Silent Night: remembering Newtown and St. Louis gun violence victims
Tuesday night, Christ Church Cathedral hosted A Time of Remembrance, A Vigil for Peace, an interfaith service of prayer, poetry, and music. At the conclusion of the service, the 250 gathered walked across the street to the front steps of Central Library, where the names of the Newtown victims were read along with the names of the 97 people who died of gun violence last year in St. Louis city. The cathedral bells tolled during the reading of names (short video).
Participating were Mayor Francis Slay; Captain Sam Dotson, incoming Chief of the St. Louis Police Department; Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed. Faith leaders included Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregations; Linda Straub, CSJ; Dietra Wise, Liberation Christian Church; Traci Blackmon, Christ the King UCC; Imam Muhamed Hasic, Islamic Community Center; Dean Mike Kinman, Bishop Wayne Smith, and others.
Music included the spiritual Precious Lord, Take My Hand sung by Eden Seminary Student Council President Anthony Scott (short video). After the reading, many made their way back to the cathedral's nave to tables set up with materials to write letters to public officials.
Connecticut's Governor Dannel Malloy called for a day of mourning in that state on Friday the 21st at 9:30 AM to mark one week since 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school. He requested a moment of silence and that worship and government buildings that have the capability ring bells. Many of the 100,000 congregations related to National Council of Churches member communions will ring bells Friday morning