Editor, Layout & Design: Terry Messman

Photographers: Lydia Gans and Carol Harvey

Site Web Design: Ariel Messman-Rucker

Web Producer 2014-16: Jess Clarke

Human Rights: Carol Denney

Vendor Coordinator: J.C. Orton


The Street Spirit Advisory Committee

Street Spirit is published by Youth Spirit Artworks, and its work is guided by an editorial committee of knowledgeable and highly dedicated advocates including: Janny Castillo, Jess Clarke, Ellen Danchik, Carol Denney, Michael Diehl, Lydia Gans, David Hartsough, Sister Eva Lumas, Daniel McMullan, The Suitcase Clinic, Pattie Wall, Susan Werner.

A Life Consecrated to Compassion and Justice

On the bleak streets of the Tenderloin, a sister took a stand against inhumanity. Her solidarity was inspired by the beatitudes and consecrated to the poor.

The Invisible Natural Cathedral of People’s Park

Builders, please go away. Allow the beauty of an Invisible Natural Cathedral to remain, a living shrine of open space that gives refuge to all people.

Street Spirit Interview with Sister Bernie Galvin

This atrocity was happening in a very wealthy city. It was happening right under our noses. It was very visible. And there was not the united voice of the faith community speaking out. That was the spark of Religious Witness. From that moment, I knew what I had to do.

Interview with Sister Bernie Galvin, Part Two

“What’s forming in my mind is Jesus in the temple when he became angry at the unjust and very exclusive systems of society. That is the very reason that there are the poor and the marginalized. It is not enough just to provide food, clothing and housing.”

‘Such Is the Magic and Spirit of People’s Park’

The mayor has no understanding of the awful defeat the loss of People’s Park would be. No comprehension of the cost in lives and the sacrifices people have made for the Park’s ideals. So many still find it a refuge in a country needing a political and spiritual overhaul.

I Remember Who I Am

“And Now Where?” Lithograph by Rockwell Kent

By and by, I calm down. I meditate. I pray. It is a beautiful day. The sun is setting. I weave my way toward the spot where I sleep, where nobody knows where to find me. I look to the stars, and say my prayers to the God who believes in Me.