Monday, October 24, 2011

Evensong Outside St. Paul's Among the Tents

A first hand account by someone who was there. Nicked from Madpriest.

2 Timothy 2:1-7
2Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
6The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
7Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

There is a regular interfaith service down at Liberty Plaza/ Zuccotti Park every Sunday at 3:30PM. It meets on the Broadway side just north of the big orange DiSuvero sculpture.

Last Sunday, we heard this quote from Hillel:

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?"

Mark di Suvero, Joie de Vivre in Liberty Plaza/ Zuccotti Park


The Guardian issued an editorial sharply critical of the cathedral chapter, and by implication, the Anglican hierarchy.
Aspects of the protest camp are silly and rather squalid. But it still represents a profound and important moral revulsion which the Church of England needs to take seriously. These aren't the usual Spartist suspects. The sense that there is something outrageous, unjust and absurd about the world of modern finance has spread across the whole political and religious spectrum. Even Pope Benedict XVI has reinforced his predecessor's teaching with a demand that the markets of the world be brought under human control. The Church of England needs to be part of this discussion, for its own sake and for the sake of the country. And that is done far more effectively by theatre and by conversation than by lecturing or even preaching. It is no use having clever bishops saying clever things that no one listens to. Here at St Paul's right now, there is a chance to catch the attention of millions of people who would never listen to a bishop or recognise a Dean without a Torvill.

I can't help but agree with the editorial and feel that the Church of England is not only missing a golden opportunity to be truly prophetic and not just another faculty club, but squandering what's left of whatever good will it still enjoys with the public.


kishnevi said...

Just a minor, almost trivial, correction:

The translation of the middle phrase of Hillel's statement is a somewhat misleading paraphrase.

The literal translation is "if I am for myself, what am I?"--a sort of Zen counterbalance to the first phrase. Most translations insert "only" into the phrase--"if I am only for myself", but Hillel himself did not use that word.

Counterlight said...

Please read the comment policy.

Counterlight said...

not you Kishnevi, someone else