Clergy from a number of local pro-peace Christian organizations gathered at Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland today to conduct a rite of social exorcism directed toward the Executive Branch of the US Government.
Local pastors and reverends from Christ the Healer UCC, Lake Oswego UCC, Metanoia Peace Community, Reedwood Friends Church, Milwaukie Presbyterian Church, and Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministries at P.S.U. were among those participants listed on the program guide.
The event, which began with a call for "radical change in the spiritual condition of our federal government," was attended by 30 or more members of the public. The "Prayer of Deliverance" included reference to the deluded Executive Branch in the following terms: "War, greed, mass consumption, destruction of life and the excuse that 'I'm just doing my job' are all symptoms of a deeper deception influenced by these deadened spirits." Clergy members recited a number of short prayers for an end to separation, ignorance, self-righteousness, greed, fear, and arrogance, with participants responding to each with the word "Amen."
The group of clergy and laypeople processed around the Federal Building, with the Lord's Prayer recited at each corner, and holy water sprinkled on the brickwork, and ended with singing "Joy to the World."
It was good to see a powerful showing of peace activist Christian groups doing their thing in such a public, direct way.