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Building community on our spiritual journey through 21st century San Francisco
We are a progressive and welcoming spiritual community in a changing city and neighborhood. We weave authentic Christian practices together with ancient spiritual practices and progressive theology to explore what it means to be a Christian in today’s San Francisco. We gather on Sundays and Wednesdays to use authentic Christian spiritual practices, helping to heal ourselves and the world around us. For a quick summary of coming services and events, please see our Facebook events page and the Cyprian’s Center’s Facebook events page. For more about our spiritual life please see our About Us page. We believe it is time to Reclaim Jesus by living the radical and inclusive life Jesus calls us to lead. Here’s our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on how we are working as a national chjurch to reclaim Jesus from theose who hold hiim captive on the far right:
We are a community that welcomes people of all colors, orientations, and backgrounds. Our spiritual path is to create a sense of community by doing things together. Our Sunday and Wednesday worship services weave together authentic spiritual practices dating from the earliest days of Christianity. progressive preaching, thoughtful spiritual practices, and music help us bring people together into a community.
- Progressive Christian preaching, authentic spiritual practices, welcoming community, soulful music, & healing grace: Our 10 a.m. Sunday service draws on authentic traditions of the Christian Church as well as our congregation’s heritage of living as a community where everyone matters.
- Jazz Mass/Gospel Music Sundays: Once a month we celebrate our Piano Jazz Mass at our Sunday 10 a.m. service.
- Healing Prayers & Anointing: We offer healing prayers and anointing every Sunday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Following our Wednesday Healing Mass, we either share a free light lunch or join in the free Senior Luncheon presented here on Fourth Wednesdays by this church and Episcopal Senior Communities.
- For Children & Families: We offer Sunday School during our 10 a.m. Sunday service! Children may go downstairs for class and crafts as we start to read our first lesson and rerun when we are ready to celebrate communion. All are welcome at the altar to receive communion or a blessing. Sunday School runs from the second Sunday of September through the end of the school year.
The Cyprian’s Center
The Cyprian’s Center is our non-sectarian (not at all religious) program that opens our building to community groups. Some use our space for as the neighborhood concert hall, for group meetings, cooking classes, community dinners. improv groups. Groups or individuals interested in renting space here can find rental information here. Here are some of our community partners who share out building through Cyrpian’s Center:
The Rev. Tom Jackson is the Vicar of St. Cyprian’s. He began here as Interim Vicar in October 2013 and was appointed as our Vicar – or pastor – in 2017. Since 2008 he has served as the Episcopal Chaplain for Stanford Hospital. You can find some of his recent sermons here. He also leads Oasis California, the LGBTQ ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Before ordination, Vicar Tom worked first as a newspaper reporter, then as an advocate for ocean conservation, environmentalist, and public relations professional. Back in Connecticut, he helped found The New Haven Land Trust and the New Haven Gay & Lesbian Community Center. More on our Vicar here. We call him Vicar, Vicar Tom, Fr. Tom, or pastor depending on our mood. To meet with our Vicar Tom, please call him at 415.567.1855 or send him an email.
We are a landmark congregation for San Francisco’s African American Episcopalians that has changed to reflect changes in our neighborhood. In 1960 our members built and opened this sacred space. They paid off the mortgage through pledges and BBQ dinners and rummage sales and community dinners. Today as we stand on their shoulders, as we offer you a Christian community where all are welcome, where everyone can find their place, where diversity of race and orientation are part of who we are.