Readings for Vida Dutton Scudder (December 15, 1861- October 9, 1954)
“It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.” (John 6:45)
“In 1911, Scudder founded the Episcopal Church Socialist League, and formally joined the Socialist party. Her support of striking textile workers in the Lawrence, Massachusetts strike in 1912 drew a great deal of criticism and threatened her teaching position. Though she initially supported World War I, she joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1923, and by the 1930s she was a pacifist. Throughout her life Scudder’s primary relationships and support network were women; her closest companion was Florence Converse, who shared in her religious faith and political ideals. After retirement, Scudder authored sixteen books on religious and political subjects, combining her intense activism with and an equally vibrant spirituality. She was the first woman published in the Anglican Theological Review.”
from the Episcopal Women’s History Project
I have preached about Vida Dutton Scudder for years on Wednesday evening healing services. While her day is tomorrow I will speak of her today as I will be out of town and not have the opportunity to preach tonight. It is not necessary for me to agree with her on all issues to admire how she follows God where God leads her. She was articulate, determined, compassionate and responsive to needs where she saw them. She allowed herself to be changed where, and when, change was necessary. She sought out those whom she could trust and was a faithful and devoted friend.
Even when her position was viewed as controversial she maintained her path. Jesus says, “It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.” Scudder maintained her Episcopal path of faith throughout her life and participated in its development. She examples what it means to live one’s faith no matter what. Thank You Jesus
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+