Through my experiences on the border, I hope that you will be able to walk in the shoes of migrants crossing from Central America and Mexico into the United States. What could you be called to do?
Rev. Patty Willis: After two decades on the western coast of Japan, my partner and I moved to nine acres of Sonoran Desert at the foot of the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona only thirty minutes from the U.S./Mexican border. The complications of life on the border drew me to study for the ministry and in 2008 I entered Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary in Richmond, Indiana. Contrary to my assumption that I was giving up storytelling to be a minister, I found that storytelling was at the heart of my ministry. From 2010, my theater work, Man from Magdalena, has funded over $150,000 in micro-loans to Central America and Mexico. In September of last year, my wife and I moved from Salt Lake City where I served a UU congregation for six years to Falls Church, Virginia. We love taking long walks with our dog Louie and studying the history of this part of the world.