Not Too Occupied

Not surprisingly, the Convention of the Diocese of New York last Saturday took time to consider the “Occupy” movement. The Bishop of New York gave it prominent mention in his address, focusing on its critique of the supposedly increasing gap between rich and poor. He said that “unbridled acquisitiveness” harms our national soul–a point with which few Americans would disagree.

A later resolution supported the movement while irenically noting that some parishes and individual Episcopalians don’t agree with Occupy positions.

As someone in the latter camp, I was pleased that our reliably left-of-center diocese presented a resolution that acknowledged differences of opinion in a tactful and generous way. Perhaps the times are a-changing. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “Not Too Occupied”

  1. John says:

    The trouble with the Occupy movement is that it has become a public collection of angry complaints but no cohesive action or platform that can manifest into a meaningful movement, regardless of whether one agrees with it or not. Many of us are angered and frustrated with our political environment in general and is true that some may be benefiting by cashing in on the situation without thinking of future generations, but it is precisely since the problems we face are so important, that we need a determined and cohesive leadership to face them. Occupying streets or buildings is not going to generate any change in the long run, it will just add to the frustration.

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