The Coltrane Church Is In Trouble

Oct 17th, 2008 // 4 Comments

in San Francisco, a 37-year-old African Orthodox Church which worships Jesus through the intervention of John Coltrane (who has been sainted by the denomination), is having money troubles in our new extra-lousy economy. In an odd turn of events, I met the church’s Archbishop and lead saxophonist on a bus in San Francisco years ago and although I haven’t managed to be in the area on a Sunday since, he seemed to be one of the most genuine and kind pastoral types I’ve ever met. It would be a loss to the area if the church didn’t make it, it would seem ; San Francisco would lose a spiritual and cultural landmark. I’ll put on A Love Supreme and offer up a prayer later on today in hope. [AP via MSNBC]

  1. Anonymous

    Amen…I think “A Love Supreme” is the most spiritual piece of music I have ever heard in my life…

  2. doublewhiskycokenoice

    @sydbarrett05: repent in the name of Bono!

  3. Cos

    I lived in SF during the dot-com boom and the church was always in financial trouble.

    I’m not saying that they’re sure to weather this storm, but at least this is not unfamiliar territory for them.

  4. Cam/ron

    @Cos: I also recall their financial problems during the early 00′s, weren’t they evicted from a space back then? I visited one service and it was basically a simple church sermon that was sandwiched between a few awesome free-jazz jams. Most of the attendees were tourists.

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