Blogs by Members and Friends

Among the thinkers, writers, and activists who are members and friends of Circle of Mercy, several regularly post thought-provoking commentaries and reflections on the Internet. Their topics and concerns are as diverse as living with traumatic brain injury; issues of pastoral leadership; the intersections among the arts, popular culture, and biblical study; and activism for justice and peace; and more! We invite you to sample—and savor—their blogs using the links in the brief introductions that follow:

Rachel Jamieson

Circle of Mercy member Rachel Jamieson, a recent college graduate, is busily negotiating the challenges of her first years as a preschool teacher. Her insightful blog offers moving meditations and essays about the intersection between working for justice and peace and teaching young children.

Play and Peace: Musings on Early Childhood and Social Justice

Stan Dotson

Stan Dotson, is founding director of In Our Elements, a ministry through which he offers resources and services designed to help individuals and groups reach that creative space where they are doing what they love, while making their contributions to a better world. He is an educator, minister, curriculum designer, life coach, musician, writer, and community organizer. (

Daily Passages

This weekday blog that takes readers on “travels through sacred space.”

Free Ride

Stan’s Saturday blog offers musings on the concept of freedom found in lyrics of all genres of music.

Pod Castaways

This is a Sunday series of podcast interviews with people across a wide range of fields who are doing what they love.

Joyce Hollyday

Circle of Mercy co-pastor and author/activist Rev. Joyce Hollyday blogs monthly for the Canadian group, Seeking Community.   

Seeking Community


Marc Mullinax

Circle of Mercy member, Marc Mullinax, is blogging from South Korea through August 2013 while on a one-year teaching assignment at Ewha Woman's University in Seoul. Marc is on sabbatical from his position in the Religion Department of Mars Hill College.

All Korea Considered

Tamara Puffer

Tamara Puffer, a Presbyterian minister, sustained a traumatic brain injury in a 1996 automobile accident. She offers spiritual reflections on living with TBI at Noggin Notions.

Noggin Notions

Mahan Siler

Mahan Siler offers “a resource for leaders of congregations to practice their Christian calling in intentional community providing support collaboration, and accountability” through his Anam Cara ministry. Mahan blogs frequently with reflections on pastoral leadership issues.

Anam Cara