Street Retreat with the Faithful Fools

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Schedule: -None-
Price: Donations welcomed

A day of reflection on the streets of Portland led by former and current staff of
the Faithful Fools.

A street retreat with the Faithful Fools provides an opportunity for reflection about ourselves, and the places and people we encounter:

  • What is my personal experience with poverty, homelessness, substance use/abuse, sub-employment, or unemployment?
  • What forms the basis of my judgments?
  • What does “help” look like? What is suffering?
  • What is poverty? What visions and longings do I have to help bring about personal and social change?

These are only some of the questions people walk with.This is a time to retreat from our everyday lives. With the Faithful Fools, we retreat to where we are often told not to go—a place where there is a concentration of poverty and homelessness—to engage ourselves. Personal experience begins to inform our actions in ways abstract understanding alone can not.

The Faithful Fools is an educational and charitable non-profit based in the Tenderloin Neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1998 by Unitarian Universalist minister Kay Jorgensen and Franciscan sister Carmen Barsody with the following mission:

  • We are called to a ministry of presence that acknowledges each human’s incredible worth.
  • Aware of our judgments, we seek to meet people where they are through th arts, education, advocacy, and accompaniment.
  • We participate in shattering myths about those living in poverty, seeing the light, courage, intelligence, strength, and creativity of those we encounter.
  • We discover on the streets our common humanity through which celebration, community, and healing occur.

Donation requested, $0 to $100. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Starting location: First Unitarian Church of Portland,
1034 SW 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Participation is limited.

For more information and to sign up for the retreat contact:
Josh Mann at or call 503.679.0495.
For more information about the Faithful Fools:

The retreat is not sponsored by Zen Community of Oregon.