Below is a press release written and endorsed by the Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group. It calls for consideration of a 'third way' in ending the dispute between the city and Occupy Philadelphia about whether to move the encampment. In Peace, Lucy
Occupy Philadelphia Interfaith Working Group Calls for Creative, Non-Violent Response
As people of faith we are committed to the universal principles of justice, compassion, and love. Therefore, we stand in solidarity with the principles of the Occupy Movement. Grounded in our traditions of nonviolence, we are committed to being one community, pursuing the goal of economic, political, and social justice for all.
We recognize that the occupation of Dilworth Plaza presents both the residents of Occupy Philadelphia and the City administration with challenges not heretofore encountered. We celebrate the cooperative and collaborative relationship that has existed to date between Occupy Philadelphia and City officials. As we witness the violence in other cities, we cherish and seek to sustain this unique relationship.
Our respective faiths teach us to always remain open to unseen possibilities, and to welcome the movement of the spirit of love within and among us. We fear for the safety and well-being of the residents of Occupy Philadelphia that a forced eviction would pose, and express our deep concern in particular for those residents who have no permanent housing alternatives.
We call upon Mayor Nutter, Commissioner Ramsey and the other decision-makers of the City of Philadelphia and the residents of Occupy Philadelphia to continue to work collaboratively and cooperatively, and to imagine and discover as yet unimaginable possibilities in their relationship.
We pray that a confrontational eviction of Occupy residents, with its attendant potential for violence and injury, may be avoided at all costs. We pray that all parties may be led to create a new paradigm that serves as a beacon to the world and is worthy of the City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection).
Rev. Peter Friedrichs, Minister, Unitarian Universalist
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director, The Shalom Center
Shane and Katie Jo Claiborne, The Simple Way
Rev. Robin Hynicka, Arch Street United Methodist Church
Lucy Duncan, Friends Liaison, AFSC, member, Goshen Friends Meeting
Aaron Crosman, Peace and Concerns Standing Committee Clerk, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Viv Hawkins, member Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends and Evergreen Worship Group, program coordinator Shalom Center
Hollister Knowlton, Religious Society of Friends
Seth Horwitz, Member, Mishkan Shalom Synagogue
Marylin Huff, Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County
Janine Schwab, AFSC
Walter Hjelt Sullivan, member, Providence Friends Meeting
Pat Evans, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Mount Airy
Rob Gurnee, Danielle Heitmann, Pavi Jaisankar, Crissy Bowen, The Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania
Dustin Wright, Student, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Reverend Deborah Mero, Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester
Amy Yoder McGloughlin, Pastor, Germantown Mennonite Church
Eileen Flanagan, former Assistant Clerk, Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends
Will O’Brien, Project H.O.M.E./Alternative Seminary
Madeline Schaefer, Relgious Society of Friends
Sharon Gunther, member Swarthmore Friends Meeting
Uda B. Bartholomew
Craig McDonald, Ordained Minister, Disciples of Christ