May 18th, 2018 By punkpriest

John 21:15-19–Reflect Ramadan, the Muslim period of fasting, is a way of identifying with those forgotten in our society who have no food, housing, or support. Our papers are full of articles about the homeless, and our Mayoral campaigns have plans for solutions. During Ramadan, Muslims fast and pray from sun up to sundown, and […]

My Bags are Packed And I am Ready to God!

May 13th, 2018 By punkpriest

My Bags Are Packed And I am Ready to God! Last night at 11:08 p.m. was the anniversary of my brother’s Stacy’s death. He was taking his driving test  the next day and so we were practicing. He skidded, and Stacy died instantly, and I did not receive a scratch. I remember holding his head […]

The Street of Broken Dreams

May 8th, 2018 By punkpriest

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams–Green Day I walk a lonely road The only one that I have ever known Don’t know where it goes But it’s only me, and I walk alone I walk this empty street On the boulevard of broken dreams Where the city sleeps And I’m the only one, and I walk […]

An Outsider

March 26th, 2018 By punkpriest

An Outsider I was told when I first came here so many years ago, that doing this alone I would not last. Well I have lasted, for you see what people never, never, never understand is what I do is being a pastor to people. It is not a community of people doing activism and […]

Queer Stations of the Cross

March 22nd, 2018 By punkpriest

​ JOURNAL OF AN ALIEN STREET PRIEST Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min. In the Passion in the book of John we have Jesus saying, “It is me!” Today he stands as a person of contradiction waiting to be recognized. A contradiction in that he does not judge us, but recognizes that we judge ourselves in […]

Being an Outsider

March 15th, 2018 By punkpriest

Being an Outsider Today I met with my doctor and she told me that she went to a citizens meeting, where the main topic was me. Her conclusion was they were transferring their visible anger towards homelessness on the one person who is visible and sides with homeless youth-me. She reflected now how she understood […]

In Memory of Danial Conder

March 11th, 2018 By punkpriest

Daniel Conder 1982-2018 John 3:14-21 Dan was found dead in Colorado last week. We have known Dan since he was 28 years old. We met on Polk. Dan was hooked on speed, and other drugs, and as we came to know him we found him to be a caring and loving individual. He was born […]

Into the Maze

March 5th, 2018 By punkpriest

Into the Maze In Dante’s “Infernal” he talked of different places in hell, and frankly I do not know where I am, but I am in a maze, and in hell.  Whether I find my way out of this maze is in question, if I do my life will be given more fully in service. […]

What God Want Do

March 3rd, 2018 By punkpriest

What God Want Do! Luke 15:1-32 The Parable of the Prodigal Son is about what God want do–reject people. William Stringfellow tells us that “Being holy does not mean being perfect but being whole; it does not mean being exceptionally religious  or being religious at all; it means being liberated from religiosity and religious pietism […]

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 […]