Sanctuary for the Arts

Sometimes as one hopefully slogs along trying to do the right and good and necessary things, along comes a breakthrough, good news, a sign of being on the right track, or at least going in a good direction.

Just found out today that Sanctuary for the Arts has been awarded a seed grant as one of the 1001 New Worshiping Communities, a program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency!

Come to our second monthly worship service on April 6, at 5:30pm, at InterPlay, 23rd Street and Telegraph Ave in Oakland! We will move, and sing, tell stories, celebrate Communion, and in general embody our worship of God!

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Sanctuary for the Arts

So it is actually happening! A new church, I mean. In December I linked up with Amy Diane Shoemaker, and determined that partnership in this endeavor was a great idea. We held small group conversations in February, and then launched on Sunday, March 2, at InterPlayce in Oakland. Twenty of us had a great time moving, telling stories, singing, doing art, and in general having a wonderful non-churchy improvisational embodied worship service.

Our next gathering will be Sunday, April 6, 5:30pm, at InterPlayce, at the corner of 23rd and Telegraph.

In the meantime, we are putting on a mid-Lenten season renewal retreat for clergy!  So if you are a clergy-person and want to:

  • Harness renewed energy to carry you through Easter

  • Gather with fellow clergy to reconnect with sustaining breath

  • Recharge your body, mind, heart and spirit

  • Move, tell your story and explore the grace of God

 Then….Register by 5pm March 20 for $125! Includes a delicious lunch. (Regular Price: $250)

 Questions? email us! sanctuary4thearts@gmail.com
 All registration donations will support the development of Sanctuary for the Arts, a new worshipping community based in Oakland, CA.

UNCO13 West

Well, here I am at San Francisco Theological Seminary, scene of both my and my wife’s seminary education, enjoying my first sojourn at UNCO, a place of sharing ideas about doing church in our quickly changing world. Lots of creative, excited people sharing ideas with one another. This is the end of day 1, and we are sitting around sharing conversation and various refreshments. Glad I am here!