At the end of many Wiccan and Neo-Pagan rituals, it is said, "The circle is open but never is broken. Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again." As we depart the birthplace, so to speak, of this historic movement in Portland, Oregon, it is important to remember that #OccupyPortland is not about parks but about people. It is often said by Evangelical Christians, "the church is not a building, but a group of believers." I think it is true with this movement too. And I hope, as this movement and the community that is #OccupyPortland lift themselves off this nest like a maturing bird, whenever two or three Occupiers are gathered, the energy and vision of the #Occupy movement also will also be present.
The Interfaith Guild of Chaplains, too, will continue deeply connected to the movement and this community. We will continue our presence and witness in the future occupations and other actions, as well as to expand the range of activities to the rest of the Greater Portland area.
I hope to see you tonight at the Occufest, starting at 6 p.m., and our final celebration -- befittingly, the havdalah service -- at 7 p.m. (new location: Terry Schrunk Plaza by the chained-up Occupiers.)
And tomorrow, Sunday, 3 p.m., our Interfaith Peace Gathering will be held at the Shemansky Fountain in South Park Blocks, between Main and Salmon.
The #OccupyPortland Interfaith Guild of Chaplains
This is not an official statement of the Interfaith Guild of Chaplains.