Church of the Sojourners is a live-together church community in the Mission District of San Francisco. Our vision is to be a church family of disciples.
We're a small, live-together church in the Anabaptist tradition.
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The whole quote is: “Love alone is credible; nothing else can be believed, and nothing else ought to be believed.”
We invite you to consider a year-long adventure in community living, discipleship, and service. We accept anyone 21 and above, single or married. In the face of so much isolation, fear, and division, we're trying to live together into the goodness of God's way. If you, or anyone you know might be interested, the deadline for applications is May 1st. Feel free to message with any questions.
Overview of an apprenticeship offered by an intentional Christian community. http://churchofthesojourners.org/apprenticeship/
[01/20/21] Our amazing Jenny Prosa has started posting pictures to our Instagram account. If you are on Instragram, we'd love to show off her pictures! https://www.instagram.com/p/CKPhTyRgDcl/
This is from our Advent Reading today in "The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World" by Brian Bantum.
Here at Church of the Sojourners, we read something together for Advent. This year we're reading Brian Bantum's The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World. In it, Brian writes about the incarnation and how it redeems our bodies. It is a helpful, beautifully written, timely book. If you have any interest in reading with us, check out the link below for a reading schedule. https://churchofthesojourners.org/adventread/
Thank God for seven radical elders who show us the way toward reconciliation, justice, and the beloved community. And thanks to Reba Place Fellowship for putting these stories into a book!
Reba Place Church
Great news! Three churches have joined with Reba Place Church to sponsor the Resolution For Justice in the U.S. Criminal Legal System to MennoCon21, the bi-annual Convention of Mennonite Church USA! Hooray for the joint efforts of Reba Place Church, Living Water Community Church (Chicago), Church of the Sojourners (San Francisco, CA) and Shalom Community Church (Ann Arbor, MI) to help put these issues of justice on the agenda of our faith group! The Resolution is now in the hands of the MC USA Executive Board and Resolution Committee, who will decide whether to advance it for the church delegates' consideration at MennoCon21 in July. #mennocon21 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1px666OLhsdAGNtUcFhfzaBU6zoz5F_AYP-5SCH7JSF4/edit?usp=sharing photo credit Logan Weaver on Unsplash
We're so proud of one of our members, Jenny Prosa, who through her artful photos helps us see the wonder of our neighborhood and city. https://churchofthesojourners.org/missiondistrict/
Our late pastor, John Alexander, was the first signer of The Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern in 1973 that, in the words of Wikipedia, called evangelicals to confess "the failure of evangelical Christianity to confront injustice, racism, and discrimination against women."
Perhaps it is worth dusting off! Here is the text:
"As evangelical Christians committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and the full authority of the Word of God, we affirm that God lays total claim upon the lives of his people. We cannot, therefore, separate our lives from the situation in which God has placed us in the United States and the world.
We confess that we have not acknowledged the complete claim of God on our lives.
We acknowledge that God requires love. But we have not demonstrated the love of God to those suffering social abuses.
We acknowledge that God requires justice. But we have not proclaimed or demonstrated his justice to an unjust American society. Although the Lord calls us to defend the social and economic rights of the poor and oppressed, we have mostly remained silent. We deplore the historic involvement of the church in America with racism and the conspicuous responsibility of the evangelical community for perpetuating the personal attitudes and institutional structures that have divided the body of Christ along color lines. Further, we have failed to condemn the exploitation of racism at home and abroad by our economic system.
We affirm that God abounds in mercy and that he forgives all who repent and turn from their sins. So we call our fellow evangelical Christians to demonstrate repentance in a Christian discipleship that confronts the social and political injustice of our nation.
We must attack the materialism of our culture and the maldistribution of the nation's wealth and services. We recognize that as a nation we play a crucial role in the imbalance and injustice of international trade and development. Before God and a billion hungry neighbors, we must rethink our values regarding our present standard of living and promote a more just acquisition and distribution of the world's resources.
We acknowledge our Christian responsibilities of citizenship. Therefore, we must challenge the misplaced trust of the nation in economic and military might - a proud trust that promotes a national pathology of war and violence which victimizes our neighbors at home and abroad. We must resist the temptation to make the nation and its institutions objects of near-religious loyalty.
We acknowledge that we have encouraged men to prideful domination and women to irresponsible passivity. So we call both men and women to mutual submission and active discipleship.
We proclaim no new gospel, but the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, frees people from sin so that they might praise God through works of righteousness.
By this declaration, we endorse no political ideology or party, but call our nation's leaders and people to that righteousness which exalts a nation.
We make this declaration in the biblical hope that Christ is coming to consummate the Kingdom and we accept his claim on our total discipleship until he comes.
November 25, 1973, Chicago, Illinois"
John F. Alexander
Ruth L. Bentley
James C. Cross
Warren C. Falcon
Theodore E. Gannon
Carl F. H. Henry
Paul B. Henry
Robert Tad Lehe
C. T. McIntire
David O. Moberg
F. Burton Nelson
John M. Perkins
Wyn Wright Potter
James Robert Ross
Ronald J. Sider
Marlin Van Elderen
Robert E. Webber
John Howard Yoder
Here at Sojourners, we realized that we need to stop being radical individualists so we went and formed our very own special church. Oops. So, we've hitched up. We are now Mennonites. Its been a long process, but they are weird and so are we, so we think we've found our people.
One of our members, Zoe Mullery, is featured in this article about how the virus is affecting San Quentin. https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Coronavirus-canceled-San-Quentin-prison-s-15432927.php
sfchronicle.com San Quentin is often held up as the state prison system’s model for volunteer-run rehabilitation programs. But those offerings came to an end as the coronavirus spread across the Bay Area, and volunteers and those formerly incarcerated at the prison are calling for services to be restored.
How hope demands anger.
for-the-life-of-the-world-yale-center-for-faith-culture.simplecast.com Guest contributor Willie Jennings (Yale) offers a response to the death of George Floyd and the black experience of racism and police brutality. In order to practice the discipline of hope, he suggests that we must take hold of a shared anger, hate what God hates, reshape communities with attention....
Some months ago we hosted a "Locked in Solidarity" event about this excellent film. Now you can watch it for free.
justmercyfilm.com Just Mercy - #JustMercy - Watch for Free
David Fitch's new book, the church of us vs. them: Freedom from a Faith That Feeds on Making Enemies, comes out today. Here is Tim Otto's review:
churchofthesojourners.org How many Americans would say the church is for them rather than against them? Why is the church better known for its hates rather than its loves? In David Fitch’s timely new book, the church of us vs. them: Freedom from a Faith That Feeds on Making
Friends, we're currently accepting applications for the yearlong experience we offer in church community (it starts in August). If you know of anyone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity.
Our local NPR radio station did a story on Zoe and the work she has done in California prisons for over 20 years.
kqed.org ArtsOct 26In This San Quentin Class, Inmates Write Their Way Into a Better FutureZoe Mullery's writing classes are transforming inmates' lives during and after incarceration.
Interested in intentional community? We're a church community of resistance that has been together for 30 years in the heart of San Francisco. We offer a one year experience in which apprentices live, serve, worship, pray, and study together.
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