Rev. Bill Metzger

This message just went out on the Denton UU e-mail list:

Rev. Bill Metzger passed away peacefully this morning at Denton Regional Medical Center. He was 73 years old. His wife, our consulting minister Rev. Diana Heath, was with him when he passed. Rev. Diana and Bill’s children, David and Christine, have been at his side since he was moved from ICU to hospice care on Thursday. According to Bill’s wishes, the family will have him cremated.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 6 at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell Street, Denton Texas.

Please keep the Metzger-Heath family in your prayers.

I was impressed with Bill from the first time I met him, when I was Chair of the Ministerial Search Committee and he and Diana came to interview with us. He was kind and gentle, but it was clear there was a strong intellect and a strong spirituality about him. He spent twelve years as editor for the Theosophical Society – I tried a time or two to pick his brain about those years, but never got very far.

Bill was not in good health by the time he came to Denton. I always enjoyed listening to him preach, but I couldn’t help wishing I had heard him ten years earlier, when his body and voice were still as strong as his mind.

I’m blessed to have known Bill – I will miss him.

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About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been has been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.

  • http://www.mlflash.org Douglass T. Davidoff

    Dear JohnFranc,

    Please accept my sympathy to you and your fellow members at the UU Congregation of Denton for the loss of Rev. Dr. Bill Metzger.

    I appreciated your blog post about him, and incorporated some of it into a blog post just published concerning Rev. Metzger and two other alumni/ae of Meadville Lombard Theological School who recently passed away.

    You can read the blog post here.

    Faithfully,
    Douglass T. Davidoff
    Consultant for External Communications
    Meadville Lombard Theological School
    http://www.meadville.edu
    dtdavidoff@meadville.edu

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07966332208520204091 John Mott

    On behalf of the First UU church of Nashville, TN please accept our condolences. Rev. Metzger was our interim minister in 2004. His humor, insight and intellect were great gifts to our congregation. We will be making a donation to the Living Tradition fund and sending a card.

    John Mott
    President, First UU Nashville


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