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A congregant pulls up a chair to St. Francis of Assisi's drive-thru confessional on May 11, 2020. Father Anthony Yates and George Staley take turns manning the window three days a week, to provide spiritual solace for parishioners during the pandemic.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The Confession window at St. Francis of Assisi doesn’t look all that different from a fast food drive-thru, except for a tiny sign taped to a traffic cone that reads “The Priest Is In.”

The Archdiocese of St. Louis halted most in-person services in March, as part of an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Soon after, priests at St. Francis of Assisi in Oakville devised a creative way to stay connected with parishioners: a drive-thru Confession window. 

The Rev. Darryl Gray helps organizers lead protest chants.
File Photo |Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri clergy members say they are “cautiously optimistic” after meeting with Gov. Mike Parson in St. Louis to find ways to address gun violence in the state.

Parson would not back down on rejecting calls for a special session on gun violence. He said the main way to address it is by working at the federal, state and local levels.

The Rev. Dinah Tatman and faith leaders speak in support of the economic boycott on Nov. 2, 2017.
Chelsea Hoye | St. Louis Public Radio

As protests over the Jason Stockley verdict continue in St. Louis, the persistent chant of “no justice, no profits ” can be heard. Now, that credo is being put into action.

Community activists are using the upcoming holiday season as an opportunity to launch an economic boycott campaign from “any entities that do not respect us or our purchasing power” said the Rev. Dinah Tatman, CEO and founder of Greater New Vision Ministries Inc. in St. Louis.

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis wrote on the activism and impact of communities of faith in Ferguson.
Alex Heuer | St. Louis Public Radio