Breaking: Presiding Bishop and +Sisk of NY support Trinity vs. OWS

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Letters from The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori and The Rev. Mark Sisk:


Statements from the Rt. Rev Mark S. Sisk and the Presiding Bishop Concerning

Occupy Wall Street, Trinity Church and Duarte Square

From Bishop Sisk

December 16, 2011

As many of you know, Trinity Wall Street is being challenged to provide a small parcel of parish-owned land, Duarte Square, to the Occupy Wall Street movement for encampment or other undefined use.

Trinity has clearly shown its support for the wider goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and has aided protesters directly through pastoral care and extensive use of parish facilities. They have said “yes” to requests for meeting space, bathroom facilities, private conference rooms, housing referrals, and pastoral care, and continue to look for ways to provide direct support to those who identify with the movement in Lower Manhattan. Providing private land without facilities for indeterminate usage, however, poses significant health and safety concerns, and is beyond the scope of Trinity’s mission. To this, the parish has reasonably said, “no.”

In and of itself, a request for use of a parish space by an outside group would not necessitate a bishop’s involvement. But alarmingly, some clergy and protesters have attempted to “take” or “liberate” the space without Trinity’s consent, and have clearly indicated their intent to engage in other attempts to do so in the coming days.

While many tactics of the Occupy movement have proven effective and creative, I feel it necessary now to reiterate our Church-wide commitment to non-violence. The movement should not be used to justify breaking the law, nor is it necessary to break into property for the movement to continue.

Together, let us pray for peaceful articulation, in word and deed, of the issues of justice and fairness that have brought the Occupy movement into the national conversation.

+Mark

The Rt. Rev Mark S. Sisk, Bishop of New York

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From the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate

December 16, 2011

Trinity Church, Wall Street, has provided extensive practical and pastoral support to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Trinity congregation has decided that the property known as Duarte Park is not appropriate for use by the Occupy movement, and that property remains closed. Other facilities of Trinity continue to be open to support the Occupy movement, for which I give great thanks. It is regrettable that Occupy members feel it necessary to provoke potential legal and police action by attempting to trespass on other parish property. Seekers after justice have more often achieved success through non-violent action, rather than acts of force or arms. I would urge all concerned to stand down and seek justice in ways that do not further alienate potential allies.

+Katharine

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church

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Dcn Scott Elliott
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Dcn Scott Elliott

Yeah -- this doesn't make much sense. "Acts of force or arms"? Have I missed something? Has OWS gotten violent? Have there been weapons found among the Occupiers?

I understand feeling the need to present their bona fides of OWS before belying them with the refusal, so I don't mind the "self-justification" part.

But I do mind that all the support is easy or cheap. Hard and costly -- even the merest potentiality of real costliness -- is avoided. Sisk's "health and safety concerns" can be eliminated by requesting signed waivers of responsibility every night.

And Jefferts Schiori's not-so-veiled threat to call in the cops to forcibly remove "trespassers" is simply beneath her.

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joebrewer

Kyrie eleison indeed. The two commenters above express my thoughts as well.

But where on earth did Bishop Katharine get the idea that people would be "armed"? That's irresponsible rhetoric on her part. The imagery of a violent mob is simply regrettable and unnecessary.

Any arms will inevitably be carried by the NYPD. As Mimi alluded, I hope Katharine and Mark have called Ray Kelly to urge nonviolence and restraint on NYPD's part.

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Priscilla Cardinale
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Priscilla Cardinale

And so we know -- the official church stance is to stand with the millionaires who run the vestry of Trinity Wall Street. No matter the very name of the movement is “occupy” and the whole point is to be a visible challenge to the status quo. I guess if Jesus had wanted to speak to crowds of people at Duarte he would have been arrested because of health and safety concerns. Sad, sad, sad.

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tgflux
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tgflux

"Trinity has clearly shown its support..."

"Trinity Church, Wall Street, has provided extensive practical and pastoral support..."

AGAIN, w/ the self-justification! >:-0

WHERE is the Christ-like "taking the lower seat"? "Going the second mile"? "Offering the other cheek"? "Washing feet"?

This is NOT good evangelism.

I wish I could say I was surprised (as well as disappointed), but I can't...

Kyrie eleison!

JC Fisher

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GrandmèreMimi
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Well, now we hear from the bishops. I can't say they make me proud. That Bishop Sisk and Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori encourage non-violence is absolutely right and proper. They ask it of the Occupiers, and now perhaps they might use the moral force of their words to ask the police to use restraint. The great majority of incidents of violence that I've heard about and seen on videl were from unnecessary use of force by the police.

June Butler

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