A Fabulous Place

A community blog in collaboration with the Spahr Reconciliation and Smith-King Initiatives


In a political and cultural climate where it feels like hate and exclusion have become the dominant perspective, we must find voices of hope and resistance, as well as safe spaces to share.

A Fabulous Place seeks to bring together those who feel marginalized, but refuse to be bullied. It is a forum where LGBTQ individuals, people of color, immigrant communities, women, those with differing levels of ability and countless others who have been targeted by hateful rhetoric, action and policy can resist through written and spoken word, art and music.

Be heard. Be inspired. Be a voice of love and resistance.


A Sermon Reflection: God Accepts The Transgender Community

On November 20, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Erin Swenson preached at SFTS. Her presence and sermon was part of the annual day of remembrance for those who lost their lives because of violence against transgender or gender nonconforming people in the past year. In 1995, Rev....

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Being a Bright and Spicy Christian

Jamie Lee Sprague-Ballou, SFTS's first trans graduate, preached her senior sermon on Jesus' command to be bright and spicy Christians in the world. Take a few minutes to hear her words of hope and...

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Shifts Happen Discussion Explores Interconnectivity

On Monday, March 20, the Center for Innovation brought together Rev. Dr. Janie Spahr, Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith Jr. and Annanda Barclay to dialogue on the intersection of justice issues. Dr. Spahr is an LGBTQ rights pioneer, helping shape the PCUSA into one of the most...

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VIDEO: Music that Fosters Inclusion

Our friends at Canal Alliance recently launched their "Get the Picture" campaign with this original music video. The campaign invites individuals to stand together and celebrate diversity, inclusion and acceptance. The goal of Canal Alliance is to "build a pathway to...

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Theology and Bravery

Laura Mariko Cheifetz, a member of our Spahr Reconciliation committee, recently published a paper on bravery as part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Below is an excerpt from the inspirational...

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My Country Tis of Thee

Liz McGeachy and Tim Marema offer their version of an American classic with images the challenge the status quo. For more from them, visit....

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BuzzFeed Reports on the Global State of Transgender Rights

BuzzFeed recently partnered with Ipsos and the Williams Institute to give a comprehensive picture of the state of transgender rights around the world. Looking at 23 mostly Western countries, they scored each according to a number of data points. The top country for...

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Video: Scott Clark Offers Five Questions for 2017

Scott Clark, Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life at San Francisco Theological Seminary, offers five questions for 2017. They are: What is at the heart of your concern as we head into 2017? Who are the most vulnerable among us in need of an advocate? Assign...

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Advent 2016: Scott Clark on Luke 2:15-20

The Heartbeat of God Luke 2:15-20 Scripture tells us that, at some point on that first Christmas, the shepherds go home. At some point, the angels finish singing sweetly o’er the plain, and the mountains finish echoing their joyous strain. At some point, the shepherds...

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Advent 2016: Sam Altis on Luke 1:57-66

The Other Baby in the Christmas Story Luke 1:57-66 There is a second baby in the Christmas story that I often forget about: John the Baptist. He is easy to overlook, and yet Luke’s version of the Christmas narrative seems to think he is pretty important. So much so...

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