Last night 25 clergy and other religious leaders stood with Occupy Portland. This morning my sermon at Ainsworth United Church of Christ - What Does The Lord Require of Portland? - reflected on that experience and the overall Occupy Wall Street movement. You can watch the video here.
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Occupy Portland was dismantled late this morning by the Portland Police Bureau - while we were in church - after a mostly peaceful night. Our aim in being present all-night Saturday into early Sunday morning was to bear witness to the events and to promote non-violence. We offered prayers for the demonstrators and police, lit candles and sang hymns.
A statement of support for Occupy Portland was also issued on Friday evening by Portland's larger interfaith community.
We concluded our service today with a prayer for our city:
Below are some photos taken by K. Kendall that are used here with permission of the interfaith gathering at Occupy Portland on Saturday evening. Additional photos can be seen here.
Related Link: Occupy America: A Great New Awakening