Remembering Shadow

Standing in the Truth

The Passion of John the Baptist

Remembering “Shadow”

Mark 6:17-29

Today’s opening Collect describes John the Baptist as a “martyr for truth and justice.”  Truth/Justice/Mercy-John the Baptist held up that conversion can be uncomfortable, to turn from self-centeredness, self-love, division, to love and care for each person is tough and scary, and to be be converted can also empower us to face even death itself. John was killed for that proclamation, and we still kill people for calling us to conversion.

Today I remember nineteen year old “Shadow” who was found stabbed to death, recently.  And as I remember Shadow, a young Mexican I have known since he was fifteen, I do not think of  the “whore” as he called himself or the drug dealer, but of my friend.

Last year night after night as I recovered from surgery “Shadow” sat with me, fed me, cleaned my room, wiped off my forehead, he was my bro, not just in name, but in practice. Shadow was closer to me than my own blood. He is a reminder to me that family is never by blood, but by love, and care.  He is a reminder that “In the storm tossed oceans of life–all we have is our undying loyalty to one another,” and of the reality:, “The streets transform every ordinary day into a series of quick questions and every incorrect answer risks a beat down, a shooting, or a pregnancy.”

Yesterday I carried his ashes up to the Marin Headlands, prayed the “Office of the Dead”, and scattered them into the ocean, overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. I then went to Gucchi, and using the money he gave me for a ring that I liked, but never would purchased, bought the ring, to wear in his memory.

“Shadow” has reminded me in these last days, that our artificial boundaries of belief, race, creed, color of skins, sexual orientation, are nothing– what matters is our ‘undying loyalty to one another.” Shadow‘s life is a reaffirmation of my call to show ”undying loyalty to others in the storm tossed waves of life.’

“Shadows” life was one lived in demonstrating the best of us, his “undying loyalty” to his friends, and I give thanks to God for that life, and for the life of John the Baptist who did the same.

We need no “I am sorry to hear of your friend’s death,” but simply an affirmation of life in showing “undying loyalty” to others without thought of race, creed, social status, religion, or nationality.


Bay Area Youth Led Climate Strike

Start: Friday, September 20, 2019•10:00 AM

Location:San Francisco Federal Building •90 7th Street, San Francisco , CA 94103

Host Contact Info:

+- (Adult allies are welcome)

At 10am, in San Francisco we call for a youth-led climate strike march, going to different targets that are contributing to climate breakdown, leaving our mark to let these places know what we are fighting for.

We will again start at the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and will connect targets in government, finance, and energy. For those that can’t join in person, we will be asking people to post on social media and tag our targets.

The following are our demands through the action week and why we are striking:

1.We demand a safe, healthy, and just planet.This climate crisis threatens our ability to live. If climate change continues on this course, we won’t be able to eat, breathe, or have safe shelter. In order to successfully fight the climate crisis we are facing, we must also fight the systems of white supremacy, racism, greed, and exploitation that have led us to it. Fighting for climate justice means fighting for a world that is safe, healthy, and just for all of its inhabitants. We must enact climate emergency plans at the local, national, and international level.

2. We demand justice and asylum for people displaced by climate change.Individuals and families displaced by climate change seek asylum in a safe place because they have nowhere else to go. Climate justice means abolishing ICE, closing concentration camps at the border, ending family separation, and creating inclusive new laws and regulations that treat everyone as human.

3. We demand policy based on science. We have eleven years before the effects of the climate emergency are irreversible. We can’t afford to compromise with climate change deniers. We must enact immediate legislation based on scientific analysis of carbon emissions and the ways that climate disasters impact certain communities. Science clearly shows that global temperatures are rising dangerously, and that we are on track to face unprecedented climate disasters. We demand a Green New Deal, a resolution that lays out a science-based plan to reach negative carbon emissions by 2030.

4. We demand that people, not corporations, influence politics.Representation and transparency are vital for successful democracies; corporate money must be taken out of politics. We demand all politicians sign the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.” We demand Citizens United must be overturned and super PAC’s be abolished. Corporate funding and donations from millionaires and billionaires must be replaced with public funding of elections in addition to small-dollar donations. To ensure that every vote counts, we must restore the Voting Rights Act, secure automatic registration for every citizen above 18, and re-enfranchise those convicted of felonies.

5. We demand equal rights for all.The government must be for the people, by the people; all policies and decisions made must be for the benefit of all. Black and trans lives matter; the Equality Act must be passed. The rights of Brown, Black, and Middle Eastern migrants must be respected. Women deserve full reproductive justice, and equity in the workplace. We demand universal background checks and Medicare for All in order to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone. We demand diversity and representation, and intersectionality must fuel the climate justice movement. Frontline communities must have a voice and leadership role, and we look to indigenous communities to lead the transition to a just and sustainable world.

6. We demand that humans protect the rights of nature.Just as humans have rights, nature has rights. Humans have a moral obligation to respect and protect plants, animals, and ecosystems. We demand that the rights of nature be legally represented. This includes legislation to provide sanctuary for endangered species, regulate hunting, and end deforestation, pollution, destructive fuel extraction, fracking, factory farming, and unsustainable agriculture. All life is interconnected, and we must live in harmony with the Earth.

7. We demand a just transition Countries and individuals that have contributed the most to climate change must be held accountable. We demand urgent climate action, including the GND, that protects vulnerable communities and create economic justice. Policies must respect workers’ rights ’to living wages and health care, young people’s rights to free, relevant education, and everyone’s right to affordable housing.

To quote Movement Generation:  Transition is inevitable. Justice is not. A just transition is the process of getting from where we are to where we need to be by transforming the systems of economy and governance. A just transition requires moving from a globalized capitalist industrial economy to linked local living participatory economies that provide well-being for all.

For more information about the actions you can do through the week please visit our website:


Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



We are in need of money for socks and food, our need for socks has increased three fold in the last year, and the Food bank is low on food, so we are having to purchase food at super markets. So please consider to give. Your donations are tax deductible. Give through mailing to P.O. Box 642656 or through Pay pal, which you can find on All checks to be tax deductible must be made to Temenos Catholic Worker. Thank you!



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