I welcomed delegates of the 23rd Annual Christian Methodist Episcopal Convocation to St. Louis tonight. Here’s some of what I said:
A lot of great work is being done in the City by congregations, faith communities, and devout individuals. We’re a pretty religious city (there’s a Saint right in our name). Our neighborhoods boast cathedrals, churches, temples, and other places of worship on almost every corner. We attend them regularly and, we hope, what we learn on church days stays with us on the other days.
We hear and read a lot these days about communities of faith — in connection with health care; in outreach to young people; in support of families with loved ones serving overseas in the military; in assistance during emergencies; and in prayer and compassion when breadwinners are not working. In these tough times, as in most times, our neighbors rely on faith communities to educate, to celebrate, and to advocate.
I understand and appreciate the valuable work accomplished by congregations, faith communities, and devout individuals.