Faith leaders from across the city have been joining together in an effort to offer our moral authority in service to the cause of Occupy Wall Street. Led by the ministers at Judson Memorial Church, we come from Manhattan, and Brooklyn. We come from Queens and the Bronx. We come from Staten Island and Jersey City. We come from White Plains and Westchester and Long Island. We will be holding a service every Sunday at 3 PM in Zuccotti Park. But if we are to reclaim the moral voice of this nation, pastors and rabbis and monks and imams cannot do it alone. We are nothing without the people. Anyone can be ordained these days. Our authority comes from our creative interchange with the people, comes from the creative moment we share with the people.
In this spirit I would like you to join me, if you are willing, in affirming the statement of support we, as faith leaders, have signed for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
We, the people of faith communities throughout New York and the United States, stand with Occupy Wall Street, for here we see the promise of democracy renewed.
Our spiritual traditions are clear: the impoverishment of the many for the benefit of the few destroys us all. The cries of our people are clear: the America dream is compromised: the moveable middle is slipping away; and in our politics, all fairness is lost. The Soul of this Great Nation is in danger, threatened by the false idols.
So together we affirm the golden rule: treat our neighbors as ourselves. We commit ourselves to the restoration of justice in our economy, and compassion in our politics; that together we might behold a revolution of values for all our people. We ask all Americans to join us in this prayer, that once again our country might be a hope, and a dream, and a promise for all who reach its shores.