Public Witness

Marching Together in Faith for Gun Violence Prevention

(All photos are credited to: Phil Shoulberg Photography) “Do you think we could borrow your idea about handing out orange ribbons to the congregation for Wear Orange weekend?”  That’s how it started.  Then one of the members of Churches Together for Justice asked, “But wouldn’t it be cool if we did something together for Wear Orange Sunday?  We could have…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Blog Post by Rev. Elizabeth “Liz” Kanerva Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Associate Leader My father was a veteran and on Memorial Day I have found myself wandering among the markers at Jefferson Barracks pausing here and there reflecting on the steep cost of war. Independence Day is celebrated with parades, picnics, and good friends. It is a day to remember the…

PACHAMAMA PONDERING 2022

PACHAMAMA PONDERING, 2022 By Rev. Ellie Stock, Honorably Retired One more time the alarm shrieks! (Ironically, paralleling folks’ being attracted to Halloween week’s scary, shriek-filled haunted houses and horror flicks, and faux death skeleton and ghost yard décor, while, simultaneously, shying away from engaging with life’s real scary issues) Another mass school shooting! This time, it happened (well, it doesn’t…

Missouri Voters Deadline Looms

Blog from your Public Witness Team Member Ruling Elder Donna Cook Voting is one of our most important rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizenship. Every election matters. The 2022 Midterm election is almost here. The deadline to register in Missouri is fast approaching. Check your voter registration today to make sure your address is correct or that you are indeed…

Epiphany and the Gift Of Metanoia

The Writing of an Overture to the 225th General Assembly of the PCUSA: An Apology to African Americans for the Sin of Slavery and Its Legacy Blog Post by Diane McCullough, co-chair DRAWP Apology/Overture task force, a Ruling Elder at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church Some define Epiphany as “a moment of Holiness.” As I write this, it is Epiphany, January…

Abundance Scarcity Fear and a Leap of Faith Oh My

Blog Post by Donna Cook, Ruling Elder Oak Hill Presbyterian Church Presbytery Hunger Action Enabler Thanksgiving in 2021 is a time of abundance, scarcity, pandemic, inflation, fear, and/or faith. How we live into it is our choice. If we have an abundance mentality, we believe there is enough for everyone, and we’ll have what we need. If we have a…

Plea for Action Against Gun Violence

Blog Post by  Dr. Rance Thomas, Ruling Elder Member of John Knox Presbyterian Church Public Witness and DRAWP Once again, we are witnessing an outbreak of gun violence in our region – both mass and individual shootings. We have seen too much of this in recent months, and it is only increasing. In the past, shootings typically took place in large…

Return to Normal

Blog Post by Rev. Bill Vincent First Presbyterian Church of Union and Pacific Presbyterian Church, Missouri I find myself torn…about the return to normal. I understand the yearning to get back together, see each other, and enjoy fellowship in one another’s physical presence. I understand the need for an easing of the economic stress and pressure brought on by the…