Posted by: smstrouse | October 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street SF: the Interfaith Response

It’s been so exciting to see religion showing up on Facebook and elsewhere in response to the Occupy Wall Street movement, quoting Jesus and everything!  I’ve been trying to keep up with the demonstrations in New York, Oakland, San Francisco, and it seems like every city across the country (even back home in PA Dutch country last week: Occupy Kutztown). It’s been fascinating to observe, if only as a phenomenon of grassroots organizing, intergenerational relations, intercultural dimensions, and other dynamics. I’ve heard some tactics of some protests that have made me cringe and others that have made me cheer.  Jim Wallace from Sojourners gives sound advice when he says that we should support the movement in any way we can, even when we don’t like or agree with everything. He admits that there will be elements of the protest that will inspire and others that will offend. But he says, “that’s OK.”

And I agree. Which is why I will be at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco for ‘Interfaith Clergy Solidarity: Occupy Wall Street SF’ on October 24th. Clergy and religious leaders (wear your best clerical garb) will meet at 10:30 am for prayer and ritual and then walk to the Federal Reserve Bank to meet up with ‘Occupy Wall Street SF’ to offer blessings and commitments of support as part of the witness for justice.

Pass the word to anyone who should know about this. Maybe I’ll see you there.


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