Participating in San Francisco’s annual Pride Festival is an important part of our life here at St. Cyprian’s. This year we’re combining a series of special services and events with an
opportunity to march as part of the United in Faith contingent in San Franciso’s amazing Pride Parade. Oasis California, the LGBTQ ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California, has offices here and our Vicar continues to serve as their coordinator. Oasis California can help you find an Episcopal Church where you will feel at home, meet other LGBT Episcopalians, and help our church minister to LGBT folks.
We’re celebrating Pride Month with a special Equality & Justice Pride Mass Sunday, June 17 at 10 a.m. Oasis California President Rev. Tom Jackson, preacher. Deacon Diana Wheeler to share her thoughts on allyship and Sister Mary Timothy Simplicity, SPI, will reflect on why allies in the church are important to the queer community. This special service is co-sponsored by St. Cyprian’s and Oasis California, the LGBTQ Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Our time together will include special prayers, talks, and of course after the service cake.
Deacon Diana Wheeler is known for her work with the Imperial Court and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence along with here street ministry. The Imperial Council of San Francisco, Inc. a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Public Benefit Corporation in the State of California that hosts and participates in a variety of entertainment and educational events, and activities to raise monies, which support the causes of other diverse community-based charitable organizations that do not discriminate based upon race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. The Sisters believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency, and guilt that chain the human spirit.
She has served with the San Francisco Night Ministry, which for the past 54 years has often referred to as the Church’s “Night Shift.” Each year they are engaged in over 21,000 significant conversations and serve over 9,500 meals. They provide compassionate, non-judgmental pastoral care, care of the soul, counseling, referrals, and crisis intervention to anyone in any kind of distress, every night of the year between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Here’s what’s planned for this year.