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  1. kittylight
    RT @CTACatholics: More than 50 cities holding vigil today as LCWR begins its meeting to discern a response to the Vatican. #nunjustice
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:42:54
  2. OccupyCatholic
    More than ever at today’s #nunjustice vigil at St Patricks Cathedral. 100
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:19:26
  3. ChuckQT
    RT @OccupyCatholic: At #nunjustice vigil, we’re not protesting, we’re advertising love #radicalfeministthemes
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:51:15
  4. OccupyCatholic
    Catholic Worker Peter Maurin quoted on #nunjustice St Patricks vigil poster
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:08:20
  5. OccupyCatholic
    #nunjustice vigilers take a break on the steps of st Patricks Cathedral
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:20:25
  6. OccupyCatholic
    Poster at NYC #nunjustice vigil: “Jesus was a radical feminist” #radicalfeministthemes
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:22:11
  7. lewistanner
    At least 200 people in front of St Patricks for #NunJustice vigil. Check out Sign the petition
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:25:20
  8. OccupyCatholic
    Former nun explains #nunjustice to a group of tourists on the steps of St Patricks Cathedral
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:28:22
  9. OccupyCatholic
    At #nunjustice vigil, we’re not protesting, we’re advertising love #radicalfeministthemes
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:36:58
  10. OccupyCatholic
    “take heart sisters you are not alone!” #nunjustice #LCWR #radicalfeministthemes
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:38:10
  11. OccupyCatholic
    Since when did the sisters’ concern for the poor become #radicalfeministthemes #nunjustice #LCWR
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:41:46
  12. OccupyCatholic
    A bank scandal at the Vatican and they’re cracking down on sisters? Sounds familiar #nunjustice #occupy
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:47:55
  13. marykvalle
    RT @OccupyCatholic: @blogdiva @marykvalle help us spread the word about today’s bigger than ever #nunjustice vigil at St Patricks in NYC
    Tue, May 29 2012 17:39:49
  14. OccupyCatholic
    Mic check at the doors of st Patrick’s for #nunjustice and the #radicalfeministthemes so central to our Catholic faith
    Tue, May 29 2012 18:00:15

Tomorrow is May Day. Tomorrow is May Day!

There will be Occupy actions in more than 100 places around the country, and we hope to have an Occupy Catholics presence at as many of them as possible — the movement needs us. Please, wherever you are, share your May Day stories and photos by posting to the Occupy Catholics Facebook page or by tweeting to @OccupyCatholic. You can also email longer Testimonies to for the website. We can’t wait to spread the word about what you’re up to!

In New York, we’re going to be busy. We’ll be celebrating the anniversary of the Catholic Worker, which was first distributed on May Day at Union Square in 1933. (Thanks to Occupy Catholics organizer Loren Hart, this was discussed in The New York Times yesterday!) We’ll be carrying on our new tradition of foot-washing (and sock distributing), which we tested out a few days ago to great acclaim. And we’ll be marching with our comrades in Occupy Faith NYC. Here’s the schedule:

9 am: Foot-washing at Bryant Park. Meet at the fountain at 6th Avenue and 41st Street to help us offer this act of biblical mutual aid. We’ll also be offering free socks for those who need them. If you can, bring socks to give away!

2 pm: March to Union Square. After foot-washing, we’ll join the unpermitted OWS march down to Union Square, where a coalition of unions, immigrants’ groups, and community organizations will be rallying.

• 4 pm: Meet up with Occupy Faith. At the Gandhi statue on the southwest corner of Union Square, we’ll join with others from Occupy Faith in fellowship and solidarity.

• 5:30 pm: March to Wall Street. Together with Occupy Faith, we’ll take part in the permitted march from Union Square to Wall Street.

New Yorkers, dress for possible rain. If any plans change, check @OccupyCatholic for updates. See a complete list of May Day events here. We’ll see you in the streets.

We are the 99%, made in God’s image, seeking God’s justice!


thirty three and a third” gives the following testimony as part of an article at Daily Kos on Occupy Catholics’ foot-washing action on Wall Street on April 17, 2012:

What I witnessed next was probably the most moving thing I’ve seen yet. I was standing maybe 20 ft off to side of the only entryway to the barricaded area with two others who I had just met. Earlier I had noticed in the crowd a woman who had Occupy Catholics band draped around over her shoulders that hung down on either side of her. We had suggested to a Spanish woman who appeared lost on the sidewalk saying she was looking for Occupy Faith that she might be able to find out something from her. The Occupy Catholics woman and another woman were holding signs referencing Bible scripture. They were standing near the entryway when a slightly disheveled-looking but buoyant fellow came up remarking how different the place looked at that moment and walked inside where he was greeted by others. The person I was standing with thought he had just been released from jail, and smiled that he probably came right back to join the protesters.

