A Welcoming Table - The Haywood Street Congregation on Transformational Ministries

Check out the newest post in our Transformational Ministries blog series, a profile of the Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, North Carolina! Transformational Ministries lifts up stories, testimonies and best practices of Transformational Ministries--living examples of ministry with and alongside the poor and dispossessed. 

How can your church or ministry learn from Haywood Street's vibrant Ministry with the Poor and apply its lessons to your own context? Read the excerpt below to learn more about Haywood Street, and click here to read the rest!


At Haywood Street, “Table” is the central metaphor. Those who eat and worship together at the church are individuals carrying all their worldly possessions in ragged backpacks as well as privileged professionals, stay-at-home moms, students and the working poor.

Through the biblical welcome of Haywood Street’s many tables–altar table, dinner table, meeting table, or picnic table–relationships blossom that allow a diverse congregation to gather as one. Haywood Street practices a form of radical hospitality that welcomes everyone, regardless of their status or economic situation, and invites them to share their gifts with the community . . .

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Nicholas Laccetti and Mary Ellen Kris

Nicholas Laccetti is the Ministry with the Poor communicator, based out of the offices of the General Board for Global Ministries in New York City. Since May 2010 Mary Ellen Kris has been under contract with Global Ministries to support, interpret and promote the Ministry with the Poor Area of Focus of the United Methodist Church, collaborating with others throughout the UMC who are seeking to transform how the church and its members understand and relate to poverty.

About This Blog

Read and comment on a range of personal reflections and perspectives about poverty and Ministry with the Poor. Our goal is to attract diverse voices and points of view from United Methodists and friends, including people and communities living in conditions of poverty, other experts, religious leaders, community organizers, advocates, policy makers, volunteers, and all engaged in Ministry with the Poor.


  1. Justice
  2. transformation
  3. economic justice
  4. women
  5. inclusive
  6. Eradication of Poverty
  7. relational
  8. living on the margins
  9. missionary
  10. hunger
  11. Privilege
  12. global health
  13. Income Inequality
  14. Transformational
  15. General Board of Global Ministries
  16. Companionship
  17. reconciliation
  18. gender
  19. Jim Crow Laws
  20. Economic Security
  21. Health Care
  22. food justice
  23. prayer
  24. Leadership Development
  25. outsider