Five years ago, low rent billboards in the San Francisco Mission carried this message. Oops ...
These days the same billboards carry this. A church friend asked what it was, so I did some cursory research. I don't know what "C3" refers to, but the "SV" part references Silicon Valley. This seems to come from a garden variety evangelical church plant aimed at our ubiquitous new hipster neighbors. C3 wishes to assure anyone who nibbles that they aren't in the guilt business. They inform the curious that they are "a generational church." I assume that is reassurance that this is not a place where seekers will encounter annoying old people. The latter impression is reinforced by the fact that they advertise children, youth, and men's and women's groups -- nothing for mature adults.
I guess some hipsters want a culturally comfortable church. It doesn't surprise me that some church would seek to fill that market niche. Time will tell whether this is an upgrade on Harold Camping's phantom Judgment Day.
This San Francisco purveyor of graffiti has it right. When times are bleak -- when country and planet sink under the barely restrained sway of greed, raw power, and fear -- it's time to restate what matters.
I write here to preserve and kindle hope for a national and global turn toward multi-racial, economically egalitarian, gender non-constricting, woman affirming, and peace choosing democracy that preserves the habitability of earth for all. There's a big order -- but what else is there to do but struggle for this? Not much.
Topics range from the minuscule to the transcendent to the global, from dire to delightful. I am not an optimist, but I refuse to allow myself to wallow within the easy bias that everything is going to always be awful. Good also happens; love lives too.
I've been yammering here about activism, politics, history, racism and other occasional horrors and pleasures since 2005. I intend to continue as long as the opportunity exists. In this time, that means activism and chronicling resistance. Perhaps it always has, one way and another.
I'm a progressive political activist who runs trails and climbs mountains whenever any are available. I've had the privilege to work for justice in Central America (Nicaragua and El Salvador), in South Africa, in the fields of California with the United Farmworkers Union, and in the cities and schools of my own country. I'm a Christian of the Episcopalian flavor; we think and argue a lot. For work, I've done a bit of it all: run an old fashioned switch-board; remodeled buildings and poured concrete; edited and published periodicals, reports and books; and organized for electoral campaigns. Will work for justice.