Bishop George Packard is an amazing man. He worked in many quiet ways to bring a word of justice and mercy to people in power in the military and political leadership in the American establishment. That he has shown up in the Occupy Wall Street movement is a surprise, but not a great one. But it is a great joy to see. Lots of blog work has been done on the OWS movement and the part played and not played by religious institutions and people in it. It seemed unnecessary to add anything to what was already available, but today Episcopal Cafe pointed us all to an article by Tom Beaudoin titled Occupy Wall Street Versus Trinity Wall Street? Episcopal Cafe recommends we all read Tom Beaudoin's article, and so....read it.
Embedded in the article was this video by the OWS video folk. It's a fine piece of work in itself and I invite you to listen to it. There he is in all the purple you could hope for... a bishop over the wall.
I am very proud to be related to Bishop Packard, even one step removed.
There is a lost chance here for Trinity and the OWS folk to work out a way to use the park. Hopefully it can be a chance taken up again soon.
On another note: Why was "occupy" the word chosen? Much of the world understands "occupy" to mean, in American English, the activity of taking over their country at will. It is not a positive idea. Well, "spring" seems to have been taken in "Arab Spring." But maybe "reclaim" might have worked, as in "reclaim Wall Street for the people." The thing about reclamation is that it is an activity of restorative justice. Occupation seldom is.
But there it is - history has made this the "occupy" movement. But occupy does not itself imply making things right or restoring them or reclaiming them. It only means taking over. I'm always a bit edgy about takeovers. The new powers are too much like the old powers much too often.