National Coalition of Interfaith Leaders to Gather in Berkeley to Discuss 'Occupy'

March 08, 2012

A national coalition of interfaith leaders will gather at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, March 20-22, for the Occupy Faith National Gathering – to discuss the role of faith in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Panelists will include feminist activist theologian Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock; veteran Civil Rights leader and retired United Methodist elder from the California-Nevada Annual Conference, the Rev. Phil Lawson (shown speaking with Occupy hunger strikers, in photo at left – from; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, who is activist in the Jewish Renewal Movement; and other veteran movement activists.
Rev. Lawson is the Interfaith Program Director for East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) and leads EBHO's interfaith initiative, the Interfaith Action in Housing Program. EBHO is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to working with communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to expand affordable housing opportunities through education and advocacy.
Hosted by the Interfaith Tent at Oakland, the Occupy Faith National Gathering will provide an opportunity for faith leaders who support Occupy encampments to support each other, share ideas, and design new ways for people of faith to make a difference. 
It will take place at the Ecumenical Center, 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709.
The gathering will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, March 20 and end at 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, March 22. There will be a public panel for occupiers from the Bay Area on the first evening, and an interfaith service at Occupy Oakland the following night.
Each faith occupation may send up to three delegates, though anyone may attend. Financial support and free housing is available to delegates who plan to attend the entire gathering.
Registration fee is $20 plus meals (total of $90 for all meals and registration). The registration deadline is March 9.
Register here.
Occupy Faith gathered for the first time at Judson Memorial Church in New York City in December 2011.
Read the group's Occupy Faith Statement in support of the 99% movement.
For more information visit the Occupy Faith website – or contact Sandy Gess at or Rita Brock at 510.459.5123.