Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Occupy Shalom during Advent

Dr. Michael J. Christensen and Bishop Alfred Johnson
Here's a copy of my Occupy Advent Prayer and Statement of Support for Occupy Wall Street, delivered as a Call and Response at Zuccotti Park on December 4, 2011 for the Second Sunday in Advent: 

Communities of Shalom
is a network of community development sites—
known as Shalom Zones—scattered across the country.

We are here today to Occupy with Faith
in direct solidarity with OWS
because we share your frustration with the System--
the possessed structures of oppression and domination 
that Bible calls “Principalities and Powers...”
at work for ill in the world...

We are here today because we agree with you who are occupiers:
that our democracy has been coopted and corrupted,
that the few are enriched at the expense of the many,
that greed is wrong, and selfishness is sin.

We are here today—occupiers and allies—together proclaiming
that a new world is possible, a new world is coming, a new world of God's Shalom!

Occupy Advent
is about being willing and waiting,
waiting and working,
watching and praying,
for the coming Change,
the pending Shift,
the sure Turning,
and long-Dawning
of the Age of the Spirit!

Advent is a time of new Beginnings.
We're hoping and praying
working and waiting
for the Change that must come,
so that the scripture might be fulfilled:
those that gathered much did not gather too much,
and those who gathered little did not gather too little,
so all may have what they need.” (Exo 16:18)

How long, O Lord, how long?"  I hear the Psalmist David say.
How long must we wait for the the world to Turn?
For the Shift to take hold and the Wrong made right?
How long, O Lord, how long?
For the valleys to be exalted and the mountains brought low?
How long, O Lord, how long?
Will the wicked prosper and the poor live in despair?

How long?--Not long!” I hear the prophet Martin say:
because “the arc of the moral universe is long,
but it bends toward justice."

For thus it is written, and thus is shall be:

On the mountain of greed
ON THE MOUNTAIN OF GREED

From the ashes of despair
FROM THE ASHES OF DESPAIR

In the chaos of these times
IN THE CHAOS OF THESE TIMES

Will arise
WILL ARISE


New communities of hope and faith
NEW COMMUNITIES OF HOPE AND FAITH

New communities of love and daring
NEW COMMUNITIES OF LOVE AND DARING

New communities of God’s Shalom
NEW COMMUNITIES OF GOD’S SHALOM

AMEN. (adapted from original Shalom Litany of first Shalom Team in Los Angeles, 1992)