St. Louis Community Statement on Stephen Bannon and the Rise in Hate Crimes Post Election

Immediate release 11/16/2016                                                 

We, the undersigned individuals and communities of faith from across the St. Louis region, strongly denounce the appointment of Stephen K. Bannon as Chief Strategist and Senior Consultant to the president-elect. As the editor of the Breitbart website and as a strategist in the Trump campaign, Mr. Bannon promoted the advancement of misogyny, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism. These ideologies are antithetical to the values of pluralism, respect, and equality that our country strives to embrace. We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate a leadership team that reflects his aspirations of being a president for all the American people.


Moreover, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the rise in hate crimes and hate speech in our region and across the country. We are united in our work to combat bigotry in all its forms. We stand together for the rights of people of all faiths, ethnicities, cultures, languages, races, and political leanings. We will not tolerate the incitement of fear or violence against our neighbors.


  • The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis
  • The Metropolitan Clergy Coalition
  • The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis
  • The Ecumenical Leadership Council of St. Louis and its member churches
  • Boundless Buddha Zen Society
  • The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
  • Rabbi James Bennett, President of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association
  • Cynthia S. Holmes, Past Moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 





Statement drafted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis.

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Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringThere are 42 congregations in the Diocese (30 are parishes and 12 are organized missions), campus ministry (Rockwell House), and an intentional community (Deaconess Anne House). A parish is financially self-supporting. Typically the lead cleric at a parish is a Rector, and at a mission is a Vicar.

Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringOur bishop and ecclesiastical leader is the Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith who is the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.

Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringAccording to parochial reports in 2015, there are 11,500 active members in this diocese. The 21 churches in metropolitan St. Louis have about 76% of members. The Tables of Statistics for all dioceses in The Episcopal Church, including the Diocese of Missouri, are maintained online.

Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringThe 2014 Diocesan Operating Budget as passed by the 175th Diocesan Convention projected expenditures totaling $2,204,025.00.

Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringIn 2015 there were 124 ordained men (73) and women (51) canonically resident in the diocese, of whom 54 (40 men, 14 women) are retired, with an additional 22 licensed to officiate in this diocese. There are 19 persons in the ordination process.

Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringThe Bishop and Diocesan Council plan policy and recommend a budget for the program of the Diocese, which is approved each year at the annual Diocesan Convention.

Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringThere are six Convocation (districts) in the Diocese. The Members of Convention meet from time to time during the recess of Convention in district assemblies called Convocations. They are charged with: familiarize Convention delegates with proposed resolutions and diocesan goals and budget; to provide communication between delegates and Diocesan Council; to facilitate communication between Diocesan Council and Vestries/Bishop's Committees; to elect Diocesan Council members and to propose nominees for Standing Committee, Diocesan Council Members At Large, Cathedral Chapter and General Convention Deputies; and to promote Christian fellowship. Convocations determine their own structure and elect officers as needed.

Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringThe Diocese has had a companion relationship with the Diocese of Lui in southern Sudan since April 2006. The Diocese previously had a companion relationship with the Anglican dioceses of northern Nigeria and with the Diocese of Puerto Rico.



The Mission of the Diocese of Missouri is the mission of all baptized Christians: to teach and to spread the Gospel and its knowledge of salvation to all people; and to make the love of Christ known in the world through our own actions as individuals, as congregations, and as the Diocese, by feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, caring for the sick, visiting the prisoner, and comforting those in times of trouble.Adopted at the 154th Convention, February 1994.


Making Disciples
Building Congregations
For the Life of the World

Presented at the 168th Diocesan Convention, 2007

Diomo Gray Trans background no letteringThe Diocese of Missouri consists of the territory embraced within the City of St. Louis, and the following fifty four Counties of the State of Missouri:

Adair, Audrain, Bollinger, Boone, Butler, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Clark, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Iron, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Maries, Marion, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Oregon, Osage, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Ralls, Randolph, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Charles, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Louis, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Texas, Warren, Washington, Wayne.