Brooke M. Foster holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she now serves as a program coordinator for the Polaris Young Adult Leadership Network.

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Student Encampments Echo Jesus’ Parable of Annoying the Powerful

by Brooke Foster 05-02-2024

Pro-Palestinian protesters camped out on the Princeton University campus on April 24. Photo: Mary Ann Koruth/ / USA TODAY NETWORK

Just a short walk from my home near Princeton University, students, faculty, staff, and community members have come together to demand the university divest from financial and military support of the state of Israel and release a public statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza — one of many similar protests that have been happening at college campuses across the U.S. over the past two weeks. Stroll by the encampment at any given time, and you’ll see folks of all ages and races gathered together on blankets and tarps sharing crowdfunded hot meals as scholars address the group; kids play and others offer physical and spiritual care, or clean up the encampment grounds. You might hear community announcements, prayer, music, or, at times, chants like “disclose, divest / we will not stop / we will not rest.”