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Go, Sarai and Worcester pastors, go!!!!!!!

From the public statement read by Worcester District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera at City Hall this afternoon. Rivera is also a pastor. … Brave and beautiful words for all Worcesterites  … -R.T.

“We believe in a Worcester that can stand united and strong. It is sad that there has been a rise in racial tension throughout the nation and it has touched us here at our home.

“We stand united as faith leaders against the increased intensity of hate speech directed at people of color in Worcester.

“This hate speech is intended to degrade and intimidate, creating a hostile environment that we will not embrace or condone, that we will not succumb to or be silent in.”

“Today we stand and call for an end to all the hate speech so that as a community we can proceed ahead.

“We look forward to the community conversations that were announced by the City Manager and Mayor which will be facilitated by the Department of Justice. These dialogues on race are coming at an important time in Worcester’s history.

“We are at a crossroads. As leaders of faith in this community we encourage full and active participation in this multi-part dialogue.

“The events of the past few months should make it clear that the path forward requires all of our participation, all of our perspectives and all of our life experiences.”

“We understand that the process of pursuing racial justice can be difficult and that too often the finger gets pointed at those raising concerns, rather than at the structures and institutions perpetuating disparities and injustices.

“We believe though, that through a process of honest dialogue we can come out all the stronger.”

The tribulations of Occupy Worcester

By anonymous

Where are they? Been searching high and low. Where’s Worcester Occupy Wall Street camping out? Got a box of donuts to drop off.

So who would have thought, Occupy Worcester KO’d not by a mob of 1%-ers, but by a single person – a priest no less: The Rev. Robert Bachelder of the Worcester Area Mission Society, part of the liberal United Church of Christ, stopped them dead in their tracks, based on a misunderstanding. Allegedly his flock’s parking spaces were in peril. Yes, parking spaces.

I wonder if the reverend got 30 pieces of silver in exchange for handing over OWS? One of Jesus’ own selling out. Biblical history does repeat itself. I think there’s more to it than parking spots. I may be wrong.

What strikes me as hypocritical is that an avowed disciple of Jesus Christ turned his back on a handful of youths and by extension, the most critical issue affecting our society today – the subjugation of the masses by the Wall St. cabal and their Washington henchmen.

So why did he do it? Someone forced him? His irate flock? The property owners, The New England Dream Center, an obscure non-profit housed in a former church on Chestnut Street, trying to snuff out OWS for ideological reasons? Wall Street’s agents got to him? Who knows.

An aside here. I always get an strange feeling when I see the Dream Center’s vans, filled with kids. Their apathetic expressions, their listless eyes staring out into a void. Certainly not dreaming.

Anyone know what the Dream Center does, except give away toys to the needy every Christmas? I’ll answer that: Help the needy. Like Bachelder’s Mission Society is supposed to do. If the mission of the Worcester Area Mission Society is to help the homeless and inner-city youth, then why not our OWS. I’m being factious of course. Obviously they have other priorities – protecting parking spaces from filthy heathens.

OWS has of course made for interesting news in our so called local media: The T&G cackled over its demise, WOMAG bemoaned a story, and InCity Times [covered it from a national perspective via filmmaker Michael Moore]. Even Jordan Levy did a radio interview with an OWS participant – his contempt couldn’t have been more palatable. And local bible-thumper Mike Benedetti tried to transform it into a journalistic coup touting himself. Mike milked it for all he could – gave everyone the impression he was Occupy Worcester. But once the spotlight dimmed, he pretended it never existed. Reminds me of Nicole Apostola’s antics not too long ago: No spotlight. No Nicole. How superficial.

The question I have is, why didn’t power-Christian Mike Benedetti rally the enlightened Christian-bloggers to save Wusta’s OWS? Yet not a soul stepped forward. Not a hand extended. It’s ironic that Mike Benedetti fills the Barnard Blogroll with Christian-blogs espousing their enlightened values, yet not one came forward, or even gave OWS lip-service. Not a peep. Geez… I wonder what Jesus would say?

Funny, why do I get the feeling that organized religion is part of the 1%? Considering their enormous financial wealth they have a vested interest in defending the status quo. No Wall St. No corrupt politicians. No church. No job.

Obviously Occupy Worcester needs to rethink its strategy – more marketing, more presence. Another incident like this could obliterate OWS.

I’m sure spring will sprout a new improved OWS. And beware of false prophets.

The Community Ministries Fund: Making a difference in Worcester County

By Matt Wexler

Improving our community is a noble goal, one that every citizen should aspire to. In particular, the Worcester area’s churches and congregations believe helping the community is of the utmost importance. Nothing demonstrates this better than the Community Ministries Fund, which has been supporting local social improvement efforts for the past several years.

The Community Ministries Fund was established in 2006 by the Worcester Area Mission Society and the Worcester Area United Methodists. For years, these groups had funded seed grants to local neighborhood programs, hoping to improve the lives of those living there. Yet a more united effort was needed to effect the big lasting changes these churches hoped were hoping for. Continue reading The Community Ministries Fund: Making a difference in Worcester County