Would Jesus Occupy? Michigan's Fountain Street Church says yes and backs movement heartily


I will proudly say that when I was married some urgleburgle years ago in Grand Rapids, it was a Fountain Street Pastor that performed the ceremony. A truly Christian church. (Also the site of one my biggest mistakes ever. They advertised a "Christian" band that performed there in the late 70's or early 80's that I decided not to attend because of the "Christian" label. The band? U2.) Eat this Robertson.

GRAND RAPIDS — If Jesus were here today, would he be among those hoisting a sign as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement? The Rev. Fred Wooden thinks so.

As senior pastor of the nondenominational Fountain Street Church, Wooden delivered a sermon this month which highlighted the similarities between the Occupy movement’s cry for economic equality and the gospel story of Jesus cleansing the temple by casting out the money changers.

But Wooden didn’t stop at words when it came to expressing solidarity with the Occupy movement. The church has allowed the Occupy Grand Rapids protesters to camp in its parking lot at night and is providing other support measures.

It appears the movement has found an ally in the faith community due to their cry for social and economic justice. On Monday, the Vatican’s call for the establishment of a “global public authority” and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions was seen immediately as a measure of support for Occupy Wall Street.