Welcome to Circle of Mercy


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Circle of Mercy is a welcoming, inclusive, and celebrative community of believers. We are committed to spiritual formation that nurtures prayerful discernment, invites compassionate service, and prompts prophetic action. We believe that turning to God also means turning to the world—especially to its broken places—as agents of healing and hope. 

We are celebrating our 15th anniversary!
Circle of Mercy began on the first Sunday of Advent in 2001.  Founding co-pastors Joyce Hollyday, Ken Sehested and Nancy Hastings Sehested dreamed up the idea of this congregation while hiking in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Read more about COM's history HERE.
Join us this Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 for worship. We will welcome new members and companions, and current members will reaffirm our covenant to this the life of community.  After worship, we will have a potluck followed by a contra style dance (Dancers of all abilities are welcome.)

Where We Meet

We currently meet at 15 Overbrook Place, Asheville, NC 28805 (in East Asheville).   We share space with our sister congregration, Land of the Sky United Church of Christ.  Our worship services will continue to meet at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

We are a Peace Church

Believing that the life and teachings of Jesus call us to be active peacemakers and to reject violence, we have proclaimed Circle of Mercy a Peace Church. With this statement, members of Circle of Mercy Congregation declare our conversion to the reconciling work of Christ, which is our highest calling. Read our Peace Church Statement.

We are an

Open, Weloming & Affirming Congregation 

    Circle of Mercy is an open, welcoming, and affirming congregation, recognizing that all persons are created in the image of God with inherent dignity and worth.  Please read our welcoming statement. We support the missions of the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.

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