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Dear Members and friends of Fellowship Church: The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples requests the honor of your presence at our Twenty-sixth Annual Howard Thurman Convocation and Seventy-eight Church Anniversary. Fellowship Church is the nation’s first intentionally interracial, interfaith congregation. Founded in 1944 by Dr. Howard Thurman, Dr. Alfred Fisk, and visionary laity, the church sought and continues to seek to bring together people from diverse identities – national, racial, faith, gender – for deep spiritual experiences. Such experiences have the potential to subvert the socially imposed barriers that divide the human family. Rather than division, a sense of common ground or beloved community would become operational. The church was established as an alternative to the segregation in churches at that time. It nurtures the seeds implanted in each person sustaining it in its quest for fruition, and fulfillment. In 1936, Dr. Thurman, Mrs. Sue Bailey Thurman, and Rev. Edward Carroll became the first African Americans to ever meet with Mahatma Gandhi. Ideas of nonviolent resistance that were at the heart of the Indian Movement for Independence became a way of life for the Thurmans and their mentee, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognized by Life Magazine as one of the most powerful preachers in the United States, Thurman was a spiritual counselor providing indispensable support for leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. His life and work are being recognized by scholars and activists across the nation with great enthusiasm. The film, Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, is indicative of interest in his legacy. Another film is on the way. This year’s convocation highlights young activists, their incredible work and their courage. Mary Lim-Lampe, lead organizer for Genesis will introduce young activist: Nicole Sutton. Steve Leeds, mentor for the West Side Tenants Organization will introduce young activist: Paloma Hernandez. We will also present an excerpt for the film, Breaking the Silence 2022 Virtual Gathering, and a short video (Creating America) of the late Dr. Vincent Harding. Founded in 2006, Genesis is the Bay area affiliate of the Gamaliel Network, where President Obama received his community organizing training. Its work is centered on the most vulnerable (youth, elders, people with disabilities) and organizes to impact structural racism through its issue campaigns. Genesis believes that Beloved Community becomes a reality when people act on values to create a more just and inclusive world. Leeds describes West Side Tenants Organization, WSTA, as an all-volunteer group founded in 2019 of tenants and allies on the west side and recently throughout SF. We have monthly general meetings with educational topics for tenants as well as working groups, such as Mutual Aid and the Eviction Response Network (ERN). We have been contacted by tenants facing eviction and harassment throughout the city and support tenants through the ERN, a public campaign activator, to organize, resist displacement and stay in their homes. Trusting Life! Rev. Dr. Kathryn Lloyd Benton, Co-Minister Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake, Presiding Minister

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

3:00pm - 4:00pm

77th Annual Howard Thurman Convocation

Classical Music Concert


Program features music composed by African American ex-slave Blind Tom, German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and French composer Ernest Chausson. The concert presents music written for piano solo, piano duet, and piano with string instruments.


Performers at the concert include Bay Area Award-Winning Musicians: pianists Carl Blake and Bill Quist and members of the Temescal String Quartet.


A special feature of the concert is a video that contains a biographical sketch of ex-slave Blind Tom who was the world’s top-earning musical performer of the 19th century.


This concert inaugurates a newly acquired concert grand piano at Fellowship Church.


Free Admission

Donations appreciated as this event is one of our annual fundraisers 


This service will take place in person at The Church for Fellowship of All Peoples

2041 Larkin Street (between Broadway and Vallejo Streets in Russian Hill)

San Francisco, CA 94109


COVID protocols will be followed.

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

10:30am - 12:00pm

Social Justice Film Series Discussion

#UNFIT – The Psychology of Donald Trump

An analysis of Trump by leading US mental health professionals and Republican strategists, on the record for the record. Please watch the movie ahead of our discussion.


Initial release: September 1, 2020

DirectorDan Partland

Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes


Places to find the movie:

• Click here to watch the preview.

• YouTube – The video is in seven parts. Click here to view all seven parts on YouTube.

• If you have an Amazon Prime Membership , you can watch for free. Click here.

Kanopy -  (Free) Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 832 3192 4409

Passcode: 770104

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

10:30am - 11:45pm

Social Justice Film Series Discussion

Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story  

A PBS film by filmmaker Martin Doblmeier

In the past, we have encountered streaming issues while trying to stream a video during a Zoom meeting. Therefore, we cannot view the movie together. Please view the film prior to the meeting. (Click title)

"Through Dorothy Day's journey from young, communist journalist, to her awakening as co-founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper and 'houses of hospitality, sheltering and feeding New York City's homeless during the Great Depression, emerges a portrait of a selfless woman who followed her heart to better the lives of those less fortunate. Martin Sheen, Cornell West, biographer, Robert Ellsberg.

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