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Rev. Kelly Rivera Hart

Kelly Rivera Hart“Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life. Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair. Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs. And just like me, this person is learning about life." - a compassion meditation

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

From these two profound statements and the Golden Rule of all Paths I base my service to humanity for social justice for all of sentient beings and a friend and spiritual coach for all brothers and sisters in all their glorious fashions and paths. I dream of a world where the Beloved Community does exist and all people can live their lives free from hatred, hunger, discrimination, darkness and shame.

Since my ordination as an Interfaith minister in 1999, I’ve been involved in anti-hate crimes activism, HIV outreach and advocacy and being a stand for human rights. I’ve organized rallies for marriage equality, held vigils for the victims of hate crimes, hosted a memorial for the victims of 9/11, created fundraisers for the people hit hard from the tsunami in Indonesia, the hurricane Katrina, and various HIV-service and prevention organizations that are constantly facing economic crises. As a boardmember of SF Pride, I’ve been able to contribute the support and positive role modeling for Gay and Bi youth.

Gaining a reputation of an example of an openly gay person that can be spiritually awake and socially aware, I was fortunate to be asked to hold an Interfaith Blessing service for the opening of the LGBT Center in Sa Francisco. And I ceaselessly encourage and incorporate the teachings of nonviolent civil disobedience or satyagraha from Mahatma Gandhi.

I am often a friend supporting HIV+ people by doing their grocery shopping, cleaning their house, massaging their feet and being with them as they pass on to the next plateau. At this point, I lost track of how many friends and loved ones have moved on due to AIDS. And living with HIV for over 16 years, I count each moment as a precious gift.

"Do all you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are."
-Nkosi Johnson, a Zulu boy, born into dire poverty as well as infected with AIDS, died at the age of 12.

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