I attended The Saint John Coltrane Church recently where the (jazz) music and art inspire community and self-respect. The Minister plays sax and conch-shell and the house-band Ohnedaruth, along with whatever players have turned up in the congregation, churn out the rifts of John Coltrane. The bassist, Wanika King, would close her eyes and achieve the quiet focus to carry forth the rhythm and the punctuated gospel message from the Voices of Compassion choir. The life-sized icons of Saint John the Divine Sound Baptist that adorn the walls of this storefront church are created by Rev. Mark Dukes and adeptly incorporate a mannerist modeling that recalls stylized inner-city tags. Here there is hope.
The Saint John Coltrane Memorial Human Outreach Programs
351 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California 94117
...so therefore brotherhood is there, and I believe with brotherhood there would be no poverty... And also with brotherhood, there would be no war. --Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane
Providing Works of Charity
Committed to Serving the Needs of the People
Free Hot Meals -- 27 years of continuous service, recognized by the California State Legislature. Free hot vegetarian meals. No discrimination as to race, creed, religious affiliation. Participants served as honored guests. Including international travellers.
Free Clothing -- Infant, children's program. Teen and single parents. Poor families, hospitals, shelters. Periodic distribution of coats, quilts and blankets.
Temporary Shelter -- Limited space available for teen parents, women with children, orphans, men.
Free Music Classes -- Music theory and practice. Music appreciation skills clinics. Listening clinics - cd's, tapes, records. Instruments given by scholarship.
Computer and Graphics Classes -- Macintosh Basic Skills Classes
CPR and First Aid Classes -- Basic life support for infants, children and adults. Certification from the American Heart Association. Taught by Registered Nurses.
Saint John Coltrane Community Garden -- Providing a peaceful and meditative meeting and prayer space. Voluntary service of the community with gardening and upkeep.
Sadly... it's all a big scam :-(