Thank you, 2021
Building hope in a fractured world.
Thank you all so much for 2021.
I don't know about your 2021, but mine comes to a close covered in snow. Big, fluffy snowflakes started falling late on Christmas Eve and for days now a blanket of white greets us at every window. In Oregon, a drought and fire plagued state, this snow should be a welcome relief. And it is. Yet I also know that our earth in 2021 has moved into an unpredictable climate. Though we lift gratitude for the snowy mountains, how long the snow will stay is far from certain. This is not the 'snowpack' of 100 years ago.
Many of you know I incorporated a non-profit, Circle Faith Future, in December 2019--right before COVID-19. The lockdowns meant a pivot to outreach online. In the spirit of collaboration and with like minded people I have been so grateful to be part of Faiths4Future and the Climate Cafe Multifaith. Thank you all for your part in this network. I believe the relationships we build are a bulwark to ward off burnout, to galvanize strength, build capacity, and empower many voices to speak to the moral imperative we face.
I have done this as a volunteer. Yet the reality is to do this work I need help. Funding is an ever present necessity for small nonprofits like Circle Faith Future. Our active programs address youth incarceration and climate change, and the gifts of time and money are what makes those programs possible.
Thank you for all the ways you have participated in the strengthening of the climate change community this year. Your donation is tax deductible (subject to law) as we are a 501 3c organization. I recognize there are many good causes worthy of your contribution. I hope you will consider Circle Faith Future to be among them.
Circle Faith Future has two main programs at start-up. The first is working as a chaplaincy for incarcerated youth in two facilities in King County, WA. The other is addressing climate change. At our core we address disconnection. We recognize there is a deep disconnection at the root of many harms and injustices. We are disconnected from ourselves, from each other, and from the planet. Your donation supports work to heal and reconnect, through educational workshops, conversations, trauma work, and relationship building.
Thank you so much for so many good ideas, stories, presentations, and friendships this year. I am looking forward to 2022.
Rev. Richenda Fairhurst
Organizing Director and Steward of Creation, Circle Faith Future