In Memory of Ruth Richardson

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a hugh crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perpetuates our faith

In  Remembrance of

Alma Ruth Hubbard Richardson

June 16, 1939-November, 2020

    In life, you meet maybe two, three, or four people who live out the words of Fr. Henri Nouwen, and who truly love you without judgment or expectation:

“God’s question is: “Are you reading the signs of your time as signs asking you to repent and be converted?” What really counts is our willingness to let the immense sufferings of our brothers and sisters free us from all arrogance and from all judgments and condemnations and give us a heart as gentle and humble as the heart of Jesus.”

        These words describe Ruth Hubbard Richardson, who grew up on a farm in Southeast Missouri. She became a teacher and married the Reverend David Richardson, and his ministry became her ministry.

    During their time in Southeast Missouri they had a young boy in their church. He felt called to ministry at an early age, and David steered him into what was considered “liberal theology,”,–Ie James Cone and “Liberaton Theology”, and shaped him into being racially tolerant and open and affirming. David and Ruth set this young man on a road freeing him of prejudice, homophobia and judgment.

    Even though they moved on, they never left the young boy behind, as he grew, they journeyed with him. He had a learning disablitlity not recognized at the time and was thinking of dropping out of college, and Ruth looked him straight in the eye and said bluntly: “Are you called to preach or to go plow corn, you turn away from the plow, you will never be happy.” And she pointed him into help for the disability. He received a Masters, and later two Doctorates.

    She stood with him at his ordination, and through the years as he struggled with his sexuality and came to parting ways with his  denomination (as David did years later for their lack of being open and affirming), she reminded him of that call, and as he lived on the streets and was a prositute she stood by his side and gave thanks to God loud and clear when he reentered the ministry.

    Through the years since she has always been a cheer leader.

    Ruth lived out the “signs of the times” to: “Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.” Micah 6:8

    Ruth is now in that Great Cloud of Witnesses cheering us on, calling us to continue to be faithful to Jesus, Amen, Amen, and Amen! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Father River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

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We now pray the Office of the Dead in Her Honor and Memory.

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