The Reverend Canon Richard Morrison retired on July 1, 2018 as the Interim Rector of the Church of the Epiphany. Prior to this role, he was on the staff of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona as Canon for Ecumenical and Community Affairs. He has also been a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, and, of course, Rector of a local parish. Richard is the recipient of the Town of Gilbert's Centennial Award for Religion.
Service to seminaries has been a passion of Richard’s. He has served on the boards of the Claremont School of Theology, the Seabury-Western School of Theology, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (where he was Chairman of the Board). He took two years out of law practice to also serve as Vice-President of the Claremont School of Theology.
In December of 2015, Richard and co-author, Billie Fidlin, published Led by God, a monograph to accompany Richard's book Activate Human Capital.
In a time when anxiety and brokenness have become hallmarks of so many institutions, this small volume abounds with wisdom and insight for those who seek a better way. Every page offers valuable perspectives on how leaders, in the church and beyond, can both value and benefit from the too often underappreciated gifts of our most valuable resource – the people with whom we serve.
While the principles have been distilled into seven People-Centric insights, Morrison and Fidlin offer a path to transform entire human ecologies toward hope, worth and productivity. For many, the language of Servant Leadership has become just another shibboleth – in these pages are insights that liberate anew the understanding that in all our ministry and service, all may gain in self worth and their true value to the community.
~Philip Amerson, President Emeritus, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Richard Morrison and Billie Fidlin have proved that combining Christian ethics with modern business practice is not only possible, but is a winning combination for the church. Building upon their considerable experience in both secular and religious organizations, they have shown us a management technique that is both compassionate and effective. This is must reading for church leaders!
~The Right Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, Ph.D, D. D.
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Community Service & Involvement
Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Board of Trustees
Claremont School of Theology
Board of Trustees
Episcopal Diocese of Arizona
Legal Advisor to the Bishop, the
Convention, to several boards
and commissions of the Diocese;
legal counsel to political asylum refugees
Seabury-Western School of Theology
Member, Board of Trustees
Presentations and Publications
Led by God, December 2016
Feeding the World, delivered at the annual meeting of the Agribusiness Council of Arizona, May, 2012
Cancer as an Occasion of Grace. Seabury Crosscroads, Spring, 2005
News and Media
Eastern Arizona Courier: Religious, civic leaders team to fight human trafficking...
Saturday, January 10, 2015
The Arizona Republic: Addressing issues hurting vulnerable populations builds better Arizona future...
Friday, June 13, 2014
By Richard Morrison
Episcopal News Service: Canon Richard Morrison Elected Board Chair at CDSP
Tuesday, November 4, 2014