“Would you like your feet washed?” asked another protester. The gateway area was generally where people were congregating; things were left around there, nearby food had been brought in to feed people. It wasn’t a visible spot and you couldn’t really make out what was happening unless you were right there, yet here was one of the most humbling, compassionate and graceful acts I’d ever seen in public. Up the twenty or so steps and all around inside the barricaded area were lots of colorful people, and the crowds had begun to thin and pass by. This submissive act of abasement, a manifestation of Christ performing the slave-like duty of washing the master’s feet as a gesture of love toward his disciples and a reminder they were in service to each other, wasn’t witnessed by many in the streets there. It struck me like a thunderbolt. I immediately thought of Thomas Merton, the poetic Trappist Monk who authored one of my favorite books “Seven Storey Mountain,” and how reflective it was of his writing. I thought to myself, at that very same moment that there was a very good chance right around the block a businessman in suit and tie was having his shoes shined.  A metaphor escapes me now. Much in the same way a broker getting his shoes shined could never imagine degrading himself thusly, or show any kind of weakness or humility, in the same way many on the sidelines avoid OWS because it is a direct challenge to their conscience.

Food was being served for the protesters, organic hemp hats had arrived and were distributed. A rare sense of community, sharing and taking care of one another, which is at the core of this movement, was ever more present.

The amount of support OWS gets from religious leaders doesn’t get much reported in the media. Yet there have been signs of it everywhere since the very beginning.  I can think of many instances of having seen and talked with priests, ministers, rabbis and monks, finding stacks of the Catholic Worker (with a front page endorsement) at Zuccotti Park. I remember a Long Island priest holding a protest sign who remarked that he was wearing his collar because he was indeed doing ministry work standing with the protesters. The many churches who have donated to the Occupy movement, most prominently Riverside providing tents for the protesters, and Judson Memorial opening its doors to offer sanctuary to the displaced right after the eviction, remind us of the true mission of those institutions. And according to a symposium called “Occupy the Mind: Progressive Moral Agenda for the 21st Century” with by Cornel West, Union Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, Editor of Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner, and Senior Riverside Church Minister Rev. Stephen H. Phelp, the Occupy movement represents the “true revolution of values” King sought.

Read the full article here.

See photos on our Facebook page and at Rachel Maddow’s blog. Here’s what we all proclaimed at the cathedral:

We are Occupy Catholics.
We’re here this Good Friday
because we are the church
and we love our church
and right now the church needs to speak.
Our God-made-flesh
died two thousand years ago
at the hands of the empire’s 1%
trying to protect their power.
Now in our time
more and more millions
are becoming jobless
and healthcare-less
and homeless
and hopeless
while the 1% get richer.
Charity is not enough.
Love of neighbor is incompatible
with watching her sink into poverty.
An economy that needs to be fed
with the bread of workers and the poor
and with brutal police force
and with perpetual war
is an abomination.
We invite
we implore
all people to cry out:
We will not be forsaken!
We are the 99%!
Made in God’s image!
Seeking God’s justice!

Occupy Catholics was featured on Rachel Maddow’s blog for our joint Good Friday action with Catholics United. See our own photos by the Occupy Catholics Media Committee here on Facebook. And learn more about the action on the event page.

As part of Pax Christi’s annual Way of the Cross across Midtown Manhattan on Good Friday, 2012, Occupy Catholics presented a reflection and prayers at the 13th Station on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

We are poised for a blessed and Occupied Holy Week!

This Good Friday at 1 p.m., after taking part in the Pax Christi Way of the Cross procession across New York City, Occupy Catholics will be joining forces with the organization Catholics United to take a stand for the poor among us at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Catholic Congressman Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget proposal doesn’t do it, and Cardinal Dolan won’t do it either. As Catholics, at one of our country’s most visible places of worship, we will prayerfully speak from the social justice tradition of our faith. In a particular way, remembering Christ’s suffering and death at the hands of Jerusalem’s 1 percent, we know that what we do for those in need we do for our God. We will also deliver a petition asking Cardinal Dolan to use his influence as shepherd of the American church to oppose Ryan’s proposal.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to take part in Occupy Catholics, this is it! Here are some things you can do:

Spread the word about Friday’s action at St. Patrick’s and encourage those you know to come. It’s at 1 p.m., so Midtown workers can come on their lunch breaks! Please join and invite your Facebook friends to this event:

• Before the action, attend the Pax Christi procession with us and help us spread the word among progressive Catholics about what we’re planning to do. Please join and invite your Facebook friends to this event:

• Help us prepare for the action by coming to our planning meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the 60 Wall St. atrium:

We are the 99%, made in God’s image, seeking God’s justice.


