The Reverend Karen Anderson is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She pastors Ward Chapel AME Church in Florissant, Mo.  She currently serves as the president of Gamaliel's St. Louis Affiliate Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) and is a member of the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis.

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Unrest in St. Louis? It Was Built to Be This Way.

by Karen Anderson, by Deborah Krause 09-27-2017

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The test for religious leaders in this context has been nothing short of a demand for a prophetic voice which sees, names, and challenges the reality of a system that destroys the lives of some while parading as “law and order” for others. Faith leaders are finding themselves tangled in a quagmire of competing rhetoric about what makes for peace, walking the line of proclaiming prophetic vision amid a culture, a church, and a people tightly wrapped in the clutches of white supremacy.