On September 15, 2017, the announcement was made: a not-guilty verdict to the first-degree murder charge against former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley for the shooting death of 24-year-old black motorist, Anthony Lamar Smith, in 2011. Members of this church are responding in prayer and in protest to the ongoing sin of racism, and with renewed focus on the work of dismantling racist systems.
"Over the centuries of its life, American culture has grown so accustomed to racial disparity that it is easy for those with power never to notice it. Those without power along racial lines, however, live with it every day. This disparity has made itself evident in recent days, in court actions and on the streets of Saint Louis. Those called through the waters of baptism into the gospel-inspired life are to develop habits of recognizing this sinful imbalance, all the time. And to do something about it." --Bishop Wayne Smith
As this work continues, we will update this page with images, articles, and texts from diocesan members and clergy regarding our call to this ministry.
9/19 St. Louis Clergy Call for Justice, Peace, Unity in Fifth Day of Protests, by Storyful, Yahoo News, video
9/19 KTRS, radio news
9/19 Interfaith prayer service calls for ‘peace in community’ following Stockley verdict protests BY STAFF WRITER AND DAN GRAY, KPLR11
9/19 Faith leaders call for change; protesters set up encampment outside of St. Louis jail By LARA HAMDAN & CHELSEA HOYE, St. Louis Public Radio
9/19 Religious Leaders: Peace Can’t Happen Without Justice, KMOX, CBS St. Louis
9/19 St. Louis faith leaders urge peace, justice amid turmoil By JIM SALTER and SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press
9/19 St. Louis religious leaders host interfaith prayer service and march to City Hall by Sarah Kloepple, St. Louis Magazine
9/19 Clergy hold interfaith prayer service for peace, justice By Blythe Bernhard, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Collection of response from this church after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014 is online here.