There’s Something About Mary

Invited to preach on the First Sunday of Advent at Palo Alto United Methodist Church, I offered Five Lessons of Mary of Nazareth on her Willingness to wait for the world to Change: I.  The Annunciation (1:26-38)–“There’s something about Mary” Luke’s account of the Annunciation (1:26-27), tells us a number of things about Mary:  “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee with a bad reputation (“Can anything good

Occupy Advent in Solidarity with the 99%

Jubilee Angel Advent is a good time to Occupy. I have been following, participating, and blogging about the OccupyWall Street movement for several weeks now, and I am ready to recommend some specific solidarity actions during this Advent season. I’m calling on Ministers of Shalom, designated Shalom Zones, Communities of Shalom, Belivers Without Borders, and other faith-based groups and people of good will, to find creative ways to “seek shalom in the community where you

Lord, Hear Our Prayers

On this 60th day of Occupy Wall Street, protestors camping at Zuccotti Park were removed by force early this morning, many arrested, as frustration escalates. Early morning photos of Un-Occupying the Park Direct Actions for the two-month anniversary of the movement are being organized:  OccupyFaithNYC.org  Let us pray that this anti-greed and pro-economic reform movement does not turn violent.   And let us hope and pray that OccupyFaith finds new ways to support the highest ideals

Does God Have Favorites?

Today is the 58th day of Occupy Wall Street, my fifth time to occupy with faith. Three worship services on Sunday is certainly enough prayer, praise and protest for one day. The Path Train from Hoboken delivered me to Christopher Street in the West Village which was an easy walk to the Church of the Village: A Progressive United Methodist Church.  “Bishop J” is senior pastor (who had set up several shalom zones when he was Bishop

OWS Organizers Meet with OccupyFaith Leaders

MinisterMichael Ellick is a good and faithful pastor at Judson Church in Greenwich Village.  He also is a gifted and courageous community organizer.   Fully active in OWS since its inception, and contributing faith-based solidarity and support, Michael instigated OccupyFaithNYC within the first month of the movement. Michael, Eric Jackson, and several members of Judson captured national public attention on October 9 by bringing a  Golden Calf to the protest movement on Wall Street.  Michael also is a