The Common Good

Palms, Matzah, Our Planet and the White House: A Religious Act of Civil Disobedience

Date: March 22, 2013

Yesterday, along with 14 other religious folk, clergy and committed "laity," I was arrested for standing at the White House with signs and songs, reciting the names of more than 100 people who had been killed by one result of the climate crisis: Superstorm Sandy.

The action was organized by Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, of which The Shalom Center is a vigorously active member. We were calling on the president to act swiftly to heal our Mother Earth from the climate crisis, from the plagues that modern Pharaohs -- Big Oil, Big Coal, Unnatural Gas -- have brought upon us.

After the Matzah, Rose Berger of Sojourners magazine shared Palm branches around the circle and with them, the meaning of Palm Sunday -- commemorating Jesus' entry in a protest march into Jerusalem, opposing the violent and deadly Roman Empire just before Passover -- the appropriate and risky time of remembering the downfall of Imperial Pharaoh.