Gun Violence Prevention, Bishop's Deputy for

Thirty-one gun locks were distributed free-of-charge at the January 12 Osage Center Health and Wellness Expo in Cape Girardeau.  The event was staffed by Brenda Phillips, a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau. 
Lise Bernstein, president of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, presented "Saving Our Kids:  The Lock It for Love Initiative" at the September 22, 2017 seminar for parish nurses, "Gun Violence:  Caring for Children, Victims and Ourselves."  The program, a collaboration with Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, was held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City, Missouri. 

 

Gayla Ressel and Brenda Phillips, members of Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, recently distribute 45 guns locks free-of-charge at the Heartland Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by KFVS TV.  This effort was supported by the Lock It for Love partnership between Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice and the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. 

 

Donna Bernert, a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Eureka, Missouri, organized members of her parish to staff a Lock It for Love booth at the annual Eureka Days celebration on September 8-9, 2017.  Fifty gun locks were distributed free-of-charge.  The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has partnered with Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, a St. Louis advocacy organization, in supporting Lock It for Love.

 

Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice (WVRSJ) staff and volunteers gather for a meeting in their new office at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City, Missouri.  The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri is collaborating with WVRSJ through its "Lock It for Love" initiative to distribute gun locks free-of-charge throughout eastern Missouri.   

 

Dr. Barry Hong, Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine (WUMS) and Chief Psychologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, discussing psychological first aid for victims of gun violence with family and student mentors at Grace Hill Settlement House in North St. Louis City on July 25, 2017.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and widespread anticipatory mourning in communities experiencing high rates of violent crime also were reviewed.  With the support of a grant from the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust, the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and WUMS initiated a partnership in 2016 to provide professional education and consultation to individuals, organizations and faith communities engaged in gun violence prevention, as well as conduct empirical research.   

 

Parishioners at Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, met on July 26, 2017 to launch a local "Lock It for Love" initiative focused on gun safety and free gun lock distribution.  The group's first community program will be in partnership with St. Francis Medical Center's (Cape Girardeau) Pediatric Health Fair on August 3.  The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri is collaborating with St. Louis-based Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, which founded "Lock It for Love."  

 

Barbara Harris and Joan Park of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice (WVRSJ) staff the "Lock It for Love" table at the June 23, 2017 Episcopal City Mission (ECM) Summer Celebration fundraiser at Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood. ECM provides pastoral care to juveniles incarcerated in St. Louis City and County. The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has partnered with WVRSJ to sponsor "Lock it for Love" and the distribution of gun locks free-of-charge throughout the St. Louis region.

 

The 2017 Bluford Institute for Healthcare Leadership Scholars join hands in support of the American Hospital Association's #HAVhope Friday at the Stowers Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Pictured with them are (left to right) the Rev. Dr. Marc Smith, Bishop’s Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, the Hon. Vi Lyles, Mayor Pro Tem of Charlotte, North Carolina, the Hon. Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri and John Bluford, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Truman Medical Center, Past Chairman of the Missouri and American Hospital Associations and Founder of the Leadership Institute.

 

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted an April 17, 2017 meeting to organize parishes throughout the Diocese of Missouri in support of its partnership with the American Hospital Association's (AHA) anti-violence campaign, #HAVhope, and the local "Lock It for Love" initiative to distribute gun locks free-of-charge throughout the community.

 

Parishioners in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri purchased hand-woven scarfs from Jerusalem to support "Lock It for Love," a partnership with Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice to distribute gun locks free-of-charge throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Gun Violence: Caring for Victims, the Community & Ourselves

 

  • Workshop is on Saturday, February 3, from 8 - 11:45 AM
  • Room 101 in Press Hall at Eden Seminary Webster Groves, 63119
  • Continental breakfast is provided. 

The seminar will include presentations on: the church's response to gun violence; psychological first aid for gun violence victims and the survivors of suicide; the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anticipatory mourning in "at risk" communities; and forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of traumatic loss. 

Speakers will include: 

  • Barry A. Hong, Ph.D., Vice Chair and Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, Psychologist-in-Chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an ELCA clergyperson; 
  • The Very Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd, Provost of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis and former Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut at the time of the massacre of students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012; and 
  • The Rev. Marc D. Smith, Ph.D., Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, and Priest Associate at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City. 

There is no registration fee please RSVP to leadership@eden.edu or 314-918-2628 by noon on January 31. (This will help with planning for food and setting up the space.) The Rev. Steve Lawler, Director of the Walker Leadership Institute is happy to answer any of your questions, slawler@eden.edu. 

Collect for Victims of Violence

               God of all mercy, who weeps with us as we anguish over lives broken and lost to the violence which so pains our community:
              Open our ears that we might hear their cries;  Open our eyes that we might see their fears; Open our hearts that we might embrace them in love; and Open our arms that we might protect them from all harm;
              through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

  

  

 

The Rev. Marc D. Smith, Ph.D, was appointed the Bishop's Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention on June 16, 2016.

Contact him via email  or phone, 314-452-3378.

 

Recent podcast episodes on gun violence prevention

  • "Hearing the call to prevent gun violence": Brenda Phillips on how 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.
  • "A gun violence epidemic and response," host Harry Leip talks with the Rev. Marc Smith about the epidemic in our community, some of its causes, and how we are responding.
  • "Finding Light in Darkness: Newtown" (part one, part two). Two episodes 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 with host Debbie Nelson Linck. 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.

LINKS

 

ARTICLES

Nov. 29, 2017 - Letter to the Editor, published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch (11-28/29/17)  from the Rev. Marc Smith

Nov. 15, 2017 - John the Baptist and Gun Violence by the Rev. Lu-Anne Conner

May 26, 2017 - Gun Violence Awareness, events in the next two weeks

April 12, 2017 - Diocesan Partnership with the American Hospital Association, #HAVhope

Feb. 27, 2017 - One Life at a Time: Preventing Gun Violence and Caring for its Survivors, published in Seek, diocesan quarterly news

Feb. 21, 2017 - Priest in America’s ‘murder capital’ brings public-health approach to gun violence prevention, published by Episcopal News Service

June 15, 2016 - Bishop Wayne Smith appoints a Deputy for Gun Violence Prevention

 

EVENTS, MEETINGS

August: 

Lock It for Love has several events in August (St. Louis area) and a need for some volunteers to help give out free gun locks.

  • 08/22/2017 - Back to School Night at Dewey School- 6746 Clayton Avenue (near Clayton Ave. and Skinker/McCausland), 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • 08/25/2017 - Clinton Peabody Tenant Association Meeting-1401 Park, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • 08/27/2017 - Ivory Perry Park Concert-Skinker/DeBaliviere, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 08/28/2017 - St. Louis Police Community Engagement Event-Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club-2901 North Grand, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • You can sign up to volunteer here: signupschedule.com/joanpark. For more information contact Joan Park, event coordinator, via email or at 314-821-2197.

June 9, 2017, National Day of Awareness, #HAVhope

April 20-22, 2017, Unholy Trinity: the Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Gun Violence - conference organized by the Bishops Against Gun Violence hosted by the Diocese of Chicago.

April 17, 2017, 6:30-7:45 PM, Diocesan members informational meeting about Lock It for Love and diocesan parishes at Holy Communion Church (parish hall). 

 

  

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