Peniel September 2015

September Newsletter
Lent, 2007;
Temenos
CATHOLIC WORKER
PENIEL
“Where Jacob Wrestled with God” Father River Damien Sims M.Div., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656,
San Francisco, CA 94164

Telephone: 415-305-2124

E-Mail:punkpriest1@gmail.com
Website: http://www.temenos.org.

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JOURNAL OF AN ALIEN STREET PRIEST
On October 10, 2015, at 6 p.m., Sr. Helen Prejean will be speaking at the Philip Workman Interfaith Service. Sr. Helen is renowned for her writing, and her advocacy against the death penalty. What is often overlooked is that Sr. Helen is always working as a pastor with a number of death row inmates. She walks with them on their journeys to death; she is their pastor. Her webpage is: http://www.sisterhelen.org where you can read of her journey.
Sr. Helen’s challenge to us is to see beyond the glamour of her role and to follow her in working against the death penalty-to get our hands dirty. That means speaking out in a loud voice through letters to our Governor, President, State and Congressional Representatives to eliminate the death penalty. We have been told that when one of our political leaders receives fifty letters or emails they pay attention—write one a week, hound them with your letters and emails. It means marching, demonstrating, and being visible advocates..
There are three reasons we are personally against the death penalty:
First, the law of the Old Testament read in light of the Gospel is expressed by Jesus on the eve of his own execution: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35). Love does not mean you have to like someone, it means you respect their humanity even if they do not respect yours, and let God work in their lives.
Secondly, we should meet “each crime with justice; but each life mercy.” Each of us is made in God’ image, and we can grow and change. Personally, we have seen lives change in prison; we have seen people suffer far more than if they were put to death through living with the pain and punishment. One young man I know in Minnesota , struggling with his sexuality, murdered another man he was sleeping with. He was 18, and in the 20 years he has been in prison, Jack has grown as a human being, he has helped a lot of young men struggling with their sexuality, and he suffers much from his act. We are not God, we do not have the right to decide life or death, for when we do, we become “gods”, taking the authority of God, and we destroy our own humanity.
Finally our judicial system is imperfect and it mistakenly kills innocent people, and we cannot change humanities imperfection—and one life wrongly taken is one life too many.
We find our own humanness in our respect for life. “Each crime should be met with justice, but each life with mercy. “ Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 PHILIP WORKMAN INTERFAITH EVENT with Sister Helen Prejean

3:00 p.m. Service and Giving out of Pizza at Haight and Stanyan

6:00 p.m. Philip Workman Interfaith Service of Worship “Against the Death Penalty” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

7:30 P.M. Reception and Book Signing

$100.00 Suggested Donation at door. It includes book Dead Man Walking, signed by Sr. Helen

Light Hors D ’Oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served

http://www.philipworkman.org
WE ARE BEGGARS

We asked your help in providing food, harm reduction supplies, pastoral care, and socks to nearly 1500 people each month. We live simply, we beg, and we trust in your God!
You may send a checks to:
Temenos Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 9416

Or make donations through PayPal on http://www.temenos.org

If you would like to donate to the Helen Prejean Event or would like an autographed book than designate on your check. All gifts are tax deductible.

PRAYER VIGIL

Join Us On Wednesday at Noon

At

Earl Warren Court House

McAllister and Polk (350 McAllister)
For
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Prayer Vigil

Peacefully

Witnessing Against the Death Penalty
HOMELESS LIVES MATTER

BEGINNING THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24 AND THURSDAYS FOLLOWING:

NOON-1:00 P.M.
WALK A TIME OF PRAYER IN FRONT OF CITY HALL TO REMIND OUR CIVIC LEADERS THAT HOMELESS LIVES MATTER!
STERLING SILVER INTERFAITH PENDANT

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS

Price is $60.00

Contact Fr. River at punkpriest1@gmail.com

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