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With Death Closing In

December 10, 2019

With Death Closing In!

My friend Jerry Bolick writes:

With death closing in, the man on the screen asks aloud of himself, what he’s done with his life, and all the others, all aging on and beyond the screen, pause.

Jerry raises the question we all ask: “what’s he done with his life?’

I reminiscence  through the fog of the years to the night around a campfire when a  twelve year old felt his heart strangely warmed, that set his heart on fire for ministry, a kid who stuttered, with a learning disability, barely making a C in school, shy, the son of a grocer, and hear the words of Amos:

“I never set up to be a preacher, never had plans to be a preacher. I raised cattle and I pruned trees. Then God took me off the farm and said, ‘Go preach to my people Israel.’

This kid battled with all his might with the support of his parents through speech therapy, tutors, and being told it was impossible to four degrees and to ordination. Nothing stood in his way–a church who rejected him because of his  struggles with sexuality, bishops who feared his independence, years of ministry on the street being told ‘you will never last,’  and as he sees the end, the question is asked: ‘what’s he done with his life?’

The answer came in a snap chat, at one  a.m. one night some time ago, from a young man:  “Are you home?” He was in town for a “rave”, and said he needed to talk.  Well dressed, well taken care of. He looked familiar, and in listening found out he attends a private school, and we had met at one time or another through one of his friends who says “you will be a real friend.” He had told his mom he was working on a homeless project and would be spending the night. A brazen kid!  The young guy talked of his pain for several hours, and then jumped happily on the top bunk  going to sleep.

Nedine Manyemba, an Ecumenical Assistant at the Zimbabwe Council of Churches, writes: “God’s grace is tolerant and patient. God’s grace gives solace and comfort to all believers and bears them up in the midst of distress. God’s grace does not mark what we do amiss. If we seek to share this grace, we must be ready to comfort those who are cast down and to support those who are oppressed.”

“With death closing in, the man on the screen asks aloud of himself, what’s he’s done with his life, and all the others, all aging on and beyond the screen pause.”

And we leave it in the hands of the Incarnate God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Wrapping Presents at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay Street, Come join us! 1:00 p.m.-to 5:00 p.m. or

Living With Hope in the Wilderness

December 9, 2019

Living with Hope in the Wilderness

On this 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are reminded that we are a people that live in the light of Christ. We are called to live rejoicing with the deep knowledge that despite the harshness, the cruelty and coldness that we experience in our world, Christ, the Son of Justice, has conquered all sin, oppression and even death itself. We are reminded that Christ who has come, continues to incarnate God’s love in and through each one of us and throughout all of creation.

It’s not easy to live in hope and rejoicing when we are so deeply immersed in the current reality of divisiveness. Hope dims in the viciousness of racism with its underlying and fundamental desire to dehumanize the other, people who are created in the image of God. Hope dims in the callous and self-serving attitudes that prefer to be blind to the presence of God’s divine beauty within and throughout all of creation, so that, individually and corporately, we continue to indulge in our consumption and abuse of the earth and its resources.

In ancient times, the prophet Isaiah spoke of creation not simply as incidental or inanimate matter. He foretold of God’s promise that, “The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.”

James, writing to the Jewish Christian community in Jerusalem, called the people to be patient. This resounds with the Advent theme of waiting and patience, however, let us remember that James was writing to people who were excluded and barred from worship in their synagogues and so perhaps also cut off from their families, friends and community, simply because of their following Christ. In this light, the call of James was a message of hope and encouragement in a dark and troubling time for these early Christians.

And so clearly in the gospel, Jesus in his message to John the Baptist, reveals himself as the promised one. “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.”

Woven throughout our readings this Advent Sunday are the values, the hope and the guiding principles of our Catholic Social Teaching. Let us continue to be the light of Christ as we uphold all of life and the dignity of every human person, as we promote the integrity of families and communities with the invitation and welcome for all, and as we continue to grow in our care for God’s creation with a deepening awareness that all life, all people are integrally connected.

