News Spaces Within the Shell of the Old: Where Does #OWS Go From Here? by JWilson-Hartgrove #wildgoose12

I’ll be at The Wild Goose Festival later this week,  and my friend Jeremy John and I have set aside two sessions there for some conversation about the Occupy movement and what it means for the church.  I just saw this article from last fall at the beginnings of Occupy by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove re: Occupy and the church. for many Continue Reading

America’s Street Priest by Chris Hedges #OWS #OccupyChurch

Chris Hedges in TruthDig yesterday: Trinity had the demonstrators arrested. It chose to act like a real estate company, or the corporation it has become, rather than a church. Fr. D.Berrigan: “It is up to us to take the initiative and hope the churches catch up” Berrigan believes, as did Martin Luther King, that “the evils of capitalism are Continue Reading

Occupy Vocation: to make visible a diffr’t kind of world & a diff’rt kind of life together

The occupation movement has, at its heart, the unmasking and unveiling of true identity. Through the shared communal practices and liturgies of general assemblies, common language, shared music, disciplined endurance, and a willingness to suffer, Occupy Denver seeks to reclaim not only physical public space, but also, a deeper sense of communal identity. It seeks to make visible a different Continue Reading

Developing a Theology of & for #OWS mvmt (Pt 2 of 3) #OccupyChurch

What so many don’t understand is the point made in this article: This is a structural sin: despite best intentions, we have made it impossible to do good.  This sin must be repented of and atoned for. In drawing attention to it, the Occupy Movement is a prophetic voice. Structural sin is so imbedded,  that the dictates of the Continue Reading

#OWS Versus Trinity Wall Street? via Rock and Theology #occupyChurch

from the article: Occupy is appealing to Trinity, a very wealthy church, to share its resources (prime Manhattan real estate, currently empty but presently leased on a short-term basis to a tenant) with the Occupy movement whose social goals are ostensibly the same as Trinity’s – a more just world for more people – and many of whose participants explicitly Continue Reading

Social Media and Movements; Social Media and Churches

The issue of the  role of social media in movements dovetails nicely into a lot of my thinking about “online church”.  I have long said  that there are several avenues INTO Church from online spaces that can and do happen.  But the “virtual space” becomes inhabited by the “physical space” as veterans from the physical spaces and events come back in via Continue Reading

#OWS presents a ‘fracture of good order’ for Trinity Church w/ Chris Hedges and Daniel Berrigan HT @Micahbales

Jesuit priest and war resister Daniel Berrigan, soft-spoken but still eloquent at 91, and journalist Chris Hedges joined members of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Faith at Zuccotti Park on Thursday morning. They gathered to sing, pray and denounce the continued determination of Trinity Church, an Episcopal parish, to cooperate with the prosecution of OWS protesters. To understand why Continue Reading

A body blow for the US labour movement via@AJEnglish #OWS #OccupyChurch

“Obama didn’t want to come here to this state because he didn’t want to touch this race with a ten-foot pole. He wanted more than anything to avoid this race becoming a referendum on his presidency, because this recall election is going to affect his campaign in November,” says Ben Sparks, communications director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.” Continue Reading

Trinity Church @ WS and upcoming trial of ‘trespassers’ #OWS #OccupyTheology HT @MicahBales

@MicahBales tweeted an article from DailyKOS on continued conflict bewtween Trinity Wall St. Church. other Episcopalians,  and the #OWS movement. On June 11th, the first trials of Occupy activists accused of trespassing on church land at Canal Street and Sixth Avenue on December 17th are scheduled to begin. Activists said they hoped to establish a new encampment on the vacant lot, though Continue Reading

The Inane Meme about #OWS from the Right Wing: #OWS = Partisan Leftist Politics

I just found this in a Google search on “occupy faith church theology”  ,  under the heading “Was Jesus a Communist?”. Turns out it was an article by a right wing group,  and it fed right into their mentality of “warnings” about the “unholy” or “dangerous” evils that lurk in protest movements. The Occupy Wall Street OWS movement, which the Continue Reading

#NDAA ‘s “associated forces” language is scary #OWS

But just what are “associated forces”? That question appeared to stump Obama administration lawyers when pressed by Judge Katherine Forrest during a recent hearing.”I dont have specifics,” an attorney told her. via 7 Ways To Get Yourself Detained Indefinitely. Are you kidding me?  “Don’t have specifics”?  Then you don’t have a case (if this is to attain the stature of a Continue Reading

Milbank: The Church could mediate between protesters and the government

I am so pleased to see a theologian of “Radical Orthodoxy” ilk (many of whom may sound very standoffish toward much of  U.S. politics)   articulate what I feel has been much of the theme I have sounded since opening Occupy Theology in November. They are a new kind of political phenomenon because it is not possible to say that they are emerging from Continue Reading