…the site of Alex Joyner, an eclectic practitioner of trades and formed by faith and region.
…a collection point for writing, news, and sharing on life and ministry in contemporary America.
Alex Joyner is…
…a Virginian who has spent significant time in Texas and Great Britain.
…a writer of a number of publications.
…a pastor in the United Methodist tradition, currently serving in Charlottesville, Virginia.
We call this land ‘The Heartland,’ and that speaks to the mythical role of the vast landscapes that frame the American experience. That heart speaks in our national literature from Mark Twain to Flannery O’Conner to James McBride. But The Heartland is not monolithic, and it is not reducible to ‘red state’ ideology, gauzy country music imagery, or even the outlaw progressivism of Willie Nelson. It is vibrant, changing, diverse. Hence, the plural in the title. These are Heartlands that offer contrasting visions of who we are and what we could be.
This site is an online watering hole for those seeking nourishment and refreshment as they travel through the land. It’s a place to share ideas and insight, to learn about books and poetry—old and new, and to catch a glimpse of what ministry looks like in this emerging age.
Is it theological? Yes. Is it meant just for ‘church folks’? No. It’s as broad and scattered as I am. But if you are as homesick as I am for a new day, perhaps we’ll share this spot for a while and dream a little.
For a little more on the dream of this site try this post.
A book that speaks to my soul: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
A place that speaks to my soul: Archer City, Texas
Musical taste: Singer-songwriters, Delta blues, and Celtic music
Favorite movie: A close tie between The Commitments & The Wizard of Oz
First real job: Radio news director
Interests: Kayaking, baseball, and boxing