Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The #OccupyPortland Spiritual Life Newsletter, Nov. 15

The #OccupyPortland Interfaith Guild of Chaplains

Quick notes from Sarah: Mic check! I see that the mainstream media and politicians are having a field day declaring that this movement is dead.  The movement, however, is stronger than ever.  The repression galvanizes this movement and causes it to grow by bounds.  The IGC also will adapt to this second act of #OccupyPortland, whether or not it re-occupies a public space.  We will continue our increased engagement with the #OccupyPortland community, the General Assembly, the Spokes Council, and various actions.  Additionally, we are envisioning ourselves also as agents for actions.  We are planning for a number of such actions in Portland in the near future.  Stay tuned.

In solidarity and with resolve,
Sarah Morrigan
Program Coordinator

Sarah in the press: Perhaps you may have seen her on KGW and KOIN.  She is getting quite a bit of media attention of late, ranging from locals such as the Willamette Week, The Oregonian, and the Portland Mercury, to global press such as Salon. http://ur1.ca/5ur4a

Upcoming IGC events and services: 

We are re-assessing our activities as the focus of our work has shifted from serving the population within the Camps Alpha and Beta, to a much wider stage and audience.  Some of the ideas we have had discussed so far include:
  • Interfaith forum on peace and conflict resolution
  • Theological dialogues
  • Direct actions
  • Media production (video, etc.)
  • Holiday season actions: "Occupy Thanksgiving" and "Occupy Christmas"
  • Community- and neighborhood-based events
  • Interfaith monastic order
  • "Occupy Churches"
We also hope to continue the Interfaith Peace Gathering in some way, perhaps in conjunction with any planned #OccupyPortland actions or occupations.

The rebirth of the #OccupyPortland

Despite the recent events, the #Occupy movement in Portland is stronger than ever.  

Note: Not all actions/events are endorsed or organized by the General Assembly.

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