Sacred Cocktails returns to the Castro

Posted on April 1, 2014

Imagine a place where you can relax with friends over your favorite drink and listen to fascinating and uplifting stories, then engage in an animated and lively discussion, or just sit back and become inspired by what others have to share.

Whether you’re sipping a martini or a diet Coke, GLBTQ or straight, the folks at Sacred Cocktails welcome you to join them the first Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Castro at the Lookout Bar (3600 16th Street at Market). 

Each month the Rev. Tommy Dillon, rector of Saint Aidan’s, San Francisco, and Deacon Diana Wheeler, San Francisco Night Ministry/Sacred Space, San Francisco, gather at the bar for drinks (6:30 p.m.). After a laid back time of chatting and getting caught up, the group heads over to a quieter side of the bar in the restaurant for the monthly program (7 p.m.). There, guest speakers share their faith journey, followed up by a group discussion. Speakers have included Jeff Cotter of the Rainbow World Fund, the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of the Diocese of California; The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Anglican Archbishop Martin Barahona, as well as many other men and women with moving stories to share.

If you feel a need to be connected to a spiritual community, but you may have been wounded by organized religion or have not yet found a place you feel comfortable, Sacred Cocktails offers a nurturing, loving, and non-threatening (not to mention fun) place to connect with others. It provides a forum where people can explore spirituality and LGBT sexuality, with the ultimate goal of helping make meaningful connections between the two. It strives to build relationships among Christian and non-Christian LGBT folks in the City who are interested in these topics.

Sacred Cocktails allow participants to voice not only their stories of faith but their questions as well. Sacred Cocktails strives to allow a space where all are welcome, where the discussion of God’s love in the world doesn’t fit into a one size fits all model but revels in the sometimes irreverent, oftentimes highly moving search for meaning in a hectic and impersonal world. Sacred Cocktails is back after a one year break and on Monday, April 7, local leaders in San Francisco will offer blessings and well wishes as this vital ministry returns to the Castro.

For more information contact: the Reverend Tommy Dillon, tommy@saintaidan.org, 415.285.9540 ext 2.

About the author: A writer and recovering CPA, Sarah lives in San Francisco in an old house with a brood of people — some taller, some shorter, all of whom she adores. She is the author of Grave Refrain: A Ghost/Love Story and a member of St Aidan’s, San Francisco.