I’m Hugh, and I have been building inclusive communities for more than 15 years now. I also like to write and speak about how we can use community to build a better world for all of us.

Currently, I serve as the Community Pastor at Open Door Mennonite Church. I am also an independent writer working on a number of projects, including:

  • A weekly newsletter where you get links to five things I thought were beautiful, and a short essay about where I found beauty in the world that week. The premise is that the world is both ugly and beautiful, but the beauty is often hidden.
  • A daily blog, where I’m documenting what it means to try to build a better world in my context, here in the Deep South.
  • Another weekly newsletter, this one much more personal, where I send links to everything I wrote that week (including all the blog posts) as well as other weirdness I have come across and things I want you to know.

Before moving to Jackson to serve at Open Door, I was the founding pastor of Love Wins Ministries, a progressive faith community in Raleigh, NC for eleven years, as well as the founder of the Love Wins Community Engagement Center, which was a day shelter dedicated to providing a safe place for people experiencing homelessness to belong.

My writing has been published in The Washington Post, Ethics Daily, and The Huffington Post, among other places. Profiles of my work have appeared in venues ranging from NPR’s Morning Edition to Fox News and The Christian Century. I have lectured or presented in a wide range of settings, from Duke University to Antioch College and The Wild Goose Festival.

I currently live in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, MS with my wife and two very spoiled cats.

If you want to get in touch, email me at hughlh@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by.