Peniel–September 2016


PENIEL: “Where Jacob Wrestled With God and Survived..”


P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Fr. River Sims, Director



September signals the beginning of the change in seasons in most places; here in San Francisco we begin to have our warm weather, and so our Indian Summer is the beginning of our Fall.  People move from the informality of summer to  the formality of a busier life.

The election season is in full swing with its rancor, and the political advertisements reflect that rancor in all of our social media as well as the conversations that occur.

On the street, the poorest of the poor are far removed from the business of life and the political rancor.  People are struggling for survival. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote in Katrina: Reaching Out, Renewal and Recovery in Faith and Solidarity: “Responding to this catastrophe should open our eyes and hearts to other human calamities which haunt our world.  When observers say in amazement, ‘It looks like a Third World country,’ they are saying something profound not only about New Orleans, but also something important about how most of the world lives.”

In an article about the presidential campaign, recently, one writer commented that the very poor are left out of the argument, and that the United States has one of the highest poverty rates among developed countries.  People are starving on our streets, they are suffering from lack of health care, from no place to sleep, from mental illness. Beneath the glitter there is much pain and suffering. 

One columnist in Oakland fears that their increase in homeless has gotten beyond the ability of the city to eliminate the problem; in San Francisco they are talking about increasing their homeless solution from ten years to twenty-five years.

All this leaves our heads ringing, and we want to throw up our hands.  For me, personally, all I can do is feed people, give them some socks, talk to them individually, love them for who they are, and have the hope that if all of us would do the same we would see health care provided, and people given homes and provided with food and clothing. For deep within me is the hope that, when we start giving of ourselves to others, a transformation takes place, and it transforms all of society around us. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Temenos Catholic Worker Presents author
Scott Brown:



St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street

San Francisco, CA 04109

September 6, 2016

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

In Active Peace, peacemaker and psychologist Scott Brown answers the big question: “Why do we do so much violence to ourselves, to others and to the Earth?”  He identifies his belief in separateness as the root  cause and skillfully weaves together the essentials needed to move beyond separateness into the lived experience of interrelatedness. Active peace is a guide to the great work of our time–the creation of a nonviolent world.




Friday, October 7, 2016


Haight and Stanyan

Service of the Eucharist

followed by

 a meal  of vegan stew

to all present

Remembering Philip Workman, who was executed by the State of Tennessee in May of 2007, and who gave his last vegetarian meal to the homeless.

Following the Service we will ask that volunteers distribute flyers supporting the “Yes on 62” Campaign– the measure to end the death penalty.

Vigils are Every Wednesday and Leafleting Every Friday

Vigil Planned for State Capitol on October 31, 2016

for more information contact or phone 415-710-8709



Someone recently asked us “How do you live on donations, with everyone is asking for donations?” The truth is that we do not know, but for twenty-two years, through the generosity of others, we have provided food, socks, pastoral care, and harm-reduction supplies to so many people that we have lost count.  All we can say is that we are thankful for your continuing to care, with all the of the requests coming your way, and want you to know that your gifts have given hope and joy to so many.  Please continue to support us at:

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA. 94164

or at www.  on PayPal

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