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The Holy Underground

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The Holy Underground is a multi-phase project
to renovate our basement and chapel spaces,
making them even more hospitable and welcoming
to the ministries that serve out of our church.

Why the Holy Underground?

We often call St. Peter’s “Holy Ground.” We’re holding ground in the midst of gentrification. And not just holding ground, but caring for it and creating welcoming space and community for poor people and social movements. We sense God’s Spirit in this.
A lot of our holiest work happens down in the basement (or in Episcopal-speak: the “undercroft”). Since the 1970s, Manna Community Meal has been feeding and clothing hungry and unhoused people. AA, NA, and others have been meeting in fellowship to support each other. The IWW & water struggle have organized here. Since 2020, Corner Shower and Laundry has offered free services to those in need.
However, over time and heavy use, the basement facilities have deteriorated. Our guests make do with substandard restrooms, dining areas, lighting and ventilation. We want to do better for our people and groups. We envision transformed spaces that are warm and welcoming; spaces that are visually appealing, healthy and designed for their intended uses.
These will also be spaces that acknowledge the realities of climate change and its causes. 
Our systems are being designed to save on water, gas and electricity. Building materials will be utilized that can withstand periodic flooding as well as heavy use. The result will be space that allows St. Peter’s to extend its ministries while exemplifying its values of social justice and care for Creation.
If we are to be good news for the poor, we know that works of mercy must be yoked to struggles for justice, freedom and peace. We may be called wage love in risky ways. We know this is part of what it means to follow Jesus and to be doers of the Word. 
Join us in following this call!

The overall cost of the project will be about $600,000.  We’ve already raised over $200,000. 

Can you help us reach our goal?

Send a check to St. Peter's Episcopal Church with "Holy Underground" in the memo.


And make a note for

"The Holy Underground"

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