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. My wife and I, along with our two cats, four chickens and a gazillion houseplants live in a mid-century ranch house in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, MS.
Currently, I serve as the Community Pastor at Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson and have done since July of 2018. My main work there has been helping them build out their Peace and Justice Center over the pandemic, as well as a nascent Community Farm project the pandemic put mostly on hiatus for now.
About six years ago I started publishing a weekly newsletter called Life is So Beautiful, where each Monday I write a short reflection on beauty and where I see it in the world, and include links to five beautiful things. Some people like it. It’s free, and you should subscribe.
My main passion is gardening, and to keep track of my half-acre wildlife-friendly cottage garden, I just started a website to journal what I’m doing there. You can follow along.
Most of my writing over the last few years has moved to a more holistic view that centers around how we live a good life. Since August I have been blogging about that over at Humidity and Hope, which is now my main blog. In September we added a weekly Friday newsletter, which links to everything I wrote that week as well as other things I find interesting. In the first week, we had over 500 subscribers, so it seems some folks like it, too. You can subscribe to it here.