Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of eight books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.
One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for fourteen years on the clergy staff at Grace Church on Lower Broadway at Tenth Street, New York City.
Fleming and her husband celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2009 and have two daughters and two grandchildren. She is a native of Franklin, Virginia.
Discerning God's Work In The World: Tips From The Times For Preachers: November 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Occupy movement, continuedOne one level, it has become more and more difficult to defend the "occupiers," as the encampments become more and more a public nuisance. On another level, the essential nature of the protest is beginning seriously to unnerve the plutocrats, and that is a good thing (see recent Rumination on "Chip" Skowron's crimes). It is much to be hoped that the leaders of the movement, such as they are, will shut down the encampments and move toward a more coherent mode of protest. It cannot be denied from a biblical point of view that there is much to be said for a people's uprising against corporate greed and corruption.
A column two days ago by noted writer James B. Stewart (Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Den of Thieves) argues that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact on public attitudes about egregious inequality (the 99% vs. the 1%). Stewart's column is short and easy to read, and he quotes diverse people, even including a Tea Party strategist. Here is the link:
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
The Occupy movementAfter reading a number of reports, columns, and articles from various perspectives, I can only say that I don't know what to make of the Occupy movement. I want to support it without qualification, because there have been so very many examples in the past hundred years of "people power" (see Jonathan Schell's excellent book about nonviolent protest, The Unconquerable World) but its incoherence and leaderlessness seems problematic.
There is one thing, however, that cannot, from a Christian point of view, be denied. Here are two expressions of it:
Anne-Marie Slaughter, respected analyst and Princeton professor, recently wrote:
...after electing a president who ran on the theme of hope and change, these
She is writing from the Middle East. Here is the link to the complete op-ed column:
And another article in the "Giving" section of The New York Times which appeared today as an introduction to the holiday season, offers these plain facts:
The number of Americans living below the poverty line — 46.2 million — is the
Whatever the Occupy movement may turn out to be, there can be no question about the responsibility of Christians to pay attention. It is hard to know exactly what to do, but to do nothing is to betray the Lord who exemplified love for the poor and called for conscience on the part of the rich.
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