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Homeless San Francisco during Covid-19

In justice-minded San Francisco, city of billionaires, why are thousands of people left unsheltered during a mandatory shelter-in-place? In this video, you will learn about San Francisco’s tent encampments, the city government’s choices, hotel rooms and concrete ways to help. Special guest Kelley Cutler, an organizer for the Coalition on Homelessness, speaks with individuals in encampments and shares her experiences as a professional champion for the homeless and poor. Rev. Victor Floyd and Alison Faison, Calvary staff and actively involved participants of Faith in Action Bay Area, will join Kelley in a discussion and Q&A on how we can better understand and help our most vulnerable neighbors. • Kelley Cutler, Human Rights Organizer, Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco • Alison Faison, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Calvary Presbyterian Church San Francisco • Rev. Victor H. Floyd, Minister of Spiritual Care, Calvary Presbyterian Church San Francisco The Coalition on Homelessness is an advocacy and social justice organization that focuses on creating long-term solutions to homelessness, poverty, behavioral health treatment and housing issues, founded in 1987 by homeless people and frontline social service workers in San Francisco. The Coalition on Homelessness has also founded the newspaper Street Sheet, the Community Housing Partnership, and the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP). For more information visit Faith in Action Bay Area is a network of congregations and community leaders working to ensure that the dignity of all people in our community is upheld. We develop leaders, promote civic engagement, and lift up our faith values, in order to confront power and change systems. We envision a world in which all people receive the respect, justice, and opportunity they deserve. For more information, visit

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Talking with Kids About the Order of Worship in the Bulletin.

If I visited Calvary for the first time and had not been to a Presbyterian church before, I would want someone to help me understand what I was doing throughout the order of worship. This blog provides an example of how some churches annotate their bulletins so children, youth, and adults can learn more about why we choose to read, sing, pray, and listen at certain times during the worship service. Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church ( in Louisville, Kentucky offers a model of how to explain the order of worship. Being transparent about how we worship together is in line with our reformed tradition. We can read and interpret the Bible ourselves, as well as worship and say prayers with our own bodies. Many years ago, a priest would do all of this while the congregation sat or stood. It is important for parents to share with their children that all people have the freedom to contribute to a worship service. By singing, listening, praying, and sharing, we get to know each other and witness each other’s talents and inspiring work. Fellowship and education events are only part of the ways that we form our faith together. Participating in worship is what binds us together each Sunday, so that we can support each other at or outside of church during the week.

Support Trans Kids

Calvary Presbyterian Church continues to support transgender youth and adults. March 2023 is Transgender Awareness Month. We show our continuing support through messages such as, “Trans Lives Matter,” “Believe Trans Kids,” “Support Trans Kids,” and “Protect Trans Kids.” This blog will offer some insight into Presbyterian and San Francisco organizations that actively support and advocate for LGBTQI+ people. I hope that you will take time to read through these resources. There is hope. So many inspired people of all ages are working together for freedom, safety, and love. Now that I am raising two teens I have come to more clearly understand the context and reality that LGBTQI+ youth live in every day. It is crucial to support the growth and development of transgender children and youth who sense that their “gender identity does not correspond with, or sit comfortably with, the sex they were registered at birth.” That is the definition of transgender offered by Twinkl, an education website for children ages preschool to 8th grade. See more definitions at the end of this blog. Transgender children, youth, young adults, adults, and senior adults do not want to be "othered" as they are children of God. We want to believe, support, and protect them, so that they can live safely and freely without fear and shame. When adults do not see or support children or youth as they are, the risks of gender dysphoria and youth suicide increase. God created all of us in Their image. May we have the courage to send out Jesus’ message of love and acceptance to ourselves and all people.

2022 Annual Report