Friends of Shalom,

As National Director, following the lead of my Dean at Drew, I have identified myself and Communities of Shalom –a multifaith coalition of religious leaders and faith-based organizations in metro New York in direct  solidarity with and support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Personally, I have visited Occupy camps in three cities and participated in three multifaith services at Zuccotti Park, and joined a dozen clergy and religious leaders who led the Occupy March across the Brooklyn Bridge on November 17–the second month anniversary of the movement.

On Sunday, December 4, Communities of Shalom will host and lead the weekly multifaith service at Zuccotti Park.  Our theme is Occupy Advent and we have tremendous support from Drew University and United Methodist leaders in New York, including Bishop Jeremiah Park of the York Annual Conference who will make a statement of support.

I write you today to invite you to attend the prayer service if your are nearby and able, and to pray for us if you are not available–that our prophetic witness will be clear and in the spirit of Shalom.

For background on the Shalom Zone on Wall Street, read the string of blog posts on Shalom and OccupyFaith and spread the word during Advent. 

Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D.

National Director, Communities of Shalom

Drew University   

Madison, NJ 07940