Information about and response to the events happening in our area:
- A Moral Summons to Be Seen and Heard in STL
This document was drafted by Rev. Dr. Deborah Krause, Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, working in cooperation with a small group of interfaith clergy. Portions of the document were shared at a recent Metropolitan Congregations United gathering at Central Reform Congregation.I believe that this document reflects our call to prophetic, non-violent acts of justice, and details many ways that people of faith have responded and will continue to respond in this important moment in our community life.
- Local congregations and clergy are preparing ways to be supportive to our communities following the announcement of the Grand Jury’s decision in the Darren Wilson case. It is likely that many people will be in the streets following this announcement. In addition to praying fervently that gatherings will be nonviolent, clergy and congregations (especially those in and near Ferguson and Clayton) are also preparing to provide emergency aid and sustenance.If you would like to give toward this project, please consider purchasing some of the items in the list below (provided by Metropolitan Congregations United [MCU]), or donating funds through WGCC. Funds will be used to purchase and deliver items from the MCU list. Please consider supporting one of the congregations opening their building by providing needed items, such as: bottles of water, peanut butter, bread, crackers, medical supplies, toiletries, paper products, large garbage bags, latex gloves, Malox/milk(for treatment of pepper spray/teargas), dust masks, paper towels or any other items that you think might be helpful.
- Worship services are also being planned – one in Clayton, at Shaw park, and one at Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood, among others. As more information becomes available, it will be posted in our announcements, and on Facebook and the WGCC website.