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis made the following appeal: “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.” May our Advent prayer, our service and advocacy bring the healing presence of Christ to birth in our world crying out for justice and peace.

Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF
FAN Board Member
Collect Prayer:

O God, who see how your people
faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity,
enable us, we pray,
to attain the joys of so great a salvation
and to celebrate them always
with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


In our second month as a student pastor, we brought a youth group from our  college church to our hometown, to spend a week in the “projects”. We had been in and out of the segregated black community  for years delivering groceries and our house keepers lived there. But we lived in an affluent neighborhood, and so the shock set in, and began a conversion experience that continues to this day.

We fought to end poverty, and we have come to realize that “the poor have been with us always,” and our call is to be a listener, to walk with individuals, and in listening, see their lives transformed into a new ways of living, and to heed the words of Elizabeth Gilbert when she says: “You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”

And so that is our approach to ministry, and to life. This Christmas we ask you to join with us in being “listeners” in several ways:

First: If would like to give, please give financially. We have our gifts bought, and need to refill our treasury, and secondly to bring in other gifts result in difficulties at the church. We spent three hours last week cleaning out the basement.  St. Anthony’s, The Salvation Army, The Gubbio Project are three programs that will take clothing.  We are giving out stocking hats, and socks. Simple, and also items that we can carry.

Second, and the most important thing you can do is to pray for us during this Advent Season.

We also will not be taking any one out with us in giving gifts, it simply is our time to listen, and simply to be present with people we encounter.

We snap chat, talk in person, and text with adolescents and older all day long, listening, and so pray for us.
“Prayer requires that we stand in God’s presence with open hands, naked and vulnerable, proclaiming to ourselves and to others that without God we can do nothing. This is difficult in a climate where the predominant counsel is “Do your best and God will do the rest.” When life is divided into “our best” and “God’s rest,” we have turned prayer into a last resort to be used only when all our resources are depleted. Then even the Lord has become the victim of our impatience. Discipleship does not mean to use God when we can no longer function ourselves. On the contrary, it means to recognize that we can do nothing at all, but that God can do everything through us. As disciples, we find not some but all of our strength, hope, courage, and confidence in God. Therefore, prayer must be our first concern.” Fr. Henri Nouwen

Allow God to do something through you today.  

It might be an act of charity for someone in need, a visit to someone who is lonely. Or it might be a willingness to forgive an injury or to accept forgiveness. It might even be something God wants you to do for yourself, like accept the rest God is offering to you. 

Whatever God accomplishes through you, give heartfelt thanks.

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

P.O.Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Being Different

December 8, 2019

Being Different

Matthew 3:1-12

    Nearly nine years ago, the Reverend Dana Corsello phoned  early one Sunday morning insisting I  attemd church, really insisting. Her sermon was on John the Baptist, and she compared me to him, very passionately. This sermon came at a time when I believe there were parishioners who did not want some strange, tattooed, guy who hung out with youth around–he was different. 

    Dana stood flatly by her invitation , to use the kitchen. I cried, for no minister in all of my years had ever stood by me in such a way. Most would cowardly walk away if there was opposition.

    People often wondered why I basically worshiped the ground Dana walked on, and that was why. She stood by me, and she continued to stand by me during her remaining  tenure, she trusted me, and I her.

    The past few days I have been ill, and my doctor warns me as she always does, I could get new pneumonia and die,  because my immune system is compromised from malaria, and so I jokingly tell her my “bags are packed,” and even though I do not admit it, I have much fear.

    I have two snap chats from two friends, who are 17 in Marin, wanting me to come out or pick up something for them, and I have not opened them, there are fifty or so snap chats from other youth on the street, and again I have been so depressed I could not open them. They all will have requests for something, and  we find our self drained, and wonder if that is all we are good for to meet the needs of others. The reality is I love the two in Marin as brothers, and the kids on the street.

