Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mission church to offer homeless people space for ‘sacred sleep’

From California-

For decades, St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal church tucked among charming gardens a block from bustling Mission Street, has welcomed San Francisco’s outsiders and outcasts.

When refugees fleeing the civil war in El Salvador arrived in the Mission District in the 1980s, the church threw open its doors and even painted them bright red, a Christian symbol signifying sanctuary could be found inside.

When gay men began dying of AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s, the church took them in, too — some of their ashes were scattered on church grounds, their graves still visited regularly by partners and friends.

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