Why I attended OWS Spring Training

Call to Action:  99% Spring Training      With the goal of training 100,000 people this Spring in community organizing and non-violent direct action, the 99% Spring coalition hopes to gather a critical mass of people power to “draw a line in the sand and say ‘No More!” to the corporations and wealthy power brokers who collectively have hijacked our democracy. Given last year’s Supreme Court decision granting corporations and superpacs legal provisions to spend

Time to Occupy Christmas

An usually large, warm, Full Moon was visible and clear in the sky today over Madison, NJ. According to earthsky.org “the big and bright waning gibbous moon shines directly in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins, the radiant point for the Geminid meteor shower (going on tonight). Gemini’s two brightest stars are Castor and Pollux. They shine quite close to the moon tonight.”  I looked up and down, all around, and inside and out, and though I did not see the

Drew Today–Full Spectrum

Rev. Jesse Jackson Joins United Methodist Leaders at Occupy Service What do Drew, Jesse Jackson and Newt Gingrich have in common? Here are two video clips from Drew Today, the university’s online news channel, illustrating the political spectrum of faculty, students and alumni:  (http://drew.edu/today)   Prayers and Protest Social justice is integral to the mission of the Theological School and its Shalom initiative, so it wasn’t so out of the ordinary that they led last

Politics of Jesus

Jesse Jackson support Obery Hendricks speaking at OSW Dr. Obery Hendricks, Professor of New Testament Intepretation at New York Theological Semianry, Scholar in Residence at Columbia University, and author of The Politics of Jesus, attended the Occupy Advent service with Jesse Jackson and was invited to speak. “Treat the people’s needs as holy…” is one of seven strategies Jesus used to “give a voice to the voiceless” and “expose the workings of oppression” —to challenge the

Three Stories of Shalom at Drew

Friends of Shalom:   I want to share with you three shalom stories that were posted this week on Drew’s Homepage:  http://www.drew.edu/ Feature on Drew Shalom intern, Gaius Charles, on how he balances his acting career and seminary studies. $85,000 grant received last month from Jessie Ball duPont Fund for ShalomZone Training enhancements. Jessie Jackson Joins us at OWS video clip    I posted more news coverage, video clips, content, and reflection on our Occupy Advent service last week.  http://michael-christensen.blogspot.com/search/label/shalom%20zone