Many moons ago, I wrote a piece whilst training for ordination called Vulnerable Foolishness. It was 20000 words long. I was not doing any course. The Queen’s Foundation were very enlightened and allowed me not to pursue an academic qualification, given that I already had a PhD. That said, it meant I just wrote far more than I needed too.
I still think there is much in the work of a 21st Century priest, pastor or evangelist that is quite foolish or more pertinently in common with the Jester. At my best, I am able to speak up on behalf of those who are not listened to. It is about speaking truth to those with power.
I am not sure we are usually good at it, and an example of it not happening occurred during a recent state visit to Britain.