Happy Holidays from Fools Mission! We have a lot to be grateful for this year. The new people who’ve appeared on the path have strengthened our ministry beyond imagination. More souls are feeling their worth. Rapid response teams and theatre workshops have prepared citizen allies to show up in witness and support when ICE appears in the neighborhoods. In the County Courthouse, charges, fines, and sentences have been reduced. Asylum seekers have connected with passports and lawyers; doctor appointments have gone more smoothly; insurance claims and car repairs have been demystified; senior citizens have avoided eviction and connected with low income housing. All in all, it’s been a pretty good year to be a fool.
Our non-profit status has brought newfound capacities and opportunities, well beyond the ability to offer tax deductions for donations. Our first crowdfunding campaign has raised over $6,000 for a single Mom who has to support four kids while recovering from kidney transplant surgery. We applied for and received our first grant. We are expanding our outreach to faith congregations and individuals, and setting up a chart of accounts to track future grants. If you missed Giving Tuesday and would like to support our ministry, please visit us at http://www.foolsmission.org/donate.
The support of the UUFRC community has been a lynchpin for us. The exemplary ministry of presence embodied by David Vallerga, Kaye Bonney, Bruce Knoth, Cindy Johnson, Joe Ragsdale, Aaron Castle, Pat Dwyer, Nathan Humphreys, and Nancy Goodban made our ministry sing. Asking your forgiveness in advance if I miss anyone, we’re deeply grateful for the contributions of Ellen Hill, Carolyn Chaney, Debbie Mytels, Marianna Tubman, Carol Cross, Belle Stafford, Veronica Palmer, Kate Hand, Julia Fankuchen, Alex and Danielle Stagner, Jane Taylor, Bev Spiker, Annie Tate, Beth Harrison, Peter Hartzell, and Steve Jung. You have truly lit the journey for us.
As our ministry grows, we continue to take inspiration from the Way of the Fool. We strive to remain “small enough to be relevant.” We resolve to slow down, carve out time for reflection, and pay closer attention. When it starts to feel like work, we hit the Pause button, play some music, and appreciate the irony. This is the fool’s prescription for depression, paralysis, and despair. Instead of waiting for the system to catch up with the insights of mystics and sages down through the ages, we choose to live the way we think human beings ought to live today. When 50 or 100 people are showing up in court to support marginalized families, or in the streets to witness the activities of immigration officers, the system as we know it will no longer be able to stand. –Thomas Atwood