Our Stories

Greg Yost shared his reasons for participating, with daughter Anna Farlessyost, in the Walk for Our Grandchildren climate actions in July 2013. The story was published online by the Chesapeake Climate Change Network.

On Monday, May 20, a group of religious leaders held a press conference in front of the Asheville courthouse, to protest state budget cuts. Circle of Mercy co-pastor Joyce Hollyday offered the following statement: Press Statement

Ken Sehested shares the address he presented at the Coalition for Baptist Princdiples Breakfast, American Baptist Churches USA Biennial, June 21-23, Overland Park, Kansas.
 
In observance of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq (March 19, 2013), Ken Sehested shares letters exchanged with a young member of our congregation at the time of the invasion. He was a member of an international group of peacemakers who demonstrated opposition to the invasion at the Iraq border.
       Journey to Iraq/Letters to Caitlin

Tim Nolan discusses immigration policy and for-profit incarceration and exploitation of undocumented immigrants in an opinion piece published in the Asheville Citizen-Times online, December 8, 2011.
        Prison Profit Problem
 
Cuban theologian and professor Francisco Rodes G., reflects on the moving story of a 16th-century friar, on mission in the Americas at the time of the Spanish Conquest, who mounted the pulpit and spoke truth to power in a way that reverberates across the ages: 
 
Greg Yost of Circle of Mercy is an environmental activist whose action in opposition to mountaintop-removel coal mining is described in this article by Joyce Hollyday for Baptist Peacemaker, January-March 2010, pp. 12-13.
 
Co-pastor Joyce Hollyday receives a press award for her report on the witness against mountaintop-removal coal mining.
 
Mark Siler of Circle of Mercy, lived with his family in Cuba for 9 months in 2010-2011, joining with the Rev. Paco Rodes to establish and teach a new countrywide training course in prison chaplaincy. Read a report about the graduation of the first class of 87 prison chaplains.
 
Will Farlessyost reflects on his experiences as a member of a Witness for Peace youth delegation to Nicaragua, Summer 2011.
 
Ken Sehested reflects on the killing of Osama bin Laden.
 
Ken Sehested served as one of 70 commissioners representing 50 organizations of religious, veteran, legal, and medical professionals who met in New York at Riverside Church on March 21 and 22, 2010, for the Truth Commission on Conscience in War. His opinion piece on the event appeared in The Washington Post.
 
Tim Nolan participated in an action on January 11, 2007, to protest torture of detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo. the following articles discuss that event and the trial that followed.
 
Marc Mullinax discusses his views on the Christian call and homosexuality in a 2005 interview he gave to a student reporter for the Mars Hill College newspaper, The Hilltop.
        Campus Christians Discuss Same-Sex Issues by Joshua Boatwright
 
Kim Christman participated, along with Annika Williams, in a 70-mile desert walk to draw attention to the plight of immigrants.
 
Linda Mashburn chose to "cross the line" onto Fort Benning (GA) property during an annual demonstration demanding closure of the notorious "School of the Americas" training ground for members of South American military forces who have then brutalized their own countrymen. For their participation in this protest action, Linda and several companions faced trial, and Linda served a three-month sentence in the federal prison for women at Alderson, WV.
 
These reflections are offered by members of our Circle who have traveled to visit our partner congregation, Iglesia Getsemani, in Camaguey, Cuba.
        Returning Through U.S. Customs by Susanne Walker Wilson
        Cuba Travel 2008
 
As a faith community, we take united actions seeking justice and pursuing peace.
        Helpmate
        Saint Nicholas' Day
        Tax Rebate Statement
        We Say No
 
Stephen Buys, age 12, traveled to Colombia in the summer of 2010 with his dad, Matt, and brother, Zach, to visit the Walker-Wilson Family at their mission site in Bogota. He offered these reflections on the experience during the children's portion of worship on Sunday, June 27.
 
Circle of Mercy was the first organization in our area to be certified as a living wage employer through Just Economics' Living Wage Campaign.
 
Marc Mullinax wrote this profile of Circle of Mercy several years ago for the Asheville Daily Planet.