About us

At the present moment we are the Holyrood Church/ Iglesia Santa Cruz, a multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic, multigenerational community of people who congregate to worship in three languages; English, Spanish, and Sign Language (ASL).


We understand this to be a moment of new beginnings, filled with infinite possibilities to rediscover God in and with each other, and to perpetually recommit, as a church, to deepen our individual and collective responsibilities in the face of all the challenges we face, both the timeless and the newly emerging.  In this life-giving and life-sustaining work, we are inspired to movement by the Book of Jeremiah (29:11): “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

As a church of all peoples, especially those embodiments of a shared humanity regarded as problems, we declare with lucidity and solemnity that we are a sanctuary church.  A sanctuary church is a liberating place where those who congregate share spiritual, moral, emotional, psychological, social, cultural, financial, material, political, and legal support and protection with anyone experiencing the dehumanizing violence, suffering, pain, and fear of systematic dynamics of oppression, exploitation, and exclusion.  We recognize that these dynamics sow seeds of division and mistrust, target the most vulnerable, and often appear as racism, ethnocentrism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, sexism, patriarchy, nativism, ageism, consumerism, elitism, colonialism, authoritarianism, and other demons.


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