One positive note this year is the return of the Saint John Coltrane Church, thanks to Saint Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Coltrane Church will be sharing their space at Turk and Lyon, holding worship services Sundays at noon.
Though Coltrane Church isn’t returning to Fillmore Street itself, the church’s return is a boost for the community. Coltrane Church, along with Marcus Books, was a source of gravity in the Fillmore, holding the neighborhood together in the face of constant threats from gentrification and a white-supremacist City Hall all too happy to ignore Black residents in favor of tech, realtors and/or whoever else had the money to spend. The evictions of Coltrane Church and Marcus Books made the current whitewashing of the Fillmore so much simpler, which is why City Hall and the powers that be gave them both the coldest of shoulders when they were in times of need. Coltrane Church and Marcus Books were always fully independent and never bent a knee to the City Hall machine. That’s what made them such a target of San Francisco’s corrupt elite, and so necessary for the community.