Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Kingdom of God Is in Your Midst

"Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,  nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17: 20-21

An update from Protest Chaplain Dave Woessner:
Just got back from a wet, cold night at Occupy Boston. I have some new ideas as to why this is so difficult for the mainstream media to understand: this is real community.  
What does that look like? There is free food for all. There is emergency medical care for all. There is the "really really free market" of clothes and supplies. There is a media team. There is a logistics team. There is a sacred space..., open to all, offering prayer, meditation, yoga, and talks from specific traditions (maintained by the Protest Chaplains). Everyday there is a general assembly. At this event, the community discusses what we stand for. Imagine that! A discussion with real debate, real voting, and real democracy. There is no crime. People help one another and smile, though there are serious differences in our beliefs. The fact that the media keeps asking for one demand, one leader, etc. is a sign that they've forgotten that democracy is a process and not a totalitarian framework.
And it just *feels* good. For your soul. No snarkiness, no hubris, no irony, a little bit of anger, but a lot more peace. And hope. It's really all about hope.  We're here because we think that Christ calls us to live into the promise of the Kingdom of Heaven.  But you can come for your own reason.  Stop by and check it out. It'll do you good.

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