The Rev. Fleming Rutledge

Fleming Rutledge, having spent twenty-two years in parish ministry,
now has an international preaching vocation. Her three sermon
collections, The Bible and The New York Times, Help My
, and The Undoing of Death (Eerdmans) have met
with wide acclaim across denominational lines. Her most recent books are
The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Divine Design in The
Lord of the Rings
and The Seven Last Words. She has
received a grant from the Louisville Institute to finish her book-length
treatment of the meaning of the Crucifixion for today’s world.
Mrs. Rutledge served as interim rector of St. John’s, Salisbury,
Connecticut (1996–97), and has twice been a resident Fellow at the
Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton.

Mrs. Rutledge is widely recognized in the United States, in Canada,
and in the UK not only as a preacher and lecturer, but also as one who
teaches other preachers. Her particular expertise is the intersection of
Biblical theology with contemporary culture, current events and
politics, literature, music and art. She is invited to preach regularly
in prominent pulpits such as the Duke University Chapel, Trinity Church
in Boston, the National Cathedral, and the Harvard Memorial
Chapel.  She taught at the Cathedral College of Preachers in

Ordained to the diaconate in 1975, Mrs. Rutledge was one of the first
women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church (January
1977). She matriculated at General Theological Seminary and received her
M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1975.

For fourteen years Mrs. Rutledge was assistant and then Senior
Associate at Grace Church in New York City, a parish celebrated at that
time for its youthful congregation and evangelistic preaching. She was
actively involved in the renewal there. Her previous position was at
Christ’s Church, Rye, New York, where she was known for her
creation and leadership of an extensive Christian program for
high-school youth.

A native of Franklin, Virginia, Mrs. Rutledge graduated from Sweet
Briar College in 1959, magna cum laude with highest honors in
English. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded an honorary
D.Div from Virginia Theological Seminary in May 1999.

past cathedral appearances