From the United Methodist Reporter:
The Rev. Paige Eaves, pastor of Crescenta Valley UMC in Montrose, Calif., acknowledged she hesitated about getting involved in Occupy Los Angeles, â€œtrying to figure out what the message of the movement was and if I could align myself with it as a clergyperson.â€
But soon she had concluded affirmatively.
â€œIt is obvious to me that the call to economic justice is clearly part of our theological and denominational legacy and mission,â€ she said.
The floodgates are opening, Â and the churches are awakening. Â What the RightÂ dismissivelyÂ labels “Culture War” is becoming a new theological division between the Right Wing of Christendom and the politically concerned. Â And, Â as usual, Â a disturbingly large, inactive, un-engaged group of “Moderates” or “Centrists” who don’t even think about it. Â The large Â majority of them seem to diss the idea Â of political activity and open dissent. Â If the active, “Occupy-supporting” and “Occupy involved” Â can articulate a theological vision (which many groups have been doing for decades), Â then thisÂ movementÂ will naturally reach many more as more of the middle class slide Â down into poverty and debilitating unemployment, homeÂ foreclosure, Â and health care debts. Â We’ve already reached an apparent tipping point. Â And many in the church who have been so fortunate as to have heard or Â been exposed to visions of God’s Kingdom as a place and life of justice and peace are seeing the importance Â of lifting this vision up and re-affirming it in solidarity with the increasing oligarchy that is being strengthened before our very eyes.