Since their first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted themselves to community service, ministry to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity, and spiritual enlightenment. As the original holy card spelled out the group’s mission: “SPI is an Order of gay male nuns devoted to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt.” Not simply an exercise in camp, the Order brings together a variety of spiritual practices in a communal forum that benefits the community as it advances the varied practices of the individuals. The Sisters believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit. A small group of Sisters, including at least one member of the GBF sangha, will discuss their mission and experiences in and out of habit.
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