ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The Christ Church Cathedral will open its doors to remember the victims of gun violence in Newtown, Conn. and St. Louis Tuesday evening. (Doors will open at 6 p.m.)
The service will be led by many faith and civic leaders including Mayor Francis Slay, President Lewis Reed (St. Louis Board of Aldermen), Rabbi Susan Talve (Central Reform Congregation), Bishop George Wayne Smith (Episcopal Diocese of Missouri), Dean Mike Kinman (Christ Church Cathedral), the Rev. Traci Blackmon (Christ the King UCC), the Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw (Eden Theological Seminary) and others.
The vigil will blend readings and songs with meditations on the theme of peace. At the conclusion of the service all in attendance will light candles and walk out the front doors of the Cathedral and gather on the steps of Central Library where the names of those killed by gun violence in Newtown and St. Louis will be read.
“What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary has broken and touched our hearts, but unfortunately, it is nothing new,” Dean Kinman said. “Our children are dying on our streets from guns every day and every night. We need to come together in our grief and in our shock, and we are providing space to do that. But that grief and shock needs to be a launching point for action.”
After the vigil, attendees will be given opportunities to write letters to Governor Nixon, President Obama and our state and national representatives urging gun reform and broader availability of mental health care in Missouri and the nation. There will also be resources to help people talk about this tragedy with children and other counseling resources available.
Christ Church Cathedral is located on 13th Street between Olive and Locust downtown, next to the newly renovated Central Library. The Cathedral is sacred public space for all St. Louis.