The Laywoman-in-Residence program developed out of consultation with Joyce D. Sohl, who serves as the first in the position. The program is intended to give laywomen active leadership roles around specific topics related to Scarritt Bennett’s mission and educational focus, to develop a variety of programs for the community, and to share expertise and skills in an intergenerational community.

Joyce SohlJoyce D. Sohl has been Laywoman-in-Residence since 2009 as a full-time volunteer. She retired as CEO of United Methodist Women in 2004. She is the author of 4 books, a teacher, retreat leader, writer and non-professional musician. Here at the Center her work is in the area of Soul Work.

Through Soul Work, the Center provides on-going and one time offerings to center faith-based racial and social justice work in spiritual and cultural practices that cultivate transformation, self-care, and creative expression while conscious of the conditions we are living and working inside of as activists, artists, healers, and organizers in our communities and movements. Programs include Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers & All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, and quarterly retreats and art exhibits.