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.
We believe following Jesus and his message is about living in love, with compassion, and grace. Jesus and his message are counter-cultural and subversive and so are we. We’re not looking to get an A from God for giving the “right” answer about this or that theological belief. Rather, we aim to reflect God’s love for us in our daily lives. As our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said at the Royal Wedding in 2018, we:
“Imagine a world where love is the way. Imagine our homes and families, neighborhoods and communities, governments and nations, business and commerce where love is the way….When love is the way then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like a ever-flowing brook, poverty will become history, the earth will be a sanctuary, we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty good room for all of God’s children.”
Or as Bishop Michael said before leading a procession to the White House a week later: “Love the neighbor you like, and the neighbor you don’t like. Love the neighbor you agree with, and the neighbor you don’t agree with. Love your Democrat neighbor, your Republican neighbor. Your black neighbor, your white neighbor. Your Anglo neighbor, your Latino, your LGBTQ neighbor, love your neighbor. That’s why we’re here.” He walked to oppose “a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership” in churches and government. More about the Reclaiming Jesus movement here.
We are a diverse and welcoming spiritual community in a changing city and neighborhood. We welcome LTGBTQA people, their spouses, family, friends, and allies. Oasis California, the LGBTQ ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California, is based here.
We who are many become one people by sharing one cup and one bread during worship. Mixing authentic and ancient tradition with progressive theology and soulful music, we create a community of hope and love in 21st century San Francisco. Join us for a free community dinner, to view new art by neighborhood artists, or try out a diverse spiritual community. As a spiritual community, we who are many become one by sharing one bread and one cup during services Sunday and Wednesday. We offer personal healing prayers and the ancient rite of anointing with holy oil at both services.
Our worship combines progressive preaching with soulful music that draws on our heritage as a landmark church for San Francisco’s African American Episcopalians. Each Sunday, some of our songs reflect this heritage. More contemporary hymns mix with old Episcopal favorites during the rest of this service. One a month Stephen Prutsman plays a piano jazz mass here at Cyprian’s. Stephen has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer, and conductor, he continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages.
We run Cyprian’s Center is a non-denominational program space for our neighborhood. Working with community praters we host the SF Live Arts concert series, classes on mindful meditation, as well as AA group and Al-Anon groups. Works by community artists grace the walls of our Sanctuary Gallery. We collaborate with the Community Garden Outreach Class at the University of San Francisco to present a free monthly neighborhood dinner when schools are in session. Working with Episcopal Senior Communities we also present a monthly free lunch for our elders. We offer a free Mindfulness Meditation session each Tuesday at 7 p.m. Our Community Room is regularly used for after school and summer camp programs for The Village Project to serve young people from the Western Addition. Join us for a free community dinner, to view new art by neighborhood artists, or try out diverse spiritual activities.