We commend heartily the leadership of the United Church of Christ, 14 St. Louis churches, and the Deaconess Foundation in raising the money to abolish $12.9 million in medical debt for 11,108 St. Louis families in 78 Zip codes — and for the messages they sent in announcing their philanthropy.

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This is an MLK weekend more than 11,000 families in St. Louis City and County won't soon forget as the United Church of Christ blessed them with a cure for their medical debt. It took $100,000 -- UCC church bodies donated $60,000, along with a $40,000 donation from Deaconess Foundation to bu…

On Tuesday, January 14, the organizers of the Close the Workhouse campaign held a press conference showcasing their new report “Close the Workhouse: A Plan and a Vision.” This report showcases the dramatic drop in St. Louis city jail populations over the past year and proposes a two-year pat…

The world we exist in today is a sad reminder of what the prediction was of “rumors of war" in Matthew 24:6: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Anita Louis Jenkins Banks died January 2, 2020.  She had just celebrated her 95th birthday on December 3, 2019 with extended family and friends.  The widow of the late Senator J.B. “Jet” Banks, Anita was an active member in her Community and her Church.  She was a Commissioner of the Dr. Mar…

A new year is supposed to usher in hope and new possibilities. Sadly, there is little in the St. Louis region’s history that exudes the promise of change. I am the eternal optimist only because I put my faith in everyday people, not the corrupt and incompetent people who thrive off power and…