Fools Mission is a consciousness-raising ministry of multiculturalism and supportive companionship. Since 2012, Fools Mission has embraced the Way of the Fool—the archetypal trickster figure who disrupts rigid or decaying cultures through art, humor, and radical compassion. Governed by an egalitarian circle of covenanted fools, Fools Mission deliberately builds community among people who have access to wealth and privilege and those who do not. Through witness, accompaniment, education, and advocacy, Fools Mission cultivates empathy and friendship across socially-constructed boundaries of identity, such as class, race, language, immigration status, culture, gender, sexual preference, or educational achievement. Fools Mission creates expressive arts programs that expand emotional range, give expression to untold stories, and offer an antidote to depression, apathy, cynicism, and despair. Fools practice a life of service wherever they encounter bureaucracy—such as applications for public benefits, medical appointments, or court hearings. As fools are often overheard to say: “It’s a good day to be a fool.”

Fools Mission is Inspired by the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in San Francisco (see faithfulfools.org).

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