— Social Justice + Creativity = Faithful Fools Community MinistryFebruary 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Online Ministry | 2 Comments
While waiting recently for a flight to California, I tweeted: “Is there a bookstore in San Fran with a great poetry section?” A response: “u do know that the city is The City of Poets? Whaddabout “City Lights?”
My heart had skipped a beat, literally.
How could I forget the beatniks? How could I forget the famous poetry room at City Lights bookstore?
A few tweets later:
“I’m here &
headed for verse
Up the stairs to poetry
My humble behind
a rock—–ing chair
once graced by derrieres
of famous poets.
Later, I decided to walk the seven stations of the beat (just kidding); off to the Haight-Ashbury I went. Didn’t get there. I landed in The Tenderloin. A couple of homeless old men drew my attention. I left them with whatever cash I had.
And then, I got lost.
But then, “I was found.”
I stumbled upon a purple building.
Dear Fellow Members of My Church, the UU of Arlington, VA: Do those words ring a bell? “Faithful Fools?”
For nearly five years one of them foolishly preached and lived in beloved community with us: Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz. She talked about this UU-founded community ministry for the homeless many times. Her relationship with the fools was one she repeatedly returned to for spiritual guidance.
A few members of our church, including me, encouraged her to give the subject a loving rest. (I think I’m sugar coating my account of the exchange.)
I regret it. Read more to find out why!