Welcome to Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco.
We are a spiritual community which affirms that you are beloved! Rooted in the Christian tradition, our members come from a variety of spiritual backgrounds. We believe there are many paths to the holy, and that our sexuality and genders are sacred gifts. We believe we are called to a prophetic ministry championing the marginalized, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We work for justice and peace.
You are invited to worship with us noon and 6 p.m. each Sunday at 1300 Polk Street @ Bush and 7 p.m every Wednesday at our Taizé/Prayer at the Heart service.
Whichever time works best for you, please know that you will find a warm, loving, special place just for you.
From Our Senior Pastor:
Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco condemns the violent attack at “Pulse” in Orlando, Florida, on 12 June 2016, targeting our LGBT community there, and particularly the Latino community of Orlando, during which 49 people were killed and 53 injured.
We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of those murdered. We affirm the Moderator of UFMCC Rev. Nancy Wilson’s call to prayer,”…for all those who received news about their loved ones. Pray for the bravery of all who saved lives, who endured such suffering. Pray for healing and action to come out of this terrible moment. Most of them Latinos, most of them so young. Our hearts are broken. Pray for Joy MCC (the MCC church in Orlando) as they minister in this unbelievably tragic time.”
And I would add we know their loss – and the community’s loss – will change their lives forever. May they find peace and purpose to comfort their grief.
Sadly, our community is all too familiar with targeted violence. It is heartbreaking to experience the great advances in LGBT civil rights of the past few years, and at the same time experience again such violence committed against our own. From the Upstairs Inferno in New Orleans, to four arson attacks on MCC churches in 1972-73, of which MCCSF was one, to personal hate crimes that continue to this day. We know this pain.
I pray for each reading this now that we do not turn to fear nor hopelessness. In these days and weeks following this tragedy many will try to write the history of how this horrific event should be understood. Your staff and I – Annie Steinberg-Behrman, Michael Cronin, and Erik Flaten, encourage you to rest in what you know: we are blessed and created in the image of the Holy One. Check out of social media when you find it disconnecting you from what is sacred and holy. Each notice and post, each angry “you are not grieving right” can re-traumatize us and re-wound our spirit.
When we gather in worship we transform our sadness, we affirm the sanctity of our humanity. Together with the Holy Spirit we “turn our mourning into dancing again.” We know deeply and affirm as sacred truth what was spoken by Sister Roma, of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, at the Castro vigil held Sunday evening:
“this turnout right here, right now in the Castro, this is what our community is about. And it will take more than one gunman or a million gunmen to take our community down. This is who we are. We are a community of love.”
Rev. Robert Shively
Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco
1300 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109