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Church Without Walls

Abstract: St. Paulus (SF) sells property and will worship at St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church.

Members of St. Paulus (SF), a 140-year-old San Francisco Lutheran church celebrated Pentecost in their own sanctuary and then took up their cross, their candlesticks, their chalices and walked with Bishop David Mullen, Pr. Dan Solberg, and Pr. Megan Rohrer to the congregation's new worship home, St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, a predominantly African American religious community inspired by the spirituality of the late jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.
The procession's arrival was greeted by a tenor saxophone solo from Coltrane Archbishop Franzo Wayne King.
St. Paulus, now a "church without walls" will hold services at the Coltrane church, rent office space nearby, and minister to neighborhood in cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, night clubs and other gathering places.
St. Paulus sold it's property in the 900 block of Gough in San Francisco and received, according to one unofficial source, $12 million.

Photo: Katy Raddatz, SF Chronicle.

(Vol. I, xxx, June 4, 2007 )

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