Supporting the Occupy Movement


Yale Divinity School student Jordan Haynie holds a sign bearing the text of Micah 6:8 with the Rev. John Gage and the Rev. Dr. Shelly Stackhouse at Occupy New Haven/Contributed

HARTFORD —  In a message to authorized ministers today, the staff of the Connecticut Conference shared “A Prayer of Confession and Commitment” in response to the growing “Occupy Wall Street” movement that has sprouted first in New York City, in other cities in the United States including Hartford and New Haven, and increasingly around the world. The demonstrators spending increasingly cold nights on Wall Street, Turning Point Park, and the New Haven Green, to protest the excesses and political influence of concentrated wealth in America.

The Rev. John Gage, senior minister of United Church on the Green UCC in New Haven, has erected a large tent in that city’s encampment (just behind the church) blazoned as an interfaith “Spirit Lodge,” providing a place where Occupants can pray and hold services. So far, says Gage, an Episcopal priest is leading compline and another group holding meditation. It’s also where Gage himself has been spending the nights.

“Many folks in our pews at United are reporting that they’re finding their long-suffering hope renewed,” said Gage, “by the enthusiasm, constructive spirit, and creativity of the protestors in our own backyard here in New Haven.”

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