Rev. Amy Cantrell lives and moves and has her being in the intentional community, BeLoved Asheville. BeLoved is a community of people from the streets and margins who conspire to do justice and end oppression including homelessness, poverty, and racism by doing the works of love and mercy. The community’s life and work includes the Homeless Voice Project, Rise Up Studio artists collective, a declared sanctuary in the New Sanctuary movement, Elders Free Farmers Market, ROYGBIV transitional housing for people who are queer, transgendered, or others facing discrimination in the shelter system, and current campaign to Take Down Vance, a racist symbol at the center of the city. Amy lives with her partner; who twin daughters; fuzzy rescue dog, Klondyke; and six community members in Asheville, NC. She is a pastor in the Presbyterian Church, USA, was school educated at Columbia Theological Seminary and was street educated on Ponce de Leon Ave. in Atlanta at the Open Door Community and on Grove Street at BeLoved Asheville. She plays guitar, loves the color purple and following the wildly loving and radical Jesus. She was most recently arrested calling for a NC that shows compassion to the vulnerable at Moral Monday 7 with NAACP NC Moral Monday Movement and spoke as a moral witness at Moral Monday 13.
Our Stories of Home and Homelessness
There exist over 3,000 scriptures regarding God’s desire for Justice. What implications do these have in the way we live our lives? Do we meet Jesus in the streets, as s/he is hungry, abandoned, and alienated? This interactive story event will explore our narratives, ,a time of group reflection about home and homelessness, and a symbolic act towards action. In keeping with the theme of stirring the waters for healing, the session participants will explore issues together and urge one another on through a series of visual and interactive ceremonies to continue good work. Versandra, Amy, Bec, and others will share their own stories of home and homelessness.