I’m Hugh Hollowell, and I’m writing, preaching, publishing, and community organizing.

Current projects:

I’m the editor of a weekly newsletter about beauty, self care and sometimes, cats, called Life is So Beautiful. You can learn more, read past issues, and subscribe to it here.

There is a second newsletter that goes out to people who are part of my Membership team that makes my work possible. Its cleverly called Member’s Only.

I’m also a community organizer with Working Together Mississippi, where I help faith communities build the capacity to act on issues that are important to them.

I’m the pastor of Open Door Mennonite Church, a progressive & inclusive faith community in Jackson, MS

I have been blogging since 2003, most recently about building a good life in the Deep South.

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My family has lived in Mississippi for over 200 years, and I grew up where Appalachia hits the Mississippi Delta. I lived in Memphis TN in my 20’s, and then moved to Raleigh, NC, where I ran a faith based non-profit that focused on homelessness from a harm-reduction perspective. Eventually, I burned out, but here are some lessons I learned about how to take care of yourself when your world is on fire.

I currently live in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, MS, with my wife, six five chickens, and two spoiled cats. I dream of a better South and a better world for all of us.

Disagree with me? That’s fine. I’m fighting for your liberation, too.

Khakis over jeans, sour over sweet, cats over dogs, and coffee over tea. I don’t have a plan.

If you want to get in touch, go to this page.