Minister and President, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
Let me begin with a personal comment, commending those who have “occupied” over 25 cities throughout the country. Their peaceful, non-violent witness carries with it a kind of persuasiveness that has been missing from public discourse for decades.
Like many of the Conference staff, I have been asked if the Conference has a “position” on the “occupy …” movement. For 2,000 years, disciples of Christ have identified with the poor, oppressed, marginalized and disinherited. There can be no doubt that those witnessing through these many “occupations” are boldly lifting up those same values. Last night, many UCC members and clergy joined other people of faith at the Occupy Boston site – celebrating communion and otherwise expressing support. All of us in the UCC would do well to use this public witness as an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ call to reduce inequality, mitigate greed, share all things in common and practice non-violence.
Editor's note: A number of Massachusetts Conference folks met at Occupy Boston on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 12. Communion was served by Kate Layzer of Waltham and members of the Episcopal clergy. Representatives from the following churches also took part: Old South Church in Boston, First Congregational Church UCC of Somerville, First Church in Cambridge, First Church in Malden, Allin Congregational Church UCC in Dedham, Maple Street Congregational Church UCC in Danvers, Edwards Church in Framingham, Trinitarian Congregational Church UCC in Concord, Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain and Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington. Watch the Metropolitan Boston Association Facebook Page for future activities.
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