Preached by Earl Kooperkamp at Occupy Wall Street, Interfaith Service
November 13, 2011
This Thursday, a South African priest came to the meeting of Occupy Faith New York.
His name is Father Michael Lapsley, and he is a hero of the anti-Apartheid movement.
While working for the African National congress, the South African Security forces send him a package. It was a letter bomb that blew off both his hands and blinded him in one eye.
He now works for Healing and Reconciliation in Post-Apartheid South Africa, for the victims of apartheid and to transform those who were the perpetrators of apartheid.
He told us: the world has been waiting for the people of the United States to wake up.
The people of a poor township in South Africa heard about Occupy Wall Street. They don’t have any toilets, just buckets. They took their buckets full of…well you know what the buckets were full of…to the local government and demanded a sewer system to keep their children healthy…or else they will bring back the buckets everyday!
Father Lapsley said: “The world is learning from the example of Occupy Wall Street.” And he finished by saying, “Occupy Wall Street must learn from the world.” Amen.
This service is hosted by the Interfaith Center of New York, the Rev. Chloe A. Breyer, Executive Director, every Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm at Zucotti Park, New York City.