Joyce Hollyday is a co-founder and co-pastor of Circle of Mercy, an ecumenical congregation in Asheville, North Carolina. She is the author of several books, including Clothed with the Sun: Biblical Women, Social Justice, and Us and Then Shall Your Light Rise: Spiritual Formation and Social Witness. She was a founding member of Witness for Peace, a grassroots organization committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. She was formerly the Associate Editor for Sojourners.
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All of Us Are Sinners
On May 12, 1982, Thony Green woke about dawn to put on the coffee at the Open Door Community in Atlanta.
Touchstones of Remembrance
"Can we make this a ritual?" my then-9-year-old niece asked me.
We could not, so help us God, do otherwise
The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary
Finding a Way Out of the Brokenness
The assistant district attorney cleared the courtroom, while two sheriff's deputies searched the defendant. He was known to own 13 guns.
Grace Like a Balm
Anne Morrison Welsh remembers every detail of that day 30 years ago.
When Poverty is the Landscape
Invitations to Faith and Freedom
A Celebration of Friendship
'Yesterday, it was like fire on glass," says Mary Etta of the sunrise we missed. We had missed them all.
The Wild Ways of the Spirit
The Adventures of Robo-Bambi
There are many callings. Some people teach. Some people write. Some people sing operas, and some train dogs.
Journey Toward Joy
Receive the Mystery
A Journey With Biblical Women
We started at the beginning, with Eve.
Strength Through the Ages
The parallel stories of biblical and contemporary women.
Crimes and Obsessions
Im not sure why I turned on the television that Friday night. Mountains stand between me and most airwaves, and my old TV set tunes into only two channels.
The Nature of Things
My dog is a practitioner of nonviolent resistance. I know you don’t believe this, so I will explain. Last Thanksgiving, at the age of six weeks, she came to live with me on the 13-acre farm in the North Carolina mountains where I rent a small garage apartment.
I knew from Day Two that Savannah was more than just a blonde pup with long eyelashes and a perpetual smile. On her first venture down the porch steps, she fell on her nose and rolled. On her second day, she backed up, took a running start, and spread all four paws out as she lept off the top step—as if to convince herself that if she couldn’t walk down, she would fly. With great aplomb, she picked herself up and trotted on. That was the moment my love for her was sealed.
She has been a source of endless delight, gracing me with an abundance of gifts—companionship, affection, chunks of horse manure, dead snakes. With great pride she set at my feet one day a large, decomposing catfish head, the odor of which reached the far hollows of the county (emanating as it was from her fur, since she had joyfully rolled in it before sharing it with me).
But, sadly, despite her talents, Savannah quickly learned that she was not Miss Popularity on the farm. The horses stomped at her; the geese hissed at her; and the goats menacingly lowered their horns whenever she came near. The grumpy old cocker spaniel who lives in the farmhouse next door growled at her whenever she licked his face (which was several times a day); still, she lavished her unconditional love on him, unable to accept that anyone or anything could find her anything but absolutely lovable.
Small Reaches for Hope
I will never forget those faces. Wide-eyed. Frightened.
With Wide-Eyed Wonder
We gathered in the courtyard outside the First United Methodist Church in Brevard, North Carolina, just about dusk on Good Friday.
Dreams are the language of God, Im told. If thats the case, God has some wild ways of communicating.