It’s great to see the following book: Prophet of Justice, Prophet of Life: Essays on William Stringfellow, edited by Robert Boak Slocum back in print, courtesy of Wipf & Stock (re-published Jan 2014). I have the original 1997 Church Publishing Incorporated, New York edition. It has some great essays in it, including the very goof oft-quoted ‘Listen to this Man’: A Parable Before the Powers by Bill Wylie-Kellermann.
“Who was William Stringfellow? Like most prophets, he was brilliant. But he was also, like most prophets, difficult, irascible, suspicious, contentious—and full of courage. He was a lawyer, a social activist, and a dedicated communicant of the Episcopal Church. He graduated from Harvard Law School in the 1950s but put aside the promise of a lucrative career and went to work in East Harlem, one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods. At the height of the Vietnam War, he took the Reverend Daniel Berrigan into his home and was indicted for harboring a fugitive. In the 1970s, while the Episcopal Church was struggling with such issues as the ordination of women and the funding of programs for minorities, he accused the ecclesiastical hierarchy of arrogance, duplicity, and lack of leadership.
Everything William Stringfellow said and did was grounded in his profound belief in the Incarnation and the Eschaton. He knew Jesus Christ to be the Word of God, who is in all things and who challenges the powers and principalities of this world, calling people and institutions to repentance and newness of life.
In Prophet of Justice, Prophet of Life editor Robert Boak Slocum has gathered a diverse group of clergy, legal scholars, and seminary faculty to produce this stimulating and provocative series of essays on the life and work of William Stringfellow.”
Publisher information here. See also this brief 2013 article by Fr. John Dear – a recommendation to read another recently published (Dec. 2013) book, one, which collects Stringfellow’s “essential” writings.