A Fabulous PlaceA community blog in collaboration with the Spahr Reconciliation and Smith-King Initiatives
A SAFE SPACE TO HELP THE WORLD HEAL AND BECOME SAFE AGAIN
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.
VOICES OF HOPE
This is a story of compassion turning into action. Rev. Janet Edwards, a Presbyterian minister in Pittsburgh, PA has advocated for the human dignity and equality of LGBT people and their families in her church and local community for more than three decades. Upon...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Rev. William Barber shares how to transcend partisan and cultural divides to organize for change that...read more
Liz McGeachy and Tim Marema offer their version of an American classic with images the challenge the status quo. For more from them, visit....read more
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...read more
Annanda Barclay serves at First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto. She obtained her M.Div. at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a Co-Moderator of the More Light Presbyterian...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
To Push Out Hope Luke 1:46-55 Mary praises God for a pregnancy in which she had no agency. How can she say no to God? How can she not be angry with God? And how can she find hope in the action of giving birth and having a life-altering responsibility, all of which...read more
Scott Clark is Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life at San Francisco Theological Seminary. On Sunday, December 4, Scott had the opportunity to preach at 7th Avenue Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and deliver the following sermon. You can find the audio...read more
Repentance and Responsibility Matthew 3:1-2 The purpose of Jesus birth is not to make everybody happy. In this passage a man, living in the place where refugees flee, in the clothing of the poor and sitting outside of the mainstream of the religious community dares to...read more
Scott Clark is Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life at San Francisco Theological Seminary....read more
J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recently responded to the presidential election and the climate that has ensued. It was originally published at PCUSA.org. I read several post-election statements and heard...read more