Joe Hubbard

Joe Hubbard A husband, father of three, and recovering lawyer and politician. A grand and Holy adventure on the Jesus Way. Joe is from Alabama, but he has participated in mission trips to Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota since he was 12 years old.

Now, 25 years later, after careers in law and politics in Alabama, Joe is discerning a call to Native ministry in the Episcopal Church. Joe and Ashley’s willingness to raise their three young children, Hill, Hattie, and Hannah, on a reservation shows me how this call has convicted them both. Joe has a heart for the work of reconciliation and healing, and his desire to undertake that work at the margins of society and the margins of the church demonstrate a commitment to living out the Gospel. Joe is preparing to begin his studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. While undertaking a general M.Div. course of studies, he plans to focus on the work of reconciliation and healing in the broader church, specifically with the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. The work of reconciliation and healing throughout the Anglican Communion with respect to the church’s colonialist history presents a unique opportunity to prepare Joe for that same work back to the Dakotas.

Now, 25 years later, after careers in law and politics in Alabama, Joe is discerning a call to Native ministry in the Episcopal Church. Joe and Ashley’s willingness to raise their three young children, Hill, Hattie, and Hannah, on a reservation shows me how this call has convicted them both. Joe has a heart for the work of reconciliation and healing, and his desire to undertake that work at the margins of society and the margins of the church demonstrate a commitment to living out the Gospel. Joe is preparing to begin his studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. While undertaking a general M.Div. course of studies, he plans to focus on the work of reconciliation and healing in the broader church, specifically with the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. The work of reconciliation and healing throughout the Anglican Communion with respect to the church’s colonialist history presents a unique opportunity to prepare Joe for that same work back to the Dakotas.

06/12/2020

Ordination of Joe Hubbard to Diaconate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Standing Rock. #DakotaBound #holytransitions

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I long feared baldness (which has afflicted all the men in my family except Hill and me).  It wasn't so much the prospec...
05/31/2018
The Marks We Carry

I long feared baldness (which has afflicted all the men in my family except Hill and me). It wasn't so much the prospect of a head without hair -- my youngest brother Charlie has a beautiful bald head -- so much as the proposition that the marks my hair masked for most of my life would be exposed, naked to the world. [ 795 more words ]
http://dakotabound.blog/2018/05/31/the-marks-we-carry/

I long feared baldness (which has afflicted all the men in my family except Hill and me). It wasn’t so much the prospect of a head without hair — my youngest brother Charlie has a beau…

Water coolers, morning talk shows, and the intraweb have been abuzz this week with reactions to Presiding Bishop Michael...
05/25/2018
The Power of Love

Water coolers, morning talk shows, and the intraweb have been abuzz this week with reactions to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's sermon at the #RoyalWedding. The Twitterverse tweeted and twitted, as celebrities, pundits, and royals alike wrestled with Bishop Curry's very simple (and very Gospel-centric) message: Love has the power to transform this tired, old world (and those of us plodding through it) into " [ 880 more words ]
http://dakotabound.blog/2018/05/25/the-power-of-love/

Water coolers, morning talk shows, and the intraweb have been abuzz this week with reactions to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the #RoyalWedding. The Twitterverse tweeted and twi…

Before the #RoyalWedding, Bp. Michael Curry, was standing with Standing Rock. The Lord’s work has kept him busy.  #Jesus...
05/23/2018
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks to pipeline opponents

Before the #RoyalWedding, Bp. Michael Curry, was standing with Standing Rock. The Lord’s work has kept him busy. #JesusMovement #StandWithStandingRock

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spent part of Sept. 24 at Oceti Sakowin Camp, one of the camps along the Cannonball River where people opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline have gathered. He spoke to “protectors,” as the gathering calls itself, during the daily information and speech time. And he...

Everyone is talking about Bp. Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding. Watch some of this sermon he gave in Haynevil...
05/21/2018
Before royal wedding sermon, Most Rev. Michael Curry inspired crowd in Alabama

Everyone is talking about Bp. Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding. Watch some of this sermon he gave in Hayneville, Alabama three years ago to see what all the buzz is about. #Jesusmovement #keepgoing

Years before Most Rev. Michael Curry captured the world's attention with his sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the current head of the Episcopal Church inspired a crowd attending a civil rights event in Alabama.

