Flash Evensong at St Paul’s-in-the-Camp

St Paul's in-the-camp

St Paul's in-the-camp

True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavour to mend it. — William Penn

I cannot support using violence to ask people to clear off the land. It is not about my sympathies or what I believe about the camp. I support the right to protest and in a perfect world we could have negotiated. But our legal advice was that this would have implied consent. — Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Reverend Giles Fraser

It is with great regret and sadness that I have handed in my notice at St Paul’s Cathedral. — Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Reverend Giles Fraser

Yesterday evening Flash Evensong performed an impromptu evensong on the the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Flashmob choir makes its point outside closed St Paul’s Cathedral
“Flash evensong” and the crunchiness of God’s word
Musical flashmob at St Paul’s Occupy London Stock Exchange protest

I caught a glimpse of it as an intro on World Tonight (last night news on Radio 4) to an excellent interview with the Editor of the Church Times who was highly critical of the closure of St Paul’s and said if St Paul’s sided with the City of London they would be siding with the wrong side. He added that the protesters had strong church support and that a poll in Church Times had given them 2/3 support.

Yesterday St Paul’s announced they hoped to re-open on Friday having engaged in talks with the protest camp, which begs the question why did they close?

OccupyLSX welcomes potential re-opening of St Paul’s Cathedral

Flash Evensong will perform evensong on Friday evening and there will be a service on the steps of St Paul’s Saturday afternoon.

Friday Evensong at St Paul’s-in-the-Camp, 6.15 for 6.30pm
‘Sermon on the Steps’ this Saturday
Sermon on the Steps at St Paul’s in-the-Camp

This morning the very sad news that Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral Rev Dr Giles Fraser had resigned. This opens the way to hardliners in cahoots with the City of London to clear the camp.

St Paul’s row: Giles Fraser resigns
Canon of St Paul’s: church cannot answer peaceful protest with violence
Statement regarding resignation of Reverend Canon Dr Giles Fraser
God Bless Giles Fraser

Bishop Selby on Radio 4 World at One lunchtime news today said it was very sad news to hear of the resignation of Giles Fraser. He was concerned this would put St Paul’s on the side of the City Of London who he called duplicitous.

Speaking for St Paul’s, Rev Rob Marshall said St Paul’s had strong links with the City of London.

Writing in the Evening Standard the Bishop of London gave the impression of having lost the plot! Maybe the Bishop should move out of his palace and spend a week living in a tent outside St Paul’s.

Bishop of London writes in the Evening Standard
Bishop of London offers debate with Occupy protesters if they disband
A chauffeur-driven bishop, and a Church that refuses sanctuary

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3 Responses to “Flash Evensong at St Paul’s-in-the-Camp”

  1. keithpp Says:

    God moves in mysterious ways. Things happen, often the unexpected, then new paths open.

    Occupy London Stock Exchange was not meant to be outside St Paul’s, it is there by chance. It has though served to expose the strong links between St Paul’s and the City of London, it has started a debate within the church.

    St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation Trustees

    Sir John Stuttard – former Lord Mayor of the City of London; Chartered Accountant; former partner of PriceWaterhouse

    The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, Dean of St Paul’s
    Dame Helen Alexander DBE – deputy Chair of the Confederation of British Industry; Chair of the Port of London Authority; adviser to Bain Capital, a global asset management company.
    Lord Blair of Boughton – former Chief of the Metropolitan Police
    Roger Gifford – UK head of SEB, a major Swedish-based bank
    John Harvey – American entrepreneur in the media field; founder of the Personalized Media Communications Group
    Joyce Hytner OBE – London Theatre Director & Arts patron
    Gavin Ralston – Head of Product at Schroder’s Bank
    Carol Sergeant CBE – senior financier; former head of risk at Lloyd’s Bank (to 2010)
    John Spence OBE – senior banker; has occupied various key roles with Lloyd’s Bank; senior member of the British Bankers’ Association; Chair of the Audit Committee of HMRC

    All masons apart from the women?

    Is it a coincidence that, according to Acts 18:3, St Paul was a tent-maker?!

    The Money Changers Occupy the Temple. Jesus drove the Money Changers out of the Temple. Is it not about time we did too?

    Jesus would be out in the tents.

    St Paul’s belongs to the people, not the Money Changers.

    At least eight church groups back the protesters.

    British Christian groups back ‘Occupy London’ movement

  2. keithpp Says:

    St Paul’s protest: City of London to take legal action

  3. keithpp Says:

    Please visit St Paul’s, sign the visitors book, give comments on their links with the City of London.

    If you want to let St Paul’s know how you feel about the enforced resignation (and possible constructive dismissal) of Canon Revd Giles Fraser, and their links with the City of London …

    Hannah Talbot – 020 7246 8321 – is St Paul’s Press & Communications Officer

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