A Celebration of Life in The Cathedral of Christ the Light

The Cathedral of Christ the Light - Oakland - 2014

Even though I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for a long time, I’d not heard of this cathedral in Oakland. Last week, my friend Doug Kaye forwarded me an email – a group of his friends from the Marin Photo Club were heading over to shoot in this cathedral on Saturday and would I like to join?

Shooting a venue with a group of photographers can be a lot of fun – and a great learning experience – so I said “Sure! I’m in.” Somehow I’d completely missed the construction of this beautiful cathedral. A check of images from others helped educate me to its striking architecture. Pretty amazing work!

When we arrived on Saturday, a memorial service was underway in the sanctuary – celebrating the life of Dr. Frank Staggers. We headed downstairs to the mausoleum area and photographed there. I drifted back upstairs and listened to the last twenty minutes of the Staggers’ memorial. Such a celebration of a wonderful life!

I shared this with a friend: “A random encounter with the memories of a such great man!” – she replied: “I like the serendipity of being in the right place at the right time.”

Indeed. It was a beautiful Saturday in so many ways. Go when you can!

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