Common Prayer for OWS

Minister Annie Allen, Program Associate and Coordinator of Training for Communities of Shalom at Drew, asked the Occupy Wall Street protest crowd to hold hands and pray this prayer together:  There is Power in Prayer Let us hold hands, touch  somebody Let us Pray all Together Holy, Gracious, Loving God You want Justice for your people We want Justice for your people Holy God you act though your children We are your Children Rain your

“Occupy Till I Come” Jesus said (Luke 19:13)

Bishop Alfred Johnson, Ret. Bishop of Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and currently Senior Pastor of Church of the Village Church in lower Manhattan, offered these bold and prophetic words  at the Occupy Advent Service at Zuccotti Park: “…This Sunday’s lectionary ushering us into the Advent season, featured the fiery and inspired “John the Baptist.”  Taking editorial liberties and paraphrasing a bit to embody our occasion here, the Gospel of Luke(3) boldly testifies: “right in the middle of

‘To Give You a Hope and a Future’

Bishop Jeremiah Park, Resident Bishop, New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, offered these prophetic words with great passion on Sunday, December 4, at the Occupy Advent church service with the OccupyWall Street congregation: Long ago, the prophet Jeremiah heard God speaking: “For I know the plans I have for you,”…. “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11) God’s plan for us

Occupy the Temple

Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett The following “Advent sermon” was offered by the Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett, University Chaplain, Drew University, on Sunday at the Occupy Wall Street church service: In the Christian tradition This is the season of Advent The time of year when Christians Wait for the Messiah, Jesus, to come Despite our fairy tale images, Jesus was no meek and mild child Jesus came to turn the world around To bring justice

Occupy–Down By the Riverside

Rev. David Best leads in prophetic song with Bishops and Chaplain at his side Rev. David Best of Towell and Basin ministries offered an adaption of the prayer-song “Down By the Riverside”, with new verses of repentance for three evils of our time–militarism, racism, and poverty– that obstruct the creation of the Beloved Community of Shalom: Here we are Lord, Down by the riverside. By the rivers of Babylon we hung our guitars and drums; our