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University City TIF A Costco north of Olive?
University City has received approval to go ahead with a Tax-Financed Development north of Olive Boulevard. There has been protest in the city of the plan, hoping to see a Community Benefits Agreement attached to the development. (Read our Rector’s Sermon about why such an agreement is important). City Council members have said they will plan a series of meetings, asking residents for their input about the kinds of commitments we hope to see in the final agreement between the city and the developer. Our rector has pledged to work with fellow clergy and people of faith to organize the community to attend and contribute to that process.
We hope our community will come together to negotiate a strong development agreement, insuring that if the project finally goes forward, the most vulnerable of our community will see new opportunities for living wage jobs, education, and safe affordable housing for years to come. We hope you will join us in this work.
April 2018 Interfaith Leaders Say No to Open Carry in Houses of Worship
From our Rector’s Pentecost Sermon:
We are making a difference
This is a movement for love, and we are making a difference. I have to take just a moment to say thank you to members of this congregation. Many of you made phone calls, sent emails, even wrote letters to our Missouri legislature this session. We were working against the so-called “guns everywhere” legislation, that would have expanded Missouri’s conceal-carry automatically into houses of worship, into college campuses, and in day cares. People could have come in with concealed weapons. You stood with religious leaders from across our State, and I heard yesterday that the legislature finished its session without passing that dangerous proposed law.
This is a small incremental step, but it’s an important one. If we are going to build on this win. If we are going to build a coalition of people of faith who will stand together for love, for justice. We also need to take time celebrate the victories, and we won this day. Justice won. Love won. When we continue to hear about shootings, while our gun laws still do not protect enough of God’s children, we have to celebrate the wins, and we have to build momentum. Thank you for continuing to stand for sensible gun reform. You won this one. Keep the faith.
March 2018 The March for Our Lives