    This morning a person I have known for a couple of years, who is vegetarian, approached  me at the Holiday Inn as I was eating, and said: “You always dress like a kid, and I thought you were vegan, you are eating meat, what kind of an example is this?” I did not say what crossed my mind, but smiled, and thanked her for her “kind and considerate” observation. I realize as I am told so often, that like the lectionary from Isaiah this morning I am ‘a child’, Praise God!

    We are all different, and when we see that, all of our lives will be so much better. The saying that headlines this blog describes how my thoughts of the best way to see life.

    I am really depressed, but I always work out my depression on the street, and in caring for my kids, and in the middle of being told how different I am, wondering if all I am good for is what I do for others, the words of Fr. Henri Nouwen ring out loud and clear, and I remember on his last night he said good bye to his family and went to bed, and suffered a fatal heart attack, and so in knowing  neither the day nor the hour  will live out  life to its fullest, join being in being “different”, :

“Joys are hidden in sorrows! I know this from my own times of depression. I know it from living with people with mental handicaps. I know it from looking into the eyes of patients, and from being with the poorest of the poor. We keep forgetting this truth and become overwhelmed by our own darkness. We easily lose sight of our joys and speak of our sorrows as the only reality there is.

We need to remind each other that the cup of sorrow is also the cup of joy, that precisely what causes us sadness can become the fertile ground for gladness. Indeed, we need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Being Lead Deeper By A Child

December 8, 2019


Being Lead Deeper By a Child

Advent II

“The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.”

One of my favorite movies is the Groundhog Day” . Beyond the humor of Bill Murray we read of a man’s journey who is forced to relive the same moments of his life for eight years, and in each year he becomes more childlike, more real.

I actually spend more time with youth than I do with adults. People ask: “What changes do you see?”, “Do you see them change for the better?” LOL! The truth is I become more childlike because in living in their world, my world,  I have learned:

1. To trust.  Children  teach trust..We humans as we grow up become questioning and suspicious of others, but children, trust.  I trust  my younger friends more than my adult friends, because they take me for me, with all of my spots, and scars.

2. To be bluntly honest. Children are blunt, to the point, and straight up. They do not bull sh. .t.

3. To forgive and forget. Young people forgive and forget.

4. To not value money, but the person.

To be childlike means simply to love people as we meet them, to show trust and respect, and to be present to each other.

And finally youth  have a remarkable joy as described by Fr.Henri Nouwen:

“The period before Christmas has that remarkable quality of joy that seems to touch not only Christians but all who live in our society….

But Advent is not only a period of joy. It is also a time when those who are lonely feel lonelier than during other periods of the year. During this time many people try to commit suicide or are hospitalized with severe depression. Those who have hope feel much joy and desire to give. Those who have no hope feel more depressed than ever and are often thrown back on their lonely selves in despair.

When a person is surrounded by a loving, supportive community, Advent and Christmas seem pure joy. But let me not forget my lonely moments because it does not take much to make that loneliness reappear. . . . When Jesus was loneliest, he gave most. That realization should help to deepen my commitment to service and let my desire to give become independent of my actual experience of joy. Only a deepening of my life in Christ will make that possible.

The period before Christmas has that remarkable quality of joy that seems to touch not only Christians but all who live in our society….

But Advent is not only a period of joy. It is also a time when those who are lonely feel lonelier than during other periods of the year. During this time many people try to commit suicide or are hospitalized with severe depression. Those who have hope feel much joy and desire to give. Those who have no hope feel more depressed than ever and are often thrown back on their lonely selves in despair.

