Time to 'Occupy Shalom'

December 07, 2011

It is time to "Occupy Shalom," writes the Rev. Michael Christensen, national director of Communities of Shalom, in a Dec. 5 blog post, reflecting on the Sunday, Dec. 4 "Occupy" event at Zuccotti Park in New York in which he, Bishop Jeremiah Park, and Rev. Jesse Jackson (among others) participated.

(Watch 2 min. 8 sec. video report, Jesse Jackson Joins Drew's Theo School to Occupy Wall Street, here and at right.)
Dubbed "Occupy Advent," as it took place on the second Sunday of the Christian observance, the gathering was "a powerful and prophetic witness" that was "good for Communities of Shalom, good for Drew University, and good for United Methodists," according to Christensen.
"There was a lot going on in an untamed public space, and perhaps too many moving parts and pieces in the program – planned and unplanned. But overall, I'm pleased that the radical gospel of Jesus Christ and his special interest in the poor and marginalized was proclaimed loud and clear," Christensen (at left) writes.
In posts today (Wed. Dec. 7), Christensen shares the "Occupy Advent Prayer" he delivered at Zuccotti Park last weekend, along with a poem and song adaptation that was offered by Rev. David Best of Towell and Basin ministries.
Christensen is an elder in the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, appointed to extension ministry at Drew University.