Three Occupy Catholics march with Occupy Wall Street on March 24.

Today is officially the first day of spring. It’s also the fourth day of OWS’ new occupation at Union Square. The movement is quickly getting back into gear, and Occupy Catholics is ready for it! We’re planning, for the first time, to take to the streets as a group this weekend, and there are plans in motion already for more to come. (Read the beautifully handwritten minutes from tonight’s meeting, as well as the expertly-typed ones from our recent Catholic Worker General Assembly.)

Here’s how YOU can get involved in the coming weeks, by joining us and/or spreading the word:

Saturday, March 24, we take action with Occupy Wall Street in a massive march against police brutality throughout the city. For the first time, we will march together as a group, with OC-themed signs and attire. We will call attention to the fact that March 24 is also the anniversary of the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero at the hands of U.S.-supported agents. We denounce repression of all kinds against those who call out for justice, especially when violence is used to silence peacemakers. We will not let the Pontius Pilates of today continue to get away without the blood on their hands being seen by all. Join with other Occupy Catholics by meeting at the big red cube across Broadway from Zuccotti Park at 11:45. The march to Union Square begins at noon.

More info & RSVP:

Sunday, March 25, we will be tabling at the Occupy Town Square in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. Join us!

More info & RSVP:

Palm Sunday, April 1, we join Occupy Faith NYC in a Palm Sunday/Passover action beginning at 11 am at Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square Park.

More info & RSVP:

• Our next NYC planning meeting is Tuesday, April 3 at 60 Wall St. We hope you can join us as we plan future actions and prepare for May Day!

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Good Friday, April 6, we join the Pax Christi procession, followed by an Occupy Catholics action at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. As part of Pax Christi’s annual Good Friday Way of the Cross along 42nd St, Occupy Catholics will represent the 13th Station. Please join us for outreach to follow Catholic peacemakers. After the Pax Christi procession, we will lead a prayerful but visible action at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, bringing the spirit of the Occupy movement into that space on that holy day, meanwhile announcing our presence to the New York Catholic community.

More info & RSVP:

Jail Support. We are eager to start a ministry of jail support for OWS arrestees, as authorities seem intent on escalating their persecution of the movement. If anyone would like to volunteer to organize this, please try to attend our April 3 planning meeting or write to

We are the 99%, made in God’s image, seeking God’s justice!

Monday, February 6, 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.
Columbia University Faculty House

Rev. John Collins, Rev. Paul Mayer (of Occupy Catholics!), Rev. Michael Ellick, Dr. Ray Blanchette

In recent years, the progressive elements in faith communities across the United States have been eclipsed by the rise and political influence of the Religious Right.  Yet people of faith have been active and often influential leaders in some of the great movements for social justice and peace throughout U.S. history—from the Abolitionist movement through the movements for labor, civil liberties, civil rights, peace, full employment, women’s rights, and LGBT movements.  Today, a new manifestation of that progressive vision is occurring through the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Religious activists with roots in previous social justice struggles as well as in the Occupy Faith movement will discuss their histories in the movements for social justice and peace, the lessons they have learned about organizing, the reasons for the seeming eclipse of prophetic religion over the last thirty years and what is now happening as the Occupy Faith movement participates in and seeks to support the larger Occupy movement.

The seminar is at 7:15 p.m. in a room that will be announced in the Faculty House lobby. Please look for a bulletin board posting. To reach Faculty House, enter the Columbia University campus via the gate on the east side of Broadway at 116th Street; go through campus and cross Amsterdam Avenue. Continue on West 116th past the Law School and turn left through the gate, turn right beyond Wien Hall on the right and go down the ramp to Faculty House.

OPTIONAL DINNER: Members of the seminar will gather for an optional dinner in Faculty House at 6:00. The cost of the dinner is $24 per person and payable only by cash or check made payable to Columbia University. (RSVP required – please see bottom of email.)

PLEASE RSVP to Sheila Collins ( by Wednesday, February 1, 2012 with a phone number where we may reach you on the day of the seminar in case of a last minute cancellation.


