By Rosemary Feerick INTRODUCTION For the past two years, Wisdom & Money has been developing a transformative journey program. Aware that traveling to another culture can be a powerful way to open our minds and hearts, we have been trying to create a journey experience that would inspire people to […]Read More
Dancing into Unity: A Journey to Rwanda
By Rosemary FeerickINTRODUCTION For the past two years, Wisdom & Money has been developing a transformative journey program. Aware that traveling to another culture can be a powerful way to open our minds and hearts, we have been trying to create a journey experience that would inspire people to work to create unity. Our organizational vision describes unity as “communities in which people of all genders, faiths, races, cultures are able to work, celebrate, and worship in their unique particularity together.” Theologically, we are inspired in this pursuit by St. Paul’s vision of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12) and by the Jesuit mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s vision of humanity coming together in a way does not collapse difference, but embraces it as essential to the wellbeing of the whole. Rwanda is a wonderful destination for such a journey because we already have relationships there with Reverend Philbert Kalisa and his ministry of reconciliation and unity called REACH. Steve and Philbert met years ago at a gathering of African and American church leaders and immediately recognized each other as brothers. They developed a friendship thatstarted with prayer and became a partnership in which money served a shared vision. Of course, both were aware that money moving from the United States to African projects is full of potential pitfalls, as philanthropy can easily become a modern expression of colonial power dynamics. They wondered if it was possible to do something different. Was itpossible to talk openly about money and power dynamics and still move forward as friends and partners? For more than ten years, Steve and Philbert have been walking that path together. In addition, a few years ago Steve invited his Wisdom & Money circle to fund a REACH Unity project. On one ofSteve’s trips to Rwanda, he and Caroline, another member of the Wisdom & Money circle, witnessed thegraduation of a group of women who had been through REACH’s reconciliation process. The women wanted to form a cooperative soap making business as a Unity Group. Steve invited the Boston Circle to make a group gift to REACH as start up funding for that business. The circle did so, and that process was profoundly healing for members of that circle (see John and Helen Daly’s interviews on our website). Because of these relationships, we decided to explore whether a journey to Rwanda would be an appropriate Wisdom & Money program. In February 2017 and October 2018, we organized two “pilot” journeys to Rwanda. This newsletter shares some of my reflections from those journeys. Our next newsletter will share stories from other participants, including gina Breedlove, Roddy Cardamone, and Steven Bonsey. They will also share thoughts on bringing their learnings about unity back to the United States. We offer these contemplations as invitations to ponder unity. We also share them as an invitation to join us on our next trip to Rwanda in June 2020...
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Rose Feerick When I graduated from college, I received a portfolio and I understood that I was rich. At that point, I had enough Christian formation to know that Jesus talked about economics. I had heard the stories in church from the time I was a child and I had […]Read More
Nancy Thurston, Board Chair My doorway into this work started the year I turned 30, when I went to a Ministry of Money workshop in 1984. The words “ministry of money” meant nothing to me. But I spent the whole time in tears because for the first time I understood […]Read More
In January 2017 I began a survey of organizations to determine where we fit in the broader field of moving money in alignment with the Spirit for social justice. I gathered with organizations that worked with faith and social justice; with donor organizations dedicated to progressive philanthropy and impact investing; […]Read More
By Rosemary Feerick Earlier this year, Wisdom & Money celebrated its second birthday. During these first two years, we have devoted significant time and energy to creating our organizational structures. For us, this “behind the scenes” dimension is integral to our mission because we understand that “how” we work is […]Read More
The following sermon was offered by Rose Feerick at Pescadero Community Church on December 9, 2018. Readings: Luke 3:1-6 Chant: Prepare Ye Luke 1:39-55 “If You Want” A Poem by Saint John of the Cross During Advent, my primary spiritual practice involves getting up before dawn so I […]Read More
Wisdom & Money’s Board of DIrectors met on December 12 to set our 2019 plan and budget. Details Retreats We will continue to gather our established Circles: the Bay Area Circle, the Boston Circle, and the Generational Women’s Circle. We will plan a second annual All Network retreat, place […]Read More
The turkeys are grazing on the lawn outside, having breakfast in silence. From time to time, one raises its head, mindful of my presence. They are circling the farmhouse, slowly. I have been watching them all weekend. In Native American spirituality, turkeys are a sign of generosity — as in potlatch […]Read More
I first had a sense of assistance from the other side when my maternal grandmother died. Along with my father, she had been for me an example of a life well prayed. I remember receiving a note from her in my freshman year at college. She told me that she […]Read More
by Rose Feerick with Steven Bonsey Download a pdf of this interview here. When I first started spending Christmas at the New Camaldoli Hermitage on the Big Sur Coast, I was fascinated by Father Bruno Barnhart. He was an older monk who spoke just above a whisper and yet who articulated […]Read More