The Common Good

Articles By Joyce Hollyday

It's time for a new relationship with Cuba.
Word and World : Tucson, Arizona : Nov. 9-16, 2002
Once upon a time, I lived on a farm in the mountains of western North Carolina. I had a garden...of sorts.
room of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission burst open. The parents of Amy Biehl walk in, surrounded by reporters, microphones, and cameras.
"From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view....This is from God, who...has given us the ministry of reconciliation."— 2 Corinthians 5:16, 18
A Middle East reflection
When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under...
Four water cannons. Two vicious dogs. Six armored personnel carriers. A score of police.
It had been several years since I'd visited New York City.
I live encircled by an eruv—though for weeks it was invisible to my eyes. I would not have known what I was seeing, had I noticed it.
Wesley Woods is a United Methodist retirement high-rise in my Atlanta neighborhood.
It feels "normal" again in Atlanta, whatever that means.
It may be the most creative thing that’s ever happened in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
A Georgia community provides a place at the welcome table.
It may be the most creative thing that’s ever happened in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta.
She lays her smooth head in her mother's lap. Then she folds her long leg-long for a 9-year-old-under herself, hiding the pink satin ballet slipper on her foot.
I did not expect a great blue heron to visit my neighborhood in northeast Atlanta.
On May 12, 1982, Thony Green woke about dawn to put on the coffee at the Open Door Community in Atlanta.
"Can we make this a ritual?" my then-9-year-old niece asked me.
The assistant district attorney cleared the courtroom, while two sheriff's deputies searched the defendant. He was known to own 13 guns.
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (September 3 - October 29)
Anne Morrison Welsh remembers every detail of that day 30 years ago.
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (July 2 - August 27, 1995)
An inner-city physician's honest struggles.
'Yesterday, it was like fire on glass," says Mary Etta of the sunrise we missed. We had missed them all.
Reflections on the common lectionary (May 7 - June 25, 1995)
There are many callings. Some people teach. Some people write. Some people sing operas, and some train dogs.
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (February 19 - April 30, 1995)
Reflections on the revised common lectionary (November 27 - February 12, 1995)
The parallel stories of biblical and contemporary women.
We started at the beginning, with Eve.
I’m 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.
My dog is a practitioner of nonviolent resistance. I know you don’t believe this, so I will explain.
I will never forget those faces. Wide-eyed. Frightened.
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, I’m told. If that’s the case, God has some wild ways of communicating.
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As we prepare once more to commemorate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., and to celebrate Black History Month, I am grateful to have encountered the Delany sisters.
A full moon. A plunge in temperature. Transylvania County, North Carolina. Conditions were just right for Halloween...
Women across the globe unite against the violence that is taking away their loved ones.
'Kids'-Eye View'
It was a decade ago that several members of Sojourners Community temporarily moved into an apartment building with a neighborhood family to try to preserve six low-income apartments there.