Gun Violence Prevention

The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has been a leading voice advocating for sensible gun regulation and developing resources for the care of victims of violence in its many contexts. Elements critical to its ongoing ministry include: 

 

In the News

Ripples of opinion and discourse follow Missouri faith leaders' press conference

Missouri Faith Leaders press conference inspires ongoing conversation on gun violence prevention

Diocesan Position Statement on Secure Gun Storage

The Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri implores gun owners to lock and secure weapons against use by children or those suffering from agonizing despair.

Gun Violence Prevention Initiatives in the Diocese

Gun violence prevention Initiatives in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.

Conceal and Carry: The Episcopal Bishop of Missouri Writes to the Missouri General Assembly

Conceal and Carry: The Episcopal Bishop of Missouri Writes to the Missouri General Assembly.

Press Conference scheduled 4/11: Missouri Faith Leaders oppose change to state law allowing concealed weapons in houses of worship

PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED IN ST. LOUIS for 11:15 AM, April 11, 2018: Missouri Faith Leaders oppose allowing concealed weapons in houses of worship. Held at Catholic Charities, 4445 Lindell. Speakers include: The Most Rev. Robert Carlson, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis; The Rev. Bob Farr, Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Missouri; The Rev. Charles Norris, Vice-President, St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition; Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, St. Louis Rabbinical Association; The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri

This week in iSeek-March 15

Litany for Gun Violence Victims, youth led prayer vigil on Mar. 24; Celebrating Baptism videos; ECW scholarship application; Evangelism Matters livestreaming now; Trinity CWE's Lenten Fish Dinner and St. Paul's Carondelet St. Pat's dinner; Magdalene's new director

Our Church responds to Gun Violence

Marc Smith awarded Sewanee fellowship-in-residence, developing gun violence prevention curriculum

Marc D. Smith, Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention, awarded Fellowship-in-residence at Sewanee. He's developing a curriculum on the church's response to violence including: theological perspectives on violence; the American culture of violence; the gun violence crisis; domestic and sexual violence; bullying; and forgiveness, reconciliation and hope.

December Newtown anniversary and speakers on Gun Violence Prevention

December Newtown anniversary and speakers on Gun Violence Prevention

Painting guns to look like toys is patently dangerous

Letter to the Editor published Nov. 28, 2017 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from the Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention, the Rev. Marc. Smith.

John the Baptist and Gun Violence by Lu-Anne Conner

The Rev. Lu-Anne Conner is the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Lake St. Louis.

Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention annual report 2017

The Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention reports to diocesan convention in Nov. 2017.

027 Hearing the call to prevent gun violence, JesusHacked podcast episode

Participating in an annual pilgrimage around the places in town where violence had occurred, praying, leaving crosses, hearing from families, witnessing-- was the catalyst for Brenda’s going deeper into this ministry of hope and education and presence. For this episode we traveled south to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Christ Episcopal Church and spoke with member Brenda Phillips, who shares her story on becoming involved in gun violence prevention ministry with host Deacon Harry Leip.

How do we respond to the epidemic of gun violence?

Interview with the Rev. Marc D. Smith, Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention. #HAVhope

A gun violence epidemic and response: JesusHacked podcast 016

How are we called to respond to the epidemic of gun violence? Bishop's deputy for gun violence prevention Marc Smith frames the context in this community and talks with host Harry Leip about ways we are responding in this diocese.

Gun Violence Awareness: actions in the next two weeks

From wearing orange, to praying for victims of violence, to posting on social media--Missouri Episcopalians act against gun violence.

JesusHacked podcast 015: Finding Light in Darkness-Newtown (pt.2)

This podcast's guest is the Very Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd who talks about her experience as the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, CT, during and after the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. It’s about light in darkness, acts of Grace, and how she brings that forward to her new call as Provost at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. Debbie Nelson Linck hosts.

JesusHacked 014-Finding Light in Darkness: Newtown (pt 1)

This is a part one of a two part episode with the Very Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd about her experience as the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown during and after the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. It’s about light in darkness, acts of Grace, and how she brings that forward to her new call as Provost at Christ Church Cathedral here in St. Louis.

Diocesan Partnership with the American Hospital Association

One Life at a Time:Preventing Gun Violence and Caring for its Survivors

Bishop appoints Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention

Silent Night: remembering Newtown and St. Louis gun violence victims

More Info

Contact the Rev. Marc Smith, Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention

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