The Night Ministry provides crisis intervention, counseling and referral services every night of the year. We haven't missed one night in 49 years.
And we do this every night, rain or shine, whether it's a holiday or not, between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. We staff a crisis telephone line and support night ministers who literally walk the streets of San Francisco offering face-to-face conversations to those who are lonely, anxious and afraid in the middle of the night, when crises are most acute and when social services don't readily exist. There are about 14 crisis lines in San Francisco, but we are the only one who will talk with anyone about anything. And we are the only one who, if someone then wants a face-to-face conversation, can make that happen. So we are unique in that way.
50th Anniversary Festive Commemoration Service of Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Anne Lamott, Guest Speaker, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St at Taylor - Reception at Grace Cathedral following the service
Everyone Welcome - Free Will Donation
50th Anniversary Banquet - 7:00 p.m. Dinner - Delancey Street, 600 Embarcadero at Brannan St., San Francisco
GRAND FESTIVITIES PREVIEW -- Celebrating 5O Years of Night Ministry
Rod Dugliss, 50th Anniversary Committee Co-Chair
Fifty Years of the Night Ministry; half a century of compassionate presence on the streets of San Francisco -and what a half century it has been. From a "Summer of Love" that brought a new population of street people to the city. to the dislocation of people by prosperity--driven growth that is even now changing the face of the city and pushing more and more people into the margins of the night. Four unpopular wars have each abandoned veterans to survive lonely nights in the city_ The assassination of city leaders and the mass suicide of members of People's Temple have challenged peoples' sense of safety and inclusion in a city that "knows how," as a popular columnist repeatedly said.
Recession or prosperity, calm or upheaval, Night Ministers, Crisis Line Counselors, and leaders of a community that is Open Cathedral have worked to be present as beacons of hope, comfort, and acceptance. All this, and more, we are celebrating in a year-long series of events which will come to its culmination at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Cathedral on Sunday, November 16th with a festive service of prayer and song, praise and thanksgiving. The experience of the four Night Ministers of this half·century will be recognized. Cadres of volunteers who have served on the streets and on the phone will be thanked. The churches and other organizations that support the Night Ministry will be applauded. The celebrated author, Anne Lamott, will share her wisdom as the principal speaker for this great event. This will be a unique and special occasion. Make plans now to be there.
Following the service there will be a reception in Gresham Hall of Grace Cathedral where friends old and new can connect. And then the day will conclude with a grand banquet at 7:00 p.m. in the events hall of Delancey Street on the San Francisco waterfront. Delancey Street Restaurant will cater the affair. Special persons and groups will be honored. The current cohort of volunteers and the present Night Minister and his staff will be presented and thanked for their ongoing gifts of leadership which, we know, will lead us well into the next half-century of this vital ministry of presence and service in and for people on the margins in American's favorite city. The service and reception at Grace Cathedral is open to all.
Tickets for the banquet are $150 for an individual and $300 for an individual at the Bronze Sponsor level. Specially sponsored tables of ten for Gold Sponsors are available at $5,000 and Silver Sponsors at $3,000. For more information, or to book for yourself or a party of ten now, click here to purchase tickets online or click here to download the reply card to mail your reservation and check.
This year, Night Ministry is celebrating 50 years of service to people in San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay area and beyond, who are in distress or crisis in the darkness of the night. To mark the milestone, we have created audio profiles of several of our Night Ministers and Crisis Line Counselors. Listen to the fascinating stories these dedicated people tell about offering hope and comfort on the streets of San Francisco in-person and on the Crisis Line. In 50 years, Night Ministry has never missed a single night helping and listening from the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
The Rev. Rod Seeger, ACPE Supervisor Emeritus
What is Clinical Pastoral Education and how does it fit with the work of Night Ministry?
At Night Ministry's 2012 Gala, I was the highest bidder for an auction item: dinner with Lyle Beckman. Over dinner we discovered that Lyle's desire to establish a program in Clinical Pastoral Education at Night Ministry dovetailed nicely with my experience as a CPE supervisor. and my willingness to get such a program off the ground. In February 2014, we inaugurated the first class of CPE students.
The path to ordained ministry for many denominations requires at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. (PE teaches the art of communicating with people who are in stress or conflict. are hurting. suffering. or needing someone who can be present with them, listen to them, and assist them in finding ways to solve problems. CPE helps caregivers to be less anxious with people in need or crisis. It teaches them to provide quality spiritual care.
Night Ministry sponsors two Open Cathedrals, weekly non-denominational outdoor worship services for anyone who wishes to attend. Singing, praying, preaching and the Eucharist are offered, followed by opportunities for private conversation, prayer, blessing or the same counseling that is offered at night. Open Cathedrals gather rain or shine.
Open Cathedral – Civic Center gathers each Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Leavenworth and McAllister streets, near United Nations Plaza. Lunch is offered for anyone who wishes to participate. Worship attendance is not required to participate in the lunch.
Open Cathedral – Mission meets every Thursday at 5:30 pm at 16th & Mission BART.