When a person is surrounded by a loving, supportive community, Advent and Christmas seem pure joy. But let me not forget my lonely moments because it does not take much to make that loneliness reappear. . . . When Jesus was loneliest, he gave most. That realization should help to deepen my commitment to service and let my desire to give become independent of my actual experience of joy. Only a deepening of my life in Christ will make that possible.”Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



Exercise Hope

December 7, 2019

Exercise Hope

Yesterday the day was spent with  three friends taking their new puppy to the vet, getting his shots, picking up supplies because their mom works; today I spent the afternoon hanging in the Haight, talking, giving out socks, and food. Which is my “job”?

Neither–for all of life flows into caring for people. I have been in ministry the majority of my life, and have never seen it as a “job”, or a “role”, but as a part of my DNA–the DNA that believes in hope.

V.H. Wright describes Advent as a season to give our faith a work out, and an exercise in hope–and in doing so we  accept the gift described by  Fr. Richard Rhor: It’s a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our on smallness and ordinariness. Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protect.” So listen to Wright’s words and exercise hope:

“We have a season in which to give our faith a workout, in which to exercise our hope muscles. Some years make that exercise more difficult than others. But it’s Advent now, and, as people of faith, we are called upon to exercise our hope.

If hope isn’t created for times such as these—when countries are divided, when civil war annihilates whole communities and sends refugees fleeing, when hungry children are ignored because their interests are of no interest to powerful entities, when human beings are trafficked by the thousands to be used for sex or cheap labor, when industry and wealth win over the health of the planet and all its creatures and the global community—if hope isn’t created for times such as these, then why have hope at all?

So let’s try Advent once again. Let’s practice a hopeful way of being in the world”.

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


We All Need Help!

December 4, 2019


We All Need Help!


“When we as Christians pray for Jesus to come again soon, we are admitting a truth that flies in the face of our cultural dependence on self-reliance. When it comes down to it, none of us are ‘self-made’ people. We did not choose to come into the world on our own. We did not choose our families of origin, our ethnicity, or our sexuality. While we were born with intelligence and with the capacity for learning, we did not arrive fully assembled nor did we come with instructions. The only instinct we had in the beginning, once our lungs were clear, was to cry out for help as loudly as we could.”

-Br. Jim Woodrum

We all cry for help, from the moment we are born. We cry for help in our constant grabbing for money, and material goods. Cyber Monday, Tuesday etc are all about each of us seeking help–help to fulfill our needs.

In our lectionary reading today Jesus feels the pain of that cry for help “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd.” He models for us the example of our calling to love and care for people, and in so doing, we too find help. Help comes from helping one another.

Jesus did not retreat from their suffering. The Greek word “splanchnizomai” describes how Jesus was moved to the inner depths of his soul when he encountered people who needed help. He did not retreat from their suffering but immersed himself in it, offering them empathy and compassion. Instead of giving himself an anesthetic he took risks, he touched, healed, and listened.

And that “ain’t easy”, to enter into the lives of people and to let them  enter into our lives. It   is painful, it can tear us a part, but in becoming more ragged we find healing, and meaning.

How does one move out of one’s tribe into the lives of people who are different from us–we just do it, and we listen, simply listen, and each of us will find healing. Be a listener! Be a healer!  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



Peniel–December, 2019

December 4, 2019




“Where Jacob walked with God”

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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

December, 2019


Journal of An Alien Street Priest

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was light, and this light was the light of humanity. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” John 1:1-5.

St. Francis of Assisi created the first live manager scene, as a symbol that theologically he saw the Nativity as the most important day of the church year. For at Christmas the Almighty God enters into our humanity in the form of a child, God becomes one of us, and in so doing God affirms us as his beloved.

This Advent we hear the words of Fr. Henri Nouwen as an invitation to self-examination  in light of the coming of God, through Jesus into our lives:

“People who have come to know the joy of God do not deny the darkness, but they choose not to live in it. They claim that the light that shines in the darkness can be trusted more than the darkness itself and that a little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness. They point each other to flashes of light here and there, and remind each other that they reveal the hidden but real presence of God. They discover that there are people who heal each other’s wounds, forgive each other’s offenses, share their possessions, foster the spirit of community, celebrate the gifts they have received, and live in constant anticipation of the full manifestation of God’s glory.” Fr. Henri Nouwen Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

May You have A Blessed Advent!

