Cristosal’s West Coast Swing
September was a busy month of travel for Cristosal’s Executive Director Noah Bullock. Board Member Bishop Greg Rickel (Olympia) hosted our board at the scenic Dumas Bay Center for a two-day executive committee meeting, Sept. 7-8. While in town, Noah met with a number of Cristosal donors and spoke on Sept. 5 at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
The theme of his talk there and throughout his West Coast swing was, “Why are they fleeing? Toward durable solutions to the forced migration crisis in Central America.” He gave audiences an update on Cristosal’s work, particularly in light of the July 13 Supreme Court ruling protecting victims, and tied it to the ongoing situation at our southern border.
After Seattle, Noah swung down to Northern California for a week, with stops at Christ Church, Los Altos; All Saints’, Palo Alto; Google headquarters in Mountain View; St. Aidan’s, San Francisco; St. Martin’s, Davis; a private reception in Chico; St. Mary’s, Napa; and Grace Church, St. Helena. Before heading back to San Salvador on Sept. 20, he also made a stop in the Los Angeles area, visiting All Saints, Pasadena, and St. Edmund’s, San Marino; meeting with youth parents at St. Cross, Hermosa Beach; and speaking with faculty and students at USC’s law school. Throughout his trip, Noah also met at several junctures with leadership donors, foundation officers, and human rights attorneys. (Rumor has it that he may even have found time to buy a new surf board!)
A huge thanks to the board members and volunteers who made this trip possible by hosting events and providing Noah with hospitality, especially Mona Armistead (Los Altos); Ann Lane, Jesse Ladomirak, and John Toccalino (Palo Alto); Naomi Roht-Arriaza (Albany); the Rev. Cameron Partridge, Barbara Stevenson, and the Rev. Richard Smith and Rob Tan (San Francisco); the Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan (Davis); Jim and Stephanie Gamble (St. Helena); the Rev. Robin Denney (Hermosa Beach); and Sheree and Brian Tyler (San Marino). This strong network of friendship and support is vital to Cristosal’s work—muchísimas gracias!