Inside the Scum of the Earth Church

Inside the Scum of the Earth Church

The Scum of the Earth Church, a group of Christian outcasts, hopes their brand of spirituality will find a home in a historic church building rises above the Santa Fe art district. It's a place where they can shed the stereotypes of being both Christians and punk-rockers. In the ten years since its inception, Scum members have congregated in everything from basements to coffeehouses to rented churches to homeless shelters. "Sometimes it's felt like sleeping on someone's couch for too long," says Mike Sares, Scum's 56-year-old senior pastor. Read "O Scum all ye faithful" by Josiah M. Hesse. All photos by Mark Manger.


The Scum of the Earth Church, a group of Christian outcasts, hopes their brand of spirituality will find a home in a historic church building rises above the Santa Fe art district. It's a place where they can shed the stereotypes of being both Christians and punk-rockers. In the ten years since its inception, Scum members have congregated in everything from basements to coffeehouses to rented churches to homeless shelters. "Sometimes it's felt like sleeping on someone's couch for too long," says Mike Sares, Scum's 56-year-old senior pastor. Read "O Scum all ye faithful" by Josiah M. Hesse. All photos by Mark Manger.
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