Rev. Amy Cantrell
Rev. Amy Cantrell lives and moves and has her being in the intentional community, BeLoved Asheville. BeLoved is a community of people from the streets and margins who conspire to do justice and end oppression, including homelessness, poverty, and racism, by doing the works of love and mercy. The community’s life and work includes the Homeless Voice Project, Rise Up Studio artists collective, a declared sanctuary in the New Sanctuary movement, Elders Free Farmers Market, building community gardens, Homeless Street Medic Team and campaigns around Housing Not Handcuffs, no Federal Cuts to housing, anti-gentrification, food justice, and the uprooting of systemic racism including their symbols. BeLoved also has the honor of being named one of ten Peace Communities by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Amy shares her work with the BeLoved core team (Adrienne Sigmon and Ponkho Bermejo) who together coordinate the work of BeLoved and live together on Grove St., committed to voluntary poverty, justice and peacemaking. She is a pastor in the Presbyterian Church, USA, was school educated at Columbia Theological Seminary and was street educated on Ponce de Leon Ave. in Atlanta at the Open Door Community and on Grove Street at BeLoved Asheville. Amy also works as part time community organizer at Just Economics, coordinating the Voices for Economic Justice training program and the People’s Transit Campaign. She is mom to twin three year olds, loves the color purple, playing guitar, and studying movement history.