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Sunday, September 8 • 10:00am - 11:30am
John Coltrane-Inspired Jazz and Meditation Service

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On a 1966 tour of Japan, Coltrane was asked what he wanted to be in 10 years. “I would like to be a saint,” he said.

The legendary saxophonist would never make his transition to sainthood, but his spirit lives on in San Francisco’s famous Church of John Coltrane. Aeon magazine describes the vibe of this one-of-a-kind congregation is “a rapturous out-of-your-head-ness," mixing African Orthodox liturgy with Coltrane’s quotes and music. The church encourages worshippers to sing along, dance, and clap to the music.

“There is a real desire among aficionados of John Coltrane, not only for his music, but for his philosophy and spirituality as a believer and a saint,” says Pastor Wanika Stephens, “Everyone is welcome here. The main ingredient is love.” Amen!

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In 1965 the early church was being organized as a cultural group to educate the local community about this music known as Jazz. The greatest art form and cultural contribution that the United States has offered to the world. This music came through African Americans to bring healing... Read More →



Sunday September 8, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Skylight Pavilion