‘Sermon on the Steps’ this Saturday
With Occupy London approaching its third weekend in occupation, a special event is being planned to bring people together from different faiths, beliefs, denominations as well as those with no faith, at 3pm Saturday 29th October at St Paul’s.
Dubbed ‘Sermon on the Steps’, the event is part of Occupy London’s campaign to raise awareness and address social and economic inequalities in the UK and beyond. Occupy London now has two occupations to date: near the London Stock Exchange at St.Paul’s Churchyard and at Finsbury Square.
The multi-faith, multi-denominational, multi-representative forum is being co-ordinated by volunteers based at Occupy London and will include readings and reflection, prayer and short speeches by representatives of different faiths, and non faith, with the theme of Love, Peace and Unity.Christian churches, faith groups and individuals including Catholic Workers, Pax Christi, Church of England reverends, Jewish outreach groups, Hari Krishna’s, atheists, anarchists, humanists and reverends from denominational and non-denominational churches, have expressed a desire to participate and add their voice in support of the occupation and its cause.
Representatives from St Paul’s have also been invited to participate.
Retired Church of England Reverend Dennis Nadin said: “The question I’m asking is why has the Cathedral not voiced their support for the protesters, who have raised the substantive issue of reform of financial institutions and the redistribution of wealth and power.”
Representatives will speak in a non-hierarchical order, and once all the representatives have concluded and the Sermon ends, the gathering will be followed by a Public Assembly, with an open question and answer session, to allow for discussion of issues raised by the Sermon.
Tanya Paton, one of the volunteers co-ordinating the event, said: “This week we’ve been hearing people – in the media and members of the public – discuss the historic legacy of St Paul’s Cathedral as a place of debate and this Saturday, we are looking forward to bringing people of different beliefs and none together to look at what we all have in common and why we’re here – to bring about real social and economic justice for every single person in society.”
The Sermon on the Steps event planned for Saturday the 29th October 2011 has drawn speakers from far and wide across the United Kingdom. We have the pleasure to include:
Revd Paul Nicolson – Church of England
Revd Dr Chris Craig Brittain – University of Aberdeen
Chris Erskine – Christian Charity Worker (Seedbed Christian Community Trust)
Roger Chisnall – Jubilee Debt Campaign
Revd Tim – Universal Life Church and OLSX
Revd Dr Kevin Snyman – United Reformed Church
Chris – Anarchist from OLSX
Bruce Kent – Pax Christi
Roy Alexander – Christian
Symon Hill – Quaker and Baptist
Margarida - Agnostic and OLSX
Revd’s David & Julian – Stratford Unitarian Church (TBC)
Revd James Lawson – Church of England
Ciaron O’Reilly – Catholic Workers (TBC)
Rabbi Geoffrey Newman – Jewish Faith (TBC)
If you or your organisation, whatever your faith, belief or non-faith background, would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the information tent at the Occupy London Stock Exchange site and leave your name and contact details for the Multi-faith and Belief Liaison group.