Currently (Winter 2016-17):
- Acting as pastor of Love Wins Ministries – some people would consider us a homeless ministry, but we don’t.
- In spring of 2016, we split off our hospitality house for people experiencing homelessness into The Love Wins Community Engagement Center, where we seek to prove that the opposite of homelessness is community.
- I also write a weekly newsletter that sends you links every Monday to 5 beautiful things.
- I’m writing a short book – details in late winter 2017.
- Publishing a weekly column on Patheos.
- Occasionally, I’m blogging.
- Pursuing beautiful things.
- Working in my garden, dating my wife, playing with my cats.
- Back at Auburn Seminary for three days to meet with the Economic Justice cohort.
- Preached on MLK weekend at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, Calaifornia, and led a workshop on MLK day to discuss ways to build equitable relationships that can change the world.
- After a three and a half year struggle, the City of Raleigh approved the Oak City Center.
- Interviewed and quoted by the Raleigh News and Observer, over my response to the City Council approving the Oak City Center
- Quoted in The Independent Weekly about the funding approval for the Oak City Center
- Spent a week at Auburn Seminary in NYC to help plan a cohort on economic justice in 2017.
The official yada yada
I’m an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church USA, and I serve as pastor at Love Wins Ministries in Raleigh, NC, a worshiping community that provides pastoral care among the homeless and housing vulnerable community. I’m also the founder and executive director of the Love Wins Community Engagement Center, where we believe the opposite of homelessness is community.
During my spare time I write and speak extensively about relationships as the means of social change. I am also the publisher of The Hughsletter, a weekly newsletter that shares links to five beautiful things to start your week off right.
If you want to invite me to speak somewhere, follow the instructions on this page – otherwise, feel free to email me at hughlh at gmail. Most days I get more email than I can possibly respond to, but I read everything.
My wife Renee is a heart transplant recipient (August 12, 2015), and we live in a fixer-upper house in downtown Raleigh, along with two cats, four chickens and about 20,000 bees. When not working, I love to read (more than 200 books a year), go to the gym, and work in my garden.