Is there Justice in occupying Wall Street?
We have an opportunity to reach out to a growing social action. We have all seen the rising numbers and attention the various Occupy Wall Street groups have garnered and I think that we could bring some important images and direction to these gatherings.
While the various gatherings seem to be just a sign of growing discontent with the way things are, with so many issues and topics being addressed, the general consensus is that their is no real leadership to these groups. Could we as the church lend some focus and language to such groups? I would like to know what people think about this.
It is true that justice and economic issues are found throughout scripture, so there is a lot of imagery and language for us to draw from. What are some ways we can draw from our faith and traditions to address these groups?
There is also the issue of politics. We don't usually like to get mixed up in them. It can be dangerous to congregations and not all of us agree about how the country should be run. But perhaps we can avoid the trouble of taking sides if we simply call for greater transparancy and justice within the system. This seems to be a value for people on all sides of the political spectrum. Do people see problems or have other suggestions?
I think getting involved in these groups could be a very productive activity. It could give our church some needed exposure, give people a different view of Christianity than just the fundamentalist image we generally see in the media, and help us to be an increasing force in realm of advocacy.
"All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do." Galatians 2:10
I am interested to see where this conversation goes. Please contribute!