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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

'Chronicle': From Unitarian Jihad to Faithful Fools.

The San Francisco Chronicle brought the world the news (cough, cough) of "Unitarian Jihad." But Bay Area readers aren't restricted to a diet of satirical Unitarianism: This past weekend, the Chronicle also profiled the real-life pockets of reasonableness and harmony brought to San Francisco's Tenderloin district by the Faithful Fools ministry, a "ministry of presence" among homeless people in the city. If you'd like to read more about the program, journalism professor Bill Woo described a Faithful Fools "street retreat" almost four years ago for UU World.

("Street Ministry Lightens Up Tenderloin," Mary McKinnon Ganz, San Francisco Chronicle 4.24.05; "Fools in Faith," William F. Woo, UU World Sept/Oct 2001; thanks, Holy Weblog!)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 27 April 2005 at 10:46 PM

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Matthew Gatheringwater:

April 28, 2005 01:50 AM | Permalink for this comment

Just what the homeless need...tourists.

Actually, I appreciate the work the faithful fools do to bridge the gap between UUs (among others) and the homeless (and I know they do more than just provide an urban camping trip for the privileged), but as someone who spent extended periods of my youth on the street it is hard to imagine what I would have made of a "ministry of presence." I guess it would be a step up from the well-meaning Christians who showed up with guitars and tambourines to entertain the hustlers. Unfortunately, they only drove away the customers...

Kensho Godchaser:

April 28, 2005 03:37 PM | Permalink for this comment

Don't get me started on the whole "Unitarian Jihad" thing. It's a sad commentary on our culture that so many people don't get the joke.

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