Buena Vista United Methodist Church is a welcoming, multi-cultural, multi-generational community of faith open to all who seek spiritual growth and healing, regardless of age, abilities, physical condition, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic class. Inspired by the vision of “beloved community” popularized by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—a vision in which all people share equitably in opportunity and resources—we are committed to building loving relationships locally and globally through prayer, service, and mutually transforming social justice work.
Drawing on a legacy of radical hospitality to Japanese immigrants in a segregated Alameda in the late 1800s, the church has continually birthed new justice and healing ministries, including campaigns for broader racial equity, affordable housing and tenants’ rights, disability advocacy, LGBTQIA+ inclusivity and support, Philippine and Palestinian solidarity, Asian prisoner re-entry support, and immigrant rights. As a sanctuary church, we also partner with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity to support Central American immigrants and refugees by providing transitional housing and other assistance.