Coltrane Church

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Truly an honor to lead, edit, and publish this special project (in collaboration with an amazing team) celebrating the Coltrane Church. This limited edition 50th anniversary book commemorates legacy and history of a global spiritual community within San Francisco and beyond.

Our painstakingly created clothbound hardcover features never-seen-before archival imagery, paintings, and stories from key members of their community. Only 500 copies worldwide.

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Their story as an African Orthodox Church that made John Coltrane their patron saint sounds curious enough, but Coltrane is just the hook, not the story.

This is a Bay Area institution with deep activist roots (one of the founders was a student of Dr. Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panthers) and long-standing community programs. They've given marginalized people a voice. They've stood up to developers in SF who were forcing people out of their homes. And even now, they stand as a symbol of what San Francisco was—and still can—be.

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Thanks to generous support from Eaton Workshop, 100% of the sales went to the Coltrane Church and their ongoing efforts to serve their community.

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If you’re ever in San Francisco, go visit this beautiful community—they hold a sound meditation on the first Sunday of each month. A Love Supreme!


Design

Photography

Copy Editor

 
 

Laurence Jaccottet

Suzette Lee &
Juliette Tinnus
George Leonidou