OccupyLSX welcomes potential re-opening of St Paul's Cathedral


OccupyLSX welcomes today’s statement from St Paul’s in which they announced it is highly likely that they will re-open to tourist and worshippers on Friday 28th October.

Tanya Paton said: “It’s tremendous that St Paul’s have decided to reopen. We’ve have always wanted them to reopen and we’ve always been keen to resume dialogue with the Dean and Chapter. It’s just really good news.”

“At the same time, as the Cathedral had closed, we had been planning to mark our third weekend of occupation with a special event bringing people of different faiths, 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. We have already invited members of the Cathdral, but now that it looks like the Cathedral will be open, we would like to extend a hand of friendship and bring together the members of the occupation, Churchgoers and others, to restore the historic legacy of St Paul’s Cathedral as a place of debate and focus on the important issues of the day.”

Dubbed ‘Sermon on the Steps’, the event will take place at 3pm Saturday 29th October and is being co-ordinated by volunteers based at Occupy London. It will include readings and reflection, prayer and short speeches by representatives of different faiths, and non faith, all with the theme of Love, Peace and Unity.

A wide variety of faith groups and individuals, including Christian churches, Catholic Workers, Pax Christi, Church of England reverends, Jewish outreach groups, Hari Krishnas, 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.

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.

If you or your organisation, whatever your faith, belief or non-faith background, would like to get involved, please email multifaithbelief@googlegroups.com 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.

Upcoming OccupyLSX events:

  • 9.30am Thursday 27th October  – Independent health and safety auditors invited by OccupyLSX will inspect the camp at Saint Paul’s
  • Friday 2pm 28th October – Monopoly bike ride starting from St Paul’s.





14 Responses to “OccupyLSX welcomes potential re-opening of St Paul's Cathedral”

  1. Sounds good dudes, bringing people together for a common cause, rather than dividing them.

    After all a “house divided against itself will not stand”.

    Bout time we started putting our proverbial house in order eh?

    Rock on.

    • P.s not my quote man, i believe that one is one of the righteous dudes Jesus’s. =P

      • p.p.s maybe the order of addresses by respective speakers could be drawn by a lot/out of a hat, that way no one gets disgruntled because its fair.

        Just a thought. 😉

        • That is exactly the plan!

          • Cool beans.

            For aeons it has been the differences between us, that people seemingly have focused on.

            Its refreshing to see people uniting under a common goal.

            There is always hope after all.

          • you have a plan? thats great news, cos i dont think some people any of us have a clue. such a pity britian is cursed with such a negative attitude, this will change when we unburden ourselves of the chains that bind us to debt slavery. and it is slavery with an ellusion ,all be it a crumbling 1,of freedom. in eire theyre talking about multigenerational mortgages.Branding irons are next!!!

  2. awesome,perhaps put up some barriers so tourists can see it is open, get off the steps and put up ‘open as usual at st. pauls’ signs ?

    chalk on that pavement….. ?…you can always sit on the steps when st pauls closed

    • Vagas style neon looks great too!! and barriers and tents etc have been moved to allow more access.fancy health and safty being apposed to people walking past other people and their stuff?? ithought people had been walking past each other for years, if not decades?? you live and learn eh!!

  3. Great! But why is the Teach Out held at a “secret venue”? That seems to be completely antithetical to everything the Occupy movement stands for. Unless I’m not understanding something.

    • If the venue of outside activities aren’t kept secret until the point that people head out to do them, the police can end up blocking areas. Now they’re installed – they’re in Canada Square outside Canary Wharf.

  4. I just wanted to say that your protests have led to a good man – who was a real force for change in the City and the church – stepping down. Giles Fraser’s work and approach was so fundamental to tackling issues of poverty and justice in the City. I feel very angry that you have placed him in this position and that, long term, a rare voice promoting social justice and equity in the City has been lost.

    • I’m sorry but I must disagree. Rather he has stepped up and not found wanting. To the general approbation of all except those who come to sneer and mock. I would also like to believe that he has been freed to speak more forthrightly. Indeed his voice is being magnified even now. I am sure that we have not heard the last from Canon Dr Giles Fraser!

  5. St Pauls Cathedral should have remained open with services re-laid outside and continuous through out the day and night. What a missed opportunity to bring all the people together in hymns and prayer.


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