An Episcopal priest, he first gained public attention in the nineteen sixties as the “espresso priest” named for his participation in San Francisco’s poetic scene, frequently giving readings at the Hungry I, and later for his book “Are You Running With Me, Jesus?”The first sermon I preached in a Unitarian Universalist church some thirty years ago was titled “Are You Running With Me, Buddha?” A small tip of the hat.
Father Boyd was an activist, particularly focused on the Civil Rights movement. There’s a small intersection with the Unitarian Universalist church in that while he was chaplain at Wayne State, he led a discussion group that inspired UU Viola Liuzzo’s journey to Selma and subsequent murder by the Klan. Boyd publicly acknowledged his homosexuality in 1977, and from then became a prominent voice in the Gay Rights movement.
He wrote some thirty books. At the time of his death he was writer-in-residence of the Diocese of Los Angeles. He was survived by his long time spouse, Mark Thompson.
A good life. Worth remembering…