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.
Ruminations: October 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Virginia Theological Seminary loses its chapelThe shocking news of the destruction of the Virginia Seminary chapel by fire on Friday has touched heartstrings all across this country. It was "only a building" and not a particularly beautiful one at that, but when one reflects on the sacred history and the memories of the prayers, the preaching, the associations and relationships, the sacraments and memorials, the pastoral care and the healing of souls that have taken place there since 1881, the loss sears the consciousness. Surely every Episcopalian can rally around the community in this time of mourning and grief, as a sign that we are still a people bound together by the love of God.
The Dean, Ian Markham, has posted an expressive prayer on the Seminary website:
Loving God, we give thanks. Our sense of loss is great—so we bring you our pain, our worry, our concerns. We give you the thousands of memories that go with our chapel. We trust that in you our memories are captured and saved for our eternal life. We give thanks for the community services that came to help us—firefighters and police. Our community is at prayer, and we give thanks that the fire was contained and that no lives were lost. We give you our concerns and worries. We pray for wisdom and discernment and we offer this moment and ourselves to you. In Jesus’ name we pray.
The website includes an easy way to donate to the chapel fire fund. My guess is that the outpouring will be great.
PS. There is much compelling material on the seminary website. VTS is doing a phenomenal job in that regard. The slide show (gallery of photos) is horrifying, but one cannot stop looking. At least two of the photos seem prayerful.
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