News and Updates

August 25, 2023

NC Stage Community at Haywood Street on Tuesday to Present "Antigone"

The NC Stage Community is hosting a community Tour of Sophocles' "Antigone" at Haywood Street this Tuesday, August 29th at 1:00 pm.

The mission of the Community Tour is to bring dynamic performances to audiences who experience barriers to attending live theatre, such as homeless shelters, correctional facilities, community centers, low-income senior centers, and other locations throughout rural Western North Carolina. 

Learn more HERE.

The story: In the aftermath of a civil war pitting brother against brother, the new king of Thebes has lost two nephews in battle. He announces celebratory funeral rites for the brother he deems a hero and orders public disgrace for the brother thought a traitor. The story follows their sister, Antigone, as she defies the commands of her uncle to properly bury the body of her brother in a stand for human dignity above man-made laws.

Story Circle Beginning Soon

Haywood Street is convinced that one of the things lacking in our society is the opportunity for connection with others. Knowing that transparency, proximity, and vulnerability are necessary for relationships to grow, Haywood Street is partnering with the local non-profit SeekHealing, as we start up our Story Circle once more.

Having a complimentary mission to Haywood Street, SeekHealing is a grassroots “social health” project to facilitate experiences of meaningful human connection between neighbors." In this aspect, they will provide training opportunities for folks who are interested in facilitating the Story Circle at Haywood Street.

The next in-person training opportunity will be September 9-10 at SeekHealing's Asheville location. Sign up HERE, or reach out to Lead Storyteller, Melanee, at

Furthermore, if you'd like to support the start-up of this ministry in other ways, please contact our Director of Development, Lorili, at

Overdose Awareness Day August 31st

If you're grieving the death of a loved one from an overdose experience, know that you're not alone.

Join Haywood Street, Sunrise, WNCAP Harm Reduction, and SeekHealing for Overdose Awareness Day on Thursday, August 31st, from 4 PM-7 PM at the Carrier Park Pavilion.

This free community event will reflect and remember those we've lost through overdose. Please feel free to bring a small memento to temporarily add to a remembrance altar.

Companion Training and Gathering on Thursday

On Thursday, August 31 at 1:00, join us for a companion luncheon & training in the main dining room. 

This training will focus on the new Patio being incorporated into the DWT, our theology, and more! All companions are encouraged to join!

Companion Orientation On Monday, September 11th

The next companion orientation will be Monday, September 11th at 5:00. We'll meet in the sanctuary. Please invite your friends and family to join if they are interested in becoming a companion!

Haywood Street Community Development Update

We're excited to announce that on Tuesday evening, Asheville City Council approved the revised plans for our housing project!

Passing this critical step means we are able to move forward with the hope of breaking ground before the year end. Thank you all for your support and encouragement!

Learn more about the changes and the project HERE.

On-going opportunities to participate at the Welcome Table:

  • Have a meal! - Join us on Sunday or Wednesday to enjoy a meal with our community!

  • Dining Room Clean Up - As always, clean up is one of the places that we need companion support. We promise to make it fun! On Sundays, we need companions from 10:00-12:00, and on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00

  • Kitchen Clean-Up - On Sundays from 10:00-12:00 and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00, we would love for a couple of companions to help us clean up the kitchen and help serve the folks who come in during that time for a meal. You can sign up for this role on the sign-up sheet below!
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Haywood Street in Photos

Some progress is being made on the outdoor patio.

Repair is underway on the men's bathroom. Thank you all for your patience as we have navigated the challenging bathroom situation over the past couple of months.

Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers were at work again on Tuesday morning.

It's always nice to have our friends share their talent with us.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at 12:30 in the sanctuary

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:30 in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Wednesday Card Making: 8:30 am in the Sanctuary. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Grief Support Group: Tuesdays from 11 am-12 pm in the community room. We’ll strive towards healing together through relationship with each other.

Weekly Sermons

Read each week's sermon and previous sermons on the stories and sermons page of the website.

Community Resources

Click below to see a list of places in the community to donate and find clothes, and when recovery meetings are held.

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Fresco Viewing Hours:

Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

By appointment, contact April at


'Reparations are Due' Pledge

By Cythera Wilkerson

I have deep gratitude for the home I have found at the Haywood Street Congregation: a space that centers love and compassion and supports access to basic needs. A space that shares a commitment to justice and creates room for curiosity and stewardship where justice is lacking. I am eternally grateful for the home that greets me each time I walk through these doors.

Another space of home that I have found in Asheville is the Racial Justice Coalition (RJC). I am learning that systems of oppression shape Asheville’s past and present. Enslaved people built many of the buildings, roads, and railways that allow this area to thrive. When it was no longer legal to enslave Black people, and they built communities in areas like Eagle Street, governmental actions like urban renewal and the shuttering of Stephens Lee High School–among a wide array of other practices–limited access to education and destroyed generational wealth. (A great summary can be found here.) This harm persists today with persistent opportunity gaps for Black pupils and ongoing disparities between Black and White homeownership.

In both of these spaces of home, I listen and learn about lives that are different than my own. I learn about ways that I have been a part of systems, often unconsciously, that have contributed to harming individuals, families, and communities. And because I am a factor in the problems that Haywood Street and RJC confront, I can also be part of the solution. My faith guides me to do so.

My faith centers on justice. My faith centers on ways that we can support each other by learning and listening and opening up to the history that our families have been a part of and that we are living into with our own choices and actions. Justice includes repair when harm has been committed. In response to growing awareness of historical harms, Asheville and Buncombe County each committed to a process of reparations to the Black communities harmed by government actions. I support this process, which is underway. And I hope to be in conversation with those of you who are curious about this process also. 

The energy of a group like Haywood Street is what allows change to take place. Haywood Street Congregation came to be because a need was identified, and the community came together to work to address this need. The Racial Justice Coalition is doing this also. Haywood Street did not begin with certainty around outcomes but rather faith in change. The RJC is offering us the opportunity to make a Pledge of support for the recommendations that the Reparations Commission will soon propose. Centering those who have been harmed and putting faith in their understanding of what must change can begin to repair this harm. I have faith in this process, and I have signed the Pledge. I invite you to consider signing it also.

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A witness to include the most excluded, Haywood Street not only welcomes every child of God–especially sisters and brothers of every mental illness and physical disability, addiction and diagnosis, living condition and employment status, gender identity and sexual orientation, class, color, and creed–but we celebrate your presence, certain that the kingdom of God is coming closer because you are here.