University Seminar on Full Employment #613

____ I will ____ I will not attend the seminar on February 6.
____ I will ____ I will not join the group for dinner.

The seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare & Equity is chaired by Sheila Collins,; Gertrude Goldberg,; and Helen Ginsburg,

Biographies of Speakers

John Collins is a retired United Methodist Minister who has served parishes in East Harlem and the South Bronx as well as working with interreligious peace and justice organizations.  In the 1960s, while a student at Union Theological Seminary he helped to found the Student Interracial Ministry which sent hundreds of white seminarians from the North to work in black churches in the South and black seminarians to work in white churches.  During the late 1970s he worked with the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility on a campaign to try to get the Carter administration to provide government guaranteed loans to enable the steel mills that were closing in Youngstown, Ohio to be reinstituted under worker-community ownership.  He also worked on the campaign to pass the Community Reinvestment Act which prohibits the “redlining” of low income neighborhoods by banks.  During the 1980s he co-Directed Clergy & Laity Concerned a national interreligious peace and justice network that organized many national and international campaigns for peace and human rights. CALC was a leader in the formation of the Nuclear Freeze Campaign and also founded Witness for Peace, which sent hundreds of Americans to the war zones of Nicaragua during the Contra war, to be in solidarity with those affected and to oppose U.S. policy.  Collins led several of these delegations.  In 1984 he helped organize Religious Leaders for Jackson during the presidential primary campaign and, with Pau Mayer, wrote speeches for Rev. Jackson on peace. While serving a church in the South Bronx Collins worked with South Bronx churches to build hundreds of units of affordable housing for community residents.  Collins has been arrested in several peace and civil rights actions over the years and currently teaches in the Fishkill Correctional Facility

Paul Mayer A  Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany and a Benedictine monk for 18 years, Mayer’s more than half century of social activism has included work in the barrios of Central America applying the tenets of liberation theology, involvement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement in the South, participation in the effort to end the war in Vietnam as well as co-founding peace and environmental organizations.  He served as coordinator of the Catonsville Nine Defense Committee in support of religious non-violent actions during the Vietnam War by the Berrigan brothers and others. In 1978 he founded the Religious Task Force, a national network to convene the various faith communities to work together on issues of peace and social justice.  He was also founder of the Children of War, a leadership organization that helped transform the lives of teenage survivors of international and domestic wars, founder of the New Jersey Sea Alliance calling for the joint abolition of nuclear weapons and power after the Harrisburg nuclear accident, founder of a spiritual peace community in inner-city East Orange, NJ, where he still resides and more recently co-founder of the Climate Crisis Coalition to convey a sense of urgency around the climate crisis and to broaden the constituency for the issue beyond the tradition environmental organizations.  His peace and justice ministry has taken him to Japan to work with atom bomb survivors, to Cuba with Pastors for Peace to challenge the US blockade, to the Middle East for reconciliation work in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, to the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002 as well as to the San Francisco 1984 Democratic Convention where he addressed the convention on nuclear disarmament. Paul has been involved recently with United for Peace and Justice and the New York City Forum of Concerned Religious Leaders in work for peace and justice in Iraq and the Gulf region.  He was recently arrested in one of the Occupy Wall Street actions, one of many arrests throughout his career.  He is a Yoga practitioner and teacher and has an active wedding ministry as a non-canonical, formerly married priest.

Michael Ellick is the Minister of Judson Memorial Church, and one of the founders of Occupy Faith in New York City.  In his ministry, he has worked as an organizer and a social justice advocate for Immigrant Rights, Marriage Equality, Single Payer Health Care, Economic & Environmental Justice, and Islamophobia.  Rev. Ellick is particularly interested in understanding the Christian Passion Story in an America threatened by falling Empire and failing Plutocracy.  Raised in a Conservative Baptist church in Washington State, Rev. Ellick studied Comparative Religion and Philosophy at the University of Washington before earning his M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary in 2000.  Still hungry for new ways of understanding the Gospel, as well as real world practices for embodying its prophetic compassion, he studied closely under a Tibetan Buddhist teacher for the next five years. Over the course of his life, he has also worked as a courier, a fast-food cook, a fact-checker, a fresh juice delivery person, a copy-editor, an event planner, a barista, a financial analyst, an internet help desk, and even as an assistant at a Marine Biology lab.  At Judson, Rev. Ellick has embraced Judson’s legacy as a Research & Development Laboratory for American Christianity.  Committed to establishing a new Christian vocabulary for a post-Christian world, Rev. Ellick’s exploration of new theological forms has grown out of his commitment to the social gospel in action, and the practice of God’s presence in silent prayer, reflection, and meditation.

Dr. Ray Blanchette is Director of the Black Institute Clergy Campaign for Social and Economic Justice.  He has been active in mobilizing the black religious community around issues of social justice and in working with unions to protect the rights of workers that are under assault.

H/t the Memorial United Methodist Church.