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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The Newest Sojourners

by Joyce Hollyday 02-01-1986

"It's a baby woman!"

Art Brown

by Joyce Hollyday 12-01-1985

Art Brown was showing me his art work.

Celebrating the First 10 Years

by Joyce Hollyday 11-01-1985

Sojourners Community's celebration of its first 10 years in Washington, D.C.

Kindred Spirits

An interview with Jean Vanier.

Enduring Faith

by Joyce Hollyday 06-01-1985

"I know how to play soccer," he whispered--his first words to his great-great-aunt.

Roots of Prayer, Winds of Change

by Joyce Hollyday 06-01-1985

The Benedictine sisters of Erie.

Bringing out the Press

by Joyce Hollyday 05-01-1985

We do what we do because we want to be faithful.

Heart Attacks and Clean Hearts

by Joyce Hollyday 04-01-1985

An emergency room attendant offered us the precious gift of five minutes with Millie.

Conspiracy of Compassion: Four Indicted Leaders Discuss the Sanctuary Movement

by Jim Wallis, by Joyce Hollyday 03-01-1985

Interview with Stacey Lynn Merkt, Jim Corbett, John Fife, and Phil Willis-Conger.

Joy in the Face of Indictment

by Joyce Hollyday 03-01-1985

Church workers are offering sanctuary to Central American refugees.

Food for the Journey

by Joyce Hollyday 01-01-1985

Our lives are a pilgrimage.

An Open Door in Atlanta

by Joyce Hollyday 01-01-1985

Making community with homeless people and prisoners.

With Rested and Joyful Souls

by Joyce Hollyday 12-01-1984

Meditations for Advent.

Bridging The Distance

by Joyce Hollyday 11-01-1984

I must begin with a confession—one that perhaps many of us could make.

An Epidemic Of Violence

by Joyce Hollyday 11-01-1984
Manifestations of violence against women

At a women's meeting in Sojourners Community a few years ago, we were discussing the vulnerability that we feel as women in an inner-city Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

"It's easiest to be friendly to children, and also easy to be warm to women and older people. But when I see a young man coming toward me, I feel myself closing in. I'm never sure whether to smile or speak or look right past him. I usually just look at the ground."

This comment got us sharing with one another the encounters that had brought us face to face with our own fears and powerlessness, and which had left us with a lamentable posture of vigilance in a neighborhood that we call home.

Each of us had experienced verbal assaults on the street. Some of these were violent, others couched as invitations—and all were aimed at our integrity.

Some women spoke of places that still held fearful memories: a bus stop where an exhibitionist once approached, a bank of shrubbery from which a man shouting obscenities emerged, a corner on which an attempted rape was fought off. We shared experiences from other times and settings: an inappropriate examination by a male doctor in the D.C. jail after a peace witness arrest, sexual advances from a college professor, a rape in an apartment and another behind a house. And we added to our own experiences those of other women we knew.

A Law unto Themselves

by Joyce Hollyday 05-01-1984

The story of a mining disaster.

The Stuff of Life

by Joyce Hollyday 05-01-1984

A visit to the Bruderhof.

Rain or Shine

by Joyce Hollyday 04-01-1984

The rain fell in steady streams. The forecast said rain through the night and into Easter morning.

'She Took Real Good Care Of Me ...'

by Joyce Hollyday 03-01-1984

Toni walked into my life on Good Friday.

The Long Road To Jalapa

by Joyce Hollyday 02-01-1984

Tragedy and hope in Nicaragua.