A Very Merry Spirit Filled Christmas!

And A Happy Fun Filled New Year!

May the Lord bless you and keep you;

May the Lord lift his countenance upon you;

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and grant you peace now and forevermore!


Christmas Gift Wrapping

We have nearly four hundred Christmas gifts to wrap this year. And would like to invite any one would like to have some fun  to join us on the following days at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay Street, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

December 9

December 16

We would like to request that any gifts you would like to donate be sweat shirts of extra large size. It would also be very helpful if they are gift wrapped as well. They may be dropped off at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 1755 Clay Street, or call me and we will arrange for you to drop them off and we can have coffee together. Fr. River

Refreshments will be provided.


Christmas Eve Holy Communion-Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Golden Gate Park, Corner of Haight and Stanyon

8:00 p.m.

Followed by Snacks and Distribution of Gifts


We Are Beggars!

We are beggars! We beg for your support to provide 1200 pairs of socks, food, pastoral care,  and  Sacramental ministry upon request, and harm reduction to those on the street, primarily youth–but to all. Remember as we come to year’s end that your gifts are tax deductible.

You may send donations to:

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

or pay pal on

All donations are tax deductible,but must be made out to Temenos Catholic Worker.

If you would like a year end summary for tax purposes please email, snail mail or call.





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Be Kind!

December 1, 2019



Matthew 24:36-44

“The Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” Advent reminds us that accountability (this is what the second coming represents) will be unexpected. It might be the cosmic intervention or it might just be the passing from this life into the next. Either way, the point is simple: Life is precious and short. Are we using the gift of time well? We should treat every second as an opportunity to grow, to forgive, to support someone in need, and to love.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, PhD, is the Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary.

People view our Scripture  as a foretelling of the “second coming” of Christ in the far off future– but each of us are simply a minute away, for when death comes, so does the second coming in our lives. The moment we breathe our last–we face Jesus.

To think of our death as that which can happen unexpected, opens us to living life in fullness and wholeness.

When I was a young pastor, on a chilly, rainy night, much has it is now in San Francisco, my brother and I were in the country coming home  from one of my rural churches. The car slipped on the road, and Stacy was killed instantly, and my life changed forever, probably the darkest time in my life, for I lost the last person who loved me without condition. 

A pastor friend said to me: ‘You will be looking at your life, and as you do, you will either choose to live it in a wild way,  never taking it for granted and , seeing each moment as precious, or you will withdraw and become an old man, never taking chances.”

I chose to live my life in ” a wild way,” and that choice has enabled me to survive in the ups and downs of  life because I know that life is a gift.

Today is World AIDS’s Day. I came Los Angles as a prostitute, and than to San Francisco in the heart of the epidemic–the fear, the total overwhelming pain and dread that overshadowed every relationship, is something I can not even describe. I lost over three hundred of my young kids on the streets to AIDS, and have many now who are HIV positive,  most whose parents would not even talk to me, but sent word, “You deal with him,” and today in our minority populations AIDS is still a death giver. I saw and still see the second coming in the lives of people suffering with the disease.

 From  my brother’s death  and the AID’S epidemic, I learned the most important element of mental health is  to “Be Kind!”  Judgment of others went out the door in the moments of his death, and experiencing the epidemic.

Through my years of education in mental health and pastoral care I have found the key to good mental health is to ‘Be Kind!’ to love as if it is it is the last thing we have to do in the world.

I loved the denomination that kicked me on the streets, I loved the man who killed my son, and I love the people who threaten my life, the ones who have tried to kill me, those who try now and those who  try to pull me down. In loving, not giving into hate–we have the victory, we have the fullness of life. We have freedom to squeeze every drop out of each moment of life. We are free!

