Council of the Diocese of Virginia expresses its sincere appreciation to James T. Parkinson, for his loyal service and continued dedication to the Diocesan Missionary Society, the Trustees of the Funds and the Diocese of Virginia as a whole, and does hereby recognize and express sincere gratitude to him for his leadership and gifts freely offered to enrich the quality of our communal life; and be it further

Resolved, that the 221st Council requests the Secretary of the Diocese to provide Jim with a copy of this resolution.

Edward W. Jones, Secretary of Council

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