Occupy Wall Street protesters erected a Nativity scene as a "peace offering" in front of Trinity Church in New York City Thursday, and held a debate with clergy in an attempt to persuade them to allow protesters to stay on their property.
Photo 1: Police presence was high as Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered in front of Trinity Church, also known as Trinity Wall Street.
Photo 2: Protesters held up signs that asked for the church to sympathize with their cause.
Photo 3: A pro-Occupy pastor, the Rev. Michael Ellick of Judson Church, debated with the Rev. Matthew Heyd, Director of Faith in Action of Trinity Church.
Photo 4: Occupy protesters gathered in front of Trinity's doors to sing Christmas hymns.
Photo 5: A small Nativity scene served as a "gift offering" to the church from the Occupy movement.