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.
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.