A Day of Learning and Sharing

On Saturday, May 5 on the campus of Pacific School of Religion, come and meet various practitioners of sacred “alternative community” here in the San Francisco-Bay Area and beyond. Learn about what they’re doing and how it’s creating community in some radical, progressive, and even unassuming ways. Interact with folks who are interested in creating these kinds of spaces and experiences. Learn how you can support the work of those already curating these spaces. And find out how these kinds of practices and communities can inspire the transformation of modern-day ekklēsia—through a renewed commitment to being called out of empire and systems of oppression—by introducing counter-cultural tactics and thinking from these amazing alternative communities.


Please pre-register at TransformtheChurch.eventbrite.com.
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9:45 a.m.

The Church Must Remember its Roots

IMG_7835Todd Atkins-Whitley
PSR MDiv, Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change, and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion Candidate
During this opening reflection, Todd will provide an overview of this event and discuss why it is vital that the church and faith-practitioners alike must not only rediscover their roots as an alternative community but why we must all value and support the work of alternative communities all around us who are engaged in the holy work of taking care of some of the most marginalized and oppressed people around us and in sacred resistance against the forces of capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy.

10:00 a.m.

Tao of The First Gender

hollywood texas promo (aprin 2018)Hollywood Texas, The Mojo Dojo
In this opening session, we will be guided in bringing our full selves into the space. As the Last Mojosexual, Hollywood Texas is guided by their ancestors through ceremony and ritual as well as rhythm. With soul love and queer vibes, may duality, the holy trinity, the four directions, the five senses, 666, the seven chakras, and infinity unite. (About Hollywood Texas.)

10:15 a.m.

Sogorea Te’ Land Trust

PSOPatricia St. Onge
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust: re-envisioning the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land.


11:00 a.m.

Naloxone Saves

Blyth Barnow. HeadshotBlyth Barnow, MDiv
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. As Christians and people of faith how are we called to respond? This worship service celebrates the power of resurrection by training people to recognize and respond to an opiate overdose. Our service will include music, ritual, training, and a message. (About Blyth.)

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own

12:30 p.m.

Burying the Horse

chris van hallRev. Christopher Drury, Greater Purpose Community Church.
Greater Purpose Community Church is opening a brewery in Santa Cruz that will split its daily profits with local charities and house it’s spiritual community on Sunday mornings. In this session, Rev. Christopher Drury will discuss how to buck the trends, traditions, and cultures of mainline decline. This will be a “how to” course for innovative church/ministry planting. (About Rev. Christopher)

1:15 p.m.

The Transformative Power of Harm Reduction

Frank CastroFrank Castro
Glide Harm Reduction Outreach Worker




Youth Spirit Artworks’ Tiny House Village and Adopt-A-Tiny-House Project

lauren jewettLauren Jewett
Youth Spirit Artworks
Youth Spirit Artworks is seeking to build the nation’s first Youth Tiny-House-Village, in order to provide 25 stable, supportive, and safe housing units for youth in order to end the cycle of homelessness and housing-insecurity before it begins, and change the lives of the numerous youth that will journey through the Tiny House Village on their path of seeking healthy, meaningful, and full lives that they deserve and dream about. (About Lauren.)

2:00 p.m.

You are #BornPerfect.

deb cunyDeb Cuny
NCLR #BornPerfect, the campaign to end conversion therapy


2:45 p.m.

Justice for Formerly Incarcerated Transgender, Gender-Variant, & Intersex People

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Janetta Johnson
Executive Director, Transgender, Intersex, Gender-variant Justice Project (TGIJP)




3:30 p.m.

Wholly Unholy: Divining The Divine

SPI 1Sister Merry Peter, Sister Tilda NexTime, Sister Merry Media, and Sister Amor
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
The dualistic, binary distinction between holy and unholy has outlived its usefulness. We are called upon now to recognize the connectedness of all life, to affirm equality, to utilize the power inherent in egalitarian, non-hierarchical, empathic forms of collective endeavor. The Sisters have embraced this principle from the inception of our Order. It has governed the work we undertake and the communities with whom we work cooperatively. It defines the approach we take to identifying pressing needs, and laying out a course of action to meet those needs. It recognizes the role of ritual in connecting us with one another and with our communities. It recognizes the role of ritual in connecting us with one another and with our communities. (About the Sisters.)


4:30 p.m.

Closing Words and Ritual

Todd Atkins-Whitley and Hollywood Texas

4:45 p.m.

Adjourn and go get your FABULOUS on for E C C L Ē S I A ! at 8:30 p.m.


8:30 p.m.


MahawamThe day culminates in EKKLĒSIA!, a gender-expansive/diverse, interfaith, radically welcoming and expressive, sober-space Deep House, Dance, and Drag Worship in the Chapel of the Great Commission at PSR featuring Hollywood Texas and DJ Power Top Ramen.

The event is provided at no cost but we need to have an idea of how many folks are coming. Pre-register at TransformtheChurch.eventbrite.com.


Header photo by Erin Grace Burns.