Joyce Hollyday is a co-founder and co-pastor of Circle of Mercy, an ecumenical congregation in Asheville, North Carolina. Her most recent book, Pillar of Fire, is a historical novel that celebrates the extraordinary witness of the medieval mystics known as Beguines. She is the author of other 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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More Or Less Cooking

by Joyce Hollyday 07-01-1980

It showed up in our refrigerator one day—round and pink and wrapped in plastic stamped "Bologna." It stayed there for almost a week, and no one was quite sure how it got there.

Toward One Freedom

by Joyce Hollyday 07-01-1980

The year was 1852, the place Akron, Ohio.

A Scandalous Life Of Faith

by Joyce Hollyday 12-01-1979

The birth that transformed the world came quietly upon us in the barren chill of a stable, and its meaning was not fully realized until the violent death-event on a cross 33 years later.

Awakening on Belmont Street

by Joyce Hollyday 08-01-1979
The Community of Hope

Chocolate-Covered Comfort

by Joyce Hollyday 04-01-1979

I was the first one awake in my household last Easter morning. With resurrection enthusiasm, I had decided to fix breakfast for the rest of the family. It was cold in our basement kitchen.