May 4 BeHolden All Things New


Week of May 4 | Holden 2020 | Sustenance for our journey

Masks. And words from Alan Storey.

ChuckPegMasks200.jpgThis week we sport masks made in the village by Kelly Mork and Angela Mietzke. If you would like to order one, email the Holden Store. All proceeds go to supporting the village this summer. If you’d like a peek into what it’s like to shelter and social-distance in the village chalets, check out HOLDEN VOICES. Holden Village is under the same mandate as all of Washington State. Remote does not matter in this case.

In this issue of All Things New you will find several treasures from Alan Storey. Many of you know him as a profound prophetic voice from South Africa, inspired by Dan Erlander, and a friend the village. You will find his Easter and COVID-19 sermon, a podcast from 2018 and two classes from the village archives.

Wherever you may be reading this from, we hope that you find inspiration and sustenance for these days of uncertainty. May you be safe, may you be well, and may you be held in love.

With good courage,

Peg Carlson-Hoffman + Chuck Hoffman
Co-Executive Directors

Alan Story

Easter as Exodus

By Alan Storey, Methodist Pastor from Cape Town, South Africa

Today a plague is sweeping the world. It is stealing our breath – reminding us of the futility of our borders and boots we use to patrol them and the bombs we use to punish those who transgress them. A plague that makes a mockery of our selfish individualism by writing our illusion of independence into law: “You will not socialise.” A plague that has forced human retreat. In response all creation rejoices. The dolphins dance and the birds sing in blue sky. This is the great humbling of humanity. We are the problem. READ THE FULL STORY (PDF)

AlanStorey200.jpgAlan is a Gospel storyteller located in Cape Town, South Africa. He was the last conscientious objector brought to trial in Apartheid South Africa for refusing military conscription. Alan specializes in facilitating Diversity Engagement Encounters. These encounters expose entrenched dynamics of power, privilege and prejudice, and attempt to heal the divisions that still divide us.


Holden Voices featuring Alan Storey

Podcast – The WIdow

Podcast150.jpgFor more than five decades, teachers, scholars and artists from all disciplines have given time and spirit to come to this place in the wilderness. More than 17,000 recordings have been faithfully recorded by Village volunteers constituting a collection of great breadth and importance. LISTEN NOW

Audio Archive – In the Silence and the Earthquake

AudioArchive175.jpg"The land doesn't lie. Unjust policies, exploitative policies – the creation carries the consequences of our corruption. The earth exposes our abuse. Climate chaos today reminds us that we are one. The climate doesn't care what country you come from, what flag you fly, what anthem you sing. It doesn't respect your religion, your language, your class, your denomination. We are one. Thus declares the earth. Our greed will kill us. To live without limits is to die." LISTEN NOW

Audio Archive – Facing Fascism Fully

AudioArchive175.jpg"If we are going to be faithful to this moment, we need to remember we are beloved and known. Everything we are fighting for out there we are complicit with within, but we are still beloved. The person we are resisting out there is also beloved. We need to resist in a way that affirms their baptism and lives out ours." LISTEN NOW

Book Recommendations from Alan Storey

HopeInTheDark150.jpghope in the Dark

By Rebecca Solnit
Hope in the Dark was written to counter the despair of radicals at a moment when they were focused on their losses and had turned their back to the victories behind them—and the unimaginable changes soon to come. In it, she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable.


TheComingPlague150.pngThe Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance

By Laurie Garrett
Based on extensive interviews with leading experts in virology, molecular biology, disease ecology and medicine, as well as field research in sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Central America and the United States. The Coming Plague takes readers from the savannas of eastern Bolivia to the rain forests of northern Zaire on a harrowing, fifty-year journey through our battles with the microbes, and tells us what must be done to prevent the coming plague.


Spirit of the living God, come and grow our faith
Deepen our hope, strengthen our love
And water within us the desire to be your faithful family forever. Amen.
— Alan Storey —

BeHoldenPhoto5.4.20_500.jpgPhoto by Chuck Hoffman

This series, All Things New, will explore in part the conversation originally scheduled for summer. In this new world we all inhabit, may you find sustenance for your journey.