Love–seeing the pain of others, experiencing that pain and showing care without judgment–  allows us to be free–free to live until we die, be it in the minute or in the years. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

The Duty of Delight

November 29, 2019

The Duty of Delight

Servant of God Dorothy Day

1 Peter 3:13-4:6 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered[a] once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which[b] he went and proclaimed[c] to the spirits in prison, 20 because[d] they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Yesterday was a day of confrontation for me personally. I am a white privileged male, given the best education in the world, without struggle, and  from a good family. Personally my decisions have put me in situations where death should have come, and where I should be on the street, in a shelter or sleeping in an alley.

Yesterday, I came face to face with a woman who lived on a boat on the shores of Sausilito, no running water, no electricity, for years. She has come near t death with AIDS. The story of her life is one of being brutally molested by her step father from the age of six; beaten and forced to live in filth by her boyfriend. She is now in treatment, struggling, oh how she is struggling to live and have a fulfilling life.

We served a meal at one of the shelters last night, to mostly men of minority, all told stories of abuse, and being beaten down, two of sexual molestation when they were young. None have much hope of ever getting off the streets. We gave them an awesome meal of turkey and dressing, slaw and dessert, and one told me when they leave at 6 a.m.  they are grateful for the one  small box of cereal and small carton of milk he would receive for breakfast–this in the wealthiest City in the country.

The pain in my body suddenly went away. For the pain those guys feel  are a hundred times more than I ever will. 

Dorothy Day said: “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us.”

She said that nearly a hundred years ago. What change that will occur does not begin with our government, with our institutional churches, but from our own hearts. We have to become on fire with the Holy Spirit, to face the poverty, the violence, and the vast suffering within us and within our society, and begin a revolution.

Dorothy practiced what she called the “Duty of Delight”, which for her meant that she saw beauty in each person, in our environment, and most of all in God, trusting that all will be well. People ask me why I do not burn out, it is because  in Christ, a new creation has been born and in me a new creation is born every day, one in which each of us will find wholeness, and in working out “my salvation”,on these streets which “transform every ordinary day into a series of quick questions and every incorrect answer risks a beat down, shooting or unwanted pregnancy, ”   I see the Risen Christ; it is because I live my life on the edge, laughing, taking chances, and rejoicing in relationships. I have had three death threats during this time–call the police–No-I laugh at them, trusting in God. I am a white privileged male, trying with all my heart to “work out my salvation,” and I invite others to find the “duty of delight,” and to bring about a “revolution of the heart,” so that we will have no more suffering on our streets. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!”

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



You Are Invited to the Feast!

November 28, 2019

You Are Invited to the Feast

John 6:25-35

    Our friend Stephanie Salter, retired columnist, texted  this morning, “We are fu.ked without gratitude.” And in that comment carries the whole meaning of present day Thanksgiving–a day to remember, and to give thanks. Without gratitude we walk around as shadows.

    Personally we have gratitude for  our closest friends,  who support us each day–and keep our  feet certainly on the ground, in particular, Aaron, Cale, Brandon, and Matt, they  do not see us as a priest, but as their homie, a part of their team, their “bruddah”  and keep us grounded each day of our life; We am thankful for our friends who support  in other ways- emotionally, and financially, and make this ministry possible, some far away; We are grateful for the young men and women who struggle on the street and  empower us to love with every breath of our body; and most of all we are grateful for the One who says to each of us: 

“You are invited to the feast. It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from or who your family is or what you’ve done or what you’ve not done. It doesn’t matter how you’re dressed or how you speak or who you love. There’s a place for you. Dinner is ready”.

-Br. Luke Ditewig

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry and whoever believe in me will never e thirsty.” (John 6:35) Dinner is ready!


Traditional Lunch and Holy Eucharist,  1:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church–1755 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94109; and Dinner served at  Canon Kip Senior Center, 6:45 p.m. tonight. Come Join Us!


Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164