From San Francisco

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : February 27, 2007

I was hoping to keep blogging in my travels, but I’ve been too distracted with new experiences to write.  My time in San Francisco has been incredible.  I’ve been staying with Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco for about a week.  They’re located in the Mission District.  Not only have I been able to connect with the fine people at Church of the Sojourners, I’ve also spend a good deal of time with Mark Scandrette and his friends at Seven.  I even connected with the local chapter of InnerCHANGE.  Each of these groups are making serious attempts at embodying the monastic (yet missional) impulse in one of the most beautiful, unique, creative, and broken cities in the world.

I want to plug two books…the first is How to Become a Saint: A Beginners Guide by Jack Bernard.  Jack, who passed away a few years back was one of the founders of Church of the Sojourners.  This is a great read for those interested in the unheroic–yet profound–way of loving like Jesus in community.

The other books is Mark Scanrette’s new book: Soul Graffiti. Here’s a description of the book (if it is anything like Mark, it should be a mind-tingling explosion of creative subversion):

Soul Graffiti explores the message of Jesus as an invitation to embrace life as a sacred journey— learning to collaborate with our Maker’s intentions to bring healing and greater wholeness to our world. Through stories and reflections, Soul Graffiti addresses the questions, “What was the essential message of Jesus and how can we inhabit that message as a way of life?”  What if everything matters? Soul Graffiti, is an invitation to explore the life and teachings of Jesus as a pattern for pursuing a spiritual path that is fueled by compassion, creativity, community and connection.

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One Response to “From San Francisco”

  1. Richard Daley on February 27th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Hey Mark, you should check your StudentJourney email.

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