Never Grow Up!

February 23rd, 2018 By punkpriest

NEVER GROW UP Recently I was at In and Out in Marin, and an old friend came up to me. I have known him for 10 years, and we chatted.  Last night I received an email from him with these words: “Dear River, ‘Never grow up!’ Peter Pan” and the comment–“you have helped many, you […]

The Mystery of Absurdity–the Church

February 22nd, 2018 By punkpriest

The Mystery of Absurdity–The Church Matthew 16: 13-16 I talk about being down the “rabbit hole,” and for me that is the mystery of absurdity–life makes no sense unless one finds a base to hold on to. As my doctor told me a couple of days ago, “You are running on pure will,” and I […]

The Myth of Sisyphus

February 20th, 2018 By punkpriest

“The Myth of Sisyphus (French: Le Mythe de Sisyphe) is a 1942 philosophical essay by Albert Camus. The English translation by Justin O’Brien was first published in 1955. In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd, man’s futile search for meaning, unity, and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of […]

Taking Up the Cross

February 16th, 2018 By punkpriest

TAKING UP THE CROSS Luke 9:22-25 Next weekend we are picking up Akihiro. My adult friends, have raised the questions: “He will change your life, and take a lot of your time, what happens to him if someone kills you, what are you going to do when you travel, and so on, you better rethink […]

Ash Wednesday, 2018

February 14th, 2018 By punkpriest

Ash Wednesday, 2018 Akihiro–Luminous,  Brightness The photo is of a puppy that we will pick up soon, which is a gift of hope. His name is Akihiro, meaning “luminous, and brightness.” He is beautiful, young, and offers hope. Hope that seems unreachable. On this my final Ash Wednesday, the words “Listen, O man, you are […]

Station 2 Jesus Carries His Cross

February 12th, 2018 By punkpriest

Station 2:Jesus Carries the Cross 1924-“America’s First Homo- Sexual Rights Group Forms Today we have multiple Queer Rights Groups. They advocate and fight for Queer Rights. There are few in our churches. There are few Queer Youth Groups. In the same way the Church stands back from homelessness. Our streets are full of homeless people, […]

Ash Wednesday

February 10th, 2018 By punkpriest

​Meet At City Hall, Polk Street Side Noon Short Service of Imposition of Ashes Walk through Tenderloin and Polk Street doing an Imposition of Ashes When the ashes are imposed on our heads in the sign of the cross we hear the words, “Listen O Man, You are dust, and ashes to ashes, to dust […]

In the Wastelands!

February 7th, 2018 By punkpriest

In The Wasteland The past few days I have been in Sacramento getting my shoulder looked at and at a clergy retreat. The question we were asked to consider was: “Where is God for you this Lent?” There was a gentleman I talked to who worked in D.C. directly with the homeless, and he told […]

Station 2: Jesus is Condemned to Death

February 5th, 2018 By punkpriest

– William Shakespeare J Station 1: Jesus is Condemned to Death Luke 23:1-25 1913: The word “faggot” first appears in print. Our sexuality shapes who we are, how we treat people, who we feel safe with.  Homophobia is alive and very well.  A former friend of mine was having a party one time and told me […]

Queer Stations of the Cross

February 3rd, 2018 By punkpriest

Queer Stations of the Cross–Struggle for Equality Introduction (This is this years Stations of the Cross, will be writing it as my journal, if you would like to give feed back than email me at, and I will consider it. ——————————————————————————– A close friend text me that “Our friendship is an unstoppable Tseume,” and […]