As followers of Christ, we are all called to serve God by serving one another. This is why the St. Paul's community prioritizes putting our God-given talents, skills, and passions to work supporting God’s work in the community. Below, we invite you to explore some of the ways that we serve our neighbors -- and we invite you to join us in this work! (For a complete list of our ministries and opportunities to serve both internal and outside communities, please see our Volunteer to Serve page.)
Cathedral for the City Commission
The Cathedral for the City Commission (C4CC) ministry takes to the streets to let San Diegans know that you are welcome in our community, no matter who you are and no matter where you are on your journey of faith. To do so, we take ashes to the people on Ash Wednesday; represent St. Paul's at major civic events, such as at the Pride Parade; and invite our neighbors to celebrate with us during activities such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade and December Nights. We also look for opportunities to host significant civic conversations where all voices, and particularly the forgotten voices, may be heard.
Episcopal Relief and Development Ministry
Here at St. Paul’s, we have two ongoing projects that support the efforts of Episcopal Relief and Development, which works to heal a hurting world. The sale of Equal Exchange Chocolate, teas, coffee, and snacks, as well as the Alternative Christmas Gift Market provide funds for our work. Episcopal Relief and Development reaches more than 2 million people in over 40 countries each year. Rather than impose “one size fits all” solutions, Episcopal Relief and Development supports local, long-term initiatives that address poverty, hunger, disease, economic development and disaster response where the need is greatest.
Friends of Military Outreach and Support
Friends of Military Outreach and Support (FOMOS) builds bridges of healing in the pastoral care and spiritual growth of current, transitioning and former military members, their families and friends. Representing a progressive Christian perspective, we are committed to assisting in the struggles of the greater military family and either filling or collaborating with to the appropriate aid organization to fill the need. We offer a wide variety of support service activities, including providing care packages for deployed personnel, families and friends; volunteering with homeless veterans support organizations; and serving as companions for wounded warriors undergoing rehabilitation.
Interfaith Shelter Network Rotational Shelter Program
Every year, St. Paul's hosts the Rotational Shelter Program, a seasonal emergency shelter program that takes in men, women and families with children. Through this program, for two weeks we provide a group of people with shelter here at the Cathedral and our congregants bring in meals for their stay here. At the end of two weeks, the whole operation rotates to another area congregation.
Peace and Justice Committee
The Peace and Justice Committee engages members of the congregation to work for peace and justice. We let the congregation know about opportunities to speak or to stand publicly for issues of peace and justice; we will actively pray for peace at every level of our lives and for the world; we support organizations whose mission is focused on the furtherance of peace and justice; and we will host and facilitate events designed to further peace and justice. Issues of particular focus are: immigration; LGBT rights; ending war; human trafficking; stewardship of the earth and our environment; racial inequity; homelessness and poverty.
RefugeeNet provides tutoring for refugee children at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in City Heights. Tutors are needed in all subjects, with help in English and Math especially needed. This ministry also promotes an annual back to school shoe drive for San Diego’s refugee children.
Simpler Living seeks a Christian response to the environmental crisis and our excessive consumerism by living more simply and sustainably in home, church, community, and the world. As creation care stewards, we educate and advocate for a healthier and more vibrant environment, now and for future generations. We sponsor film screenings with slow-food potlucks; organize workshops; work with Cathedral staff to "green" St. Paul's; and organize involvement with events like Earth Day.For more information and resources, see the Simpler Living page.
Showers of Blessings
In this wonderful ministry, we offer showers, clothes, and haircuts to our neighbors who do not have homes. First United Methodist Church provides a hot breakfast each month. We host Showers of Blessings on the second Saturday of each month. Volunteers are needed to support the offerings and spend time in fellowship with our neighbors. This ministry fills the clergy parking lot and 6th Avenue courtyard with joy and friendship one morning each month.
Vida Joven de México
Vida Joven de México is a safe and loving home for children ages 3-18 years in Tijuana, Mexico. These children have parents in prison, or have been abandoned. At Vida Joven, every child is loved, protected and educated. We work to promote awareness of the children’s needs and support the Vida Joven/Dorcas House foster home in Tijuana and help coordinate fundraisers. In addition, we periodically participate in group visits to Vida Joven.