Bill serves on the planning committee which has convened two sanctuary workshops in Asheville in early 2017. He coordinates the Western NC. Congregational Sanctuary Working Group which developed out of the workshops. He also serves on the on the steering committee of Just Peace for Israel Palestine, and the board of the western NC chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He has served on the advocacy committee of Christians for a United Community. He is a member of Circle of Mercy Congregation.
He worked for the American Friends Service Committee from 1975-80 in High Point, NC and Atlanta, GA and from 1981-97 in St. Louis. His commentaries and analysis of U.S. foreign policy and human rights issues have been published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Journalism Review. From 1997 to 2012 is coordinated the Human Rights Action Service and Peace and Justice Shares in St. Louis. In the 1980’s as a member the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America, he worked with four faith communities that provided sanctuary for refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala.
He and his partner, Joyce Hollyday, are writers and live on a wooded ridge outside Mars Hill, NC. He is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School and High Point College.