Tell Your Story – California during the time of COVID-19

Tell Your Story - RevJohn, San Francisco
This is the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden at the Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park. Nearly every day I have explored a new part of our glorious city, and learned something more about its history.

Rev. John, San Francisco

“The first big adjustment was giving up going to the gym almost every day. I found a new rhythm in walking alone for five miles most mornings through the streets and parks near my home in the city, then using afternoons to work on a 300 page history that is my newest writing project—‘A Religious Center with a Civic Circumference: The First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, 1850 to 2020.’ Working more online has put me in touch with Tyler Green, author of ‘Carleton Watkins: Making the West American.’ We now hope to collaborate on a 400 page selected works and biography of Thomas Starr King.”

“I look forward to returning to regular exercise at the Richmond District YMCA and to archival research for the history I am writing that are not available online, to singing in church with friends once again, and to interacting with my grandchildren in a way that is not just through a screen.”

“I am intensely aware of how relatively privileged I am, and more determined than ever to work to overcome the effects of growing economic inequality by advocating for more affordable housing, more equitable access to health care for all, and greater racial, gender and social justice.”

Rev. John, 72
San Francisco


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