We are new church community in san Fransisco. Here’s some of the reasons for the name:
Sanctuary Church SF
I wanted the name to communicate…..
Stability. In a city of huge movement and change.
Future proof. So not trying too hard to be current.
Invitationally sensitive. Bearing in mind many in SF are Uber clever. Cerebral.
Yet wanted sense of warmth. Home.
Wanted come kind of almost “religious” word in line with the Keller deal of not shying away from certain good traditions (Presbyterian)
Trust. Communicating trust to an orphaned-hearted people.
No wackyness. Yet not too stiff/conservative.
A word that would speak to my soul somehow more than just spirit or mind.
noun: sanctuary; plural noun: sanctuaries
a place of refuge or safety.
"people automatically sought a sanctuary in time of trouble"
synonyms: refuge, haven, harbor, port in a storm, oasis, shelter, retreat, hideaway, hideout More
"the island is our sanctuary"
safety, protection, shelter, immunity, asylum
"he was given sanctuary in the embassy"
a holy place; a temple or church.
the inmost recess or holiest part of a temple or church.
the part of the chancel of a church containing the high altar.
2 reasons why this name is so good:
We are called to take sanctuary not in drugs, position, power or wealth but in Christ. Just as the Bay was a natural sanctuary and refuge for sailors in the high seas of turmoil and chaos, so too Sanctuary is called to be a refuge for a storm tossed city of people. Invitation. Godly comfort. We take sanctuary in Christ and then become sanctuary for the world. Today teh bay is known as the place in 1849 where the great gold rush began. Greed dominated and still does to some degree. But the original identity of SF was one fo teh most incredible natural harbours for stormed tossed sailors.a harbor...refuge...a sanctuary. Ad we want to see thsi reversal of ID occur. From greed to sanctuary. From selfishness to protection. This is a picture of how god deals with us. Yearns to remove our false id and restore us to how god oringally designed us. Not greedy. But glorious.
But the word speaks of challenge as well. Sanctuary comes from the Latin word ‘sanctus’ meaning holy. Set apart. Different. Belonging to God. My journey has been more about this than anything. Learning not to belong to the world but to him. To be holy as my god is holy. Not religious but salty. This idea of holiness hints at authority. Hope for the poor to become holy. Challenge to the powerful to bow the need. Oh the utter relief of holi upness.
Plus obviously SF is a “sanctuary City".
The deepest journey for me has be to not use people or need peopel. But to love them. This is true holiness. And if we can see a chruch of peopel who do not use people or need peopel then we will be like jesus.
Unfazed because we are holy in the midst of the powerful. The one true friends who do not flatter.
Unhurried because we are holy in the midst of the poor. The one true friends who do not fix.
Want to see a people unhurried in the presence of the poor and unfazed in the presence of the powerful
God is a sanctuary (NOT demanding etc. Contrast..)
Church caed to be a sanctuary (not judging or cliquey)
SF is called to be a sanctuary (not greed capital but restoration to original safe refuge ID).
Lady after I shared at Radiant keep on saying 'go that sanctuary City" again and again. Felt hs in that Moment.
Rob Glover grabbed me at confluence conference and said “just see word harbour. The bay was a refuge. A safe place for storm tossed sailors to come and take refuge in”. Wow!!