Peniel, March 2019

Journal of An Alien Street Priest

On Ash Wednesday we will walk along both Polk and Haight Streets carrying ashes for anointing for any one, but in particular those who live on the street. We  will have their heads turned  away, some will be express their anger at us, but the anger is not at us, but at the Church for its attitude toward homelessness, and many will have been abused by priest or laity, and others will receive the ashes, and the prayers with up lifted heads, tears in their eyes and thankfulness. Last year one woman, wrapped in her sleeping bag, whom I had never met, screamed at me, “Where are you when I need food, and a place to sleep in your f..king fancy robes?” Painful, yes, but it is a question that we all should ask ourselves, ‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’ on the streets, in the battlefields, in the environment?”

So I invite us this Lent to consider fasting from simply hanging with our tribe, those we feel safe with, and moving out and pouring ourselves  out to those we walk by each day, those who anger us , and whom we think are different from us. To let go of grudges and fears. Give a kind word, some food, a blanket, a pair of socks, take to a movie—fast from our fears.

Mary Oliver gives us a poem entitled “Moments” which I personally will meditate on every day this Lent:

“There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled.

Like, telling someone you love them.

Or giving your money away, all of it.

Your heart is beating, isn’t it?

You’re not in chains, are you?

There is nothing more pathetic than caution

when headlong might save a life,

even possibly your own.”

Let us fulfill our moments while we still have time.

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Do You Want to Fast This Lent?

Words of Pope Francis

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Lenten Devotionals

Each Wednesday during Lent we will be sending out on our blog a reflection on a part of this years “Tenderloin Stations of the Cosmic Christ”. We are inviting any of you who would like to take sometime during the week to reflect and pray with us.  There will be some questions for reflections. If you would like to respond by email, snap chat, or face book, or phone, you are invited to.

Schedule For Lent

March 6: Ash Wednesday, Noon–?: We will distribute Ashes to people who are homeless and otherwise on Polk Street. If you are interested in participation please call.

April 18:Holy Thursday: Moving Eucharist: Distribution of Holy Communion on Polk and Haight Street with Food 6:00 p.m.-? Join us.

April 19:  Noon-2:00 p.m. Holy Friday, “Stations of the Cosmic Christ(adaptation from work of Bishop Marc Andrus and Fr. Matthew Fox) We will walk through the Tenderloin remembering that Christ is crucified in each person we see on the street, and where we are asked: “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” One thing we will be doing differently is carrying sandwiches with us so that we can give to people on the street.

Easter Sunday,11:00 a.m.–? April 21: We will celebrate Easter with a Eucharist in Golden Gate Park and give a meal of Easter Eggs, (boiled) with fruit.


Due to our illness, the death of several donors, and the retiring of a number of people our offerings are down. We are giving out 1000 pair of socks a month, feeding people every day snacks, and hot meals twice a week, our primary focus of pastoral and sacramental care are a part of our daily life, so please consider us in your giving.

Donations are tax deductible, and may be given through the mail at the address above or through pay pal on our web site or simply through pay pal.

I  always write a thank you note for your gifts. I often receive notes are emails saying, “Do not waste a stamp.”  Our thank you notes are not just acknowledgments but come from our heart.   I joke that I am a “southern boy” raised with the gene of writing thank you notes, and that is partially true, but in truth I am very appreciative. I do not feel that any gift is complete without a thank you note, and so know it is never a problem, or time consuming, but a joy to acknowledge your gift. RS+

Thank you!


“Home Coming”

October 4, 2019

St. Luke’s Episcopal  Church

6:30 p.m.

“No One is An Enemy or Stranger, I get along with All.”

Siri Guru Granth Sahib


Witness Against the Death Penalty:

Wednesday, March 13, we will beginning our witness against the death penalty at the Earl Warren Office Building at noon . This is sponsored Franciscans Against the Death Penalty.

Philip Workman Memorial Banquet

May 9, 2019, 12 Noon

Civic Center Plaza

We will remember those who are on death row, and that justice is best sought through mercy rather than vengeance. We remember Philip Workman because he is an example of how one man can be transformed in his life’s journey.  Philip was executed on May 9, 2007 for a murder that occurred decades earlier, despite doubts about his guilt.  During those years on death row his life evolved into one of service to fellow inmates and to people outside the walls.  Philip puts a human face on the death penalty. His last act was to have his  final meal of pizza given  to the homeless, we will honor Philip giving out pizza to the homeless, around Civic Center.

Come, let us celebrate with loud voices of praise to the God of many faces.  Let us celebrate the promise of the glorious liberation, we have through the love of God, however God comes to us.

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