Not surprisingly, the Convention of the Diocese of New York last Saturday took time to consider the “Occupy” movement. The Bishop of New York gave it prominent mention in his address, focusing on its critique of the supposedly increasing gap between rich and poor. He said that “unbridled acquisitiveness” harms our national soul–a point with which few Americans would disagree.
A later resolution supported the movement while irenically noting that some parishes and individual Episcopalians don’t agree with Occupy positions.
As someone in the latter camp, I was pleased that our reliably left-of-center diocese presented a resolution that acknowledged differences of opinion in a tactful and generous way. Perhaps the times are a-changing. –J. Douglas Ousley