Ernsting's Second Crusade
Stewart is another chapter of another book--an outspoken iconoclast with tattoos up her arms, she has a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry and worked at Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis for years, quitting shortly after Pfizer took over: "I could see that the personality traits that got me promoted every year at Parke were going to get me fired at Pfizer." So she became an artist, and one of her jobs is bringing in artists to do trunk shows at Ophir. How did she meet Ernsting? "We have the same hair dresser."
Though Ernsting isn't sending out religious messages, she doesn't deny the part Christianity plays in her life and her politics. "I care about the poor," she says, evading the liberal/conservative labels but giving a thumbs up to the new pope. "The good news of Christianity is all about our relationships and the good news of salvation. People need something bigger than themselves."
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[Originally published in November, 2013.]