What I’ve been up to, well, recently.
Some of this is cool work I have been fortunate enough to do, and thus serves as my CV. Some of this is like a journal, so I remember later. And some of this is me wanting to have a link to share when people I have not seen recently say, “So, what have you been up to?”
- Represented Working Together Jackson at the press conference announcing the new payment plan we negotiated with the City to help protect the most vulnerable residents of Jackson.
- Led a Saturday workshop at Presbyterian New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs, NY on Radical Hospitality.
- And then preached there the following morning. (Sermon here)
- Attended the 3 day IAF Organizer Training in Woodworth, Louisiana.
- Was interviewed on the radio show Ask John on WMPR (90.1 FM) about Working Together Jackson’s negotiations with the city around the Water Billing Crisis.
- Had an opinion piece published – Creating a Radical City – in the Jackson Free Press.
- Appeared in the Jackson Free Press, in their annual Men We Love issue.
- Was asked to join the board of the Fondren Neighborhood Association
- Mennonite World Review wrote about Jackson City Farm and my work here.
- Officially announced the launching of Jackson City Farm, the nonprofit I am founding here in Jackson, MS
- Rebranded my weekly newsletter into Life is so Beautiful
- We bought a house!
- Installed as Community Pastor at Open Door Mennonite Church
- Moved to Jackson, MS
- After 11 years, had my last day at Love Wins.
- Announced that, after 11 years of inner-city ministry in Raleigh NC, we were moving to Jackson MS.
- Was a Critical Conversation Leader at the Montreat College Conference.
- Contributed to New Dawning Light, an Advent Journal for the homeless community of Wilmington, NC
- Attended the Red Letter Christian annual speakers retreat, led by Father Richard Rohr
- I presented my Framework for Understanding Homelessness at the Triad Case Manager’s Society’s Fall Conference.
- I began a Patreon account, where people who wish to support my work directly, can.
- I started The Hughscast, a weekly Facebook Live event that happens every Sunday night at 8:30Pm EST.
- Preached the Sunday Message at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, talking about what it means to be an ally of marginalized people.
- Preached the Sunday Message at Peace Covenant Church of the Brethren in Durham.
- I presented at the Triangle Case Manager’s Society’s Spring conference, where I sought to demonstrate that the opposite of homelessness is community.
- Was a Lenten Series speaker at Church of The Holy Family, where I spoke on how to build communities of resistance to the Powers That Be.
- Preached the Sunday Message at Raleigh Mennonite Church
- Spoke to the Just Faith class at St. Francis of Assisi parish, where we discussed systemic inequality and the Principalities and Powers.
- Launched the Sustaining Member program at The Hughsletter, where folks can choose to pay an optional $48 a year subscription in order to support the project.
- 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.
Thanks for your interest.