The ancient Celts might had a term for a space where Heaven and earth almost touch.  They called such a space  a "thin p...
05/17/2018
Thin Places

The ancient Celts might had a term for a space where Heaven and earth almost touch. They called such a space a "thin place." As the Celtic saying goes, "Heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even shorter." As I have become more aware of the presence of God in my life, it has been almost impossible to ignore the presence of God in the world around me. [ 832 more words ]
http://dakotabound.blog/2018/05/17/thin-places/

The ancient Celts might had a term for a space where Heaven and earth almost touch. They called such a space a “thin place.” As the Celtic saying goes, “Heaven and earth are on…

When I was a teenager, I was active in a youth community in the Episcopal church called Happening.  We held spiritual re...
05/09/2018
The Cost of Freedom

When I was a teenager, I was active in a youth community in the Episcopal church called Happening. We held spiritual retreats for high school kids twice a year, where a ragtag band of us freewheeling teenagers, dressed in our finest flea market attire, would shower each other with Pixy Stix dust and hugs, would lead each other in worship, and would share with each other the deepest and most vulnerable parts of our lives in hopes of understanding how it all fit in the mystery of God's purpose for us. [ 592 more words ]
http://dakotabound.blog/2018/05/09/the-cost-of-freedom/

When I was a teenager, I was active in a youth community in the Episcopal church called Happening. We held spiritual retreats for high school kids twice a year, where a ragtag band of us freewheel…

Late last week, Ashley and I drove to Auburn to pick up our gently used pop-up camper (translation: temporary housing). ...
05/01/2018
What was lost now is found; what was dead has begun to live.

Late last week, Ashley and I drove to Auburn to pick up our gently used pop-up camper (translation: temporary housing). After hitching the camper up, we decided to get some dinner. Well, what restaurant in Auburn has a parking lot large enough to accommodate a truck with a camper in tow? Only one I could think of was the Hotel Auburn, with its incredible [ 650 more words ]
http://dakotabound.blog/2018/05/01/what-was-lost-now-is-found-what-was-dead-has-begun-to-live/

Late last week, Ashley and I drove to Auburn to pick up our gently used pop-up camper (translation: temporary housing). After hitching the camper up, we decided to get some dinner. Well, what res…

Over 40% raised in a month! Please consider a contribution to get us to 50% by the end of the month. Your love and suppo...
04/26/2018
Click here to support Help the Hubbard's get to Dakota organized by Joe Hubbard

Over 40% raised in a month! Please consider a contribution to get us to 50% by the end of the month. Your love and support mean the world to Ashley and me. #dakotabound

Friends, We are one month into fundraising for our move to Alexandria for seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary, and we have raised over 40% of the funds needed for tuition and living expenses for the 2018-2019 school year! In the past few weeks, we learned that I have been awarded the King-Mitc...

As our process of formal discernment transitions to formation for ministry, Ashley and I recognize that a chapter in our...
04/19/2018
Leaving home. And finding it.

As our process of formal discernment transitions to formation for ministry, Ashley and I recognize that a chapter in our family's life is closing. Ashley is winding down her first year teaching, as I am winding down my law practice. The kids are closing out their school years, and Bubba is completing his education to be a proper bird dog and apartment dweller. [ 389 more words ]

https://joehubbarddotcom.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/leaving-home-and-finding-it/

As our process of formal discernment transitions to formation for ministry, Ashley and I recognize that a chapter in our family’s life is closing. Ashley is winding down her first year teachi…

My grandfather used to like to say, "It's a long road that never turns."  I can see what he meant, because I've been on ...
04/06/2018
What does a life well-lived look like?

My grandfather used to like to say, "It's a long road that never turns." I can see what he meant, because I've been on that road before. But that is not the road Ashley and I are walking now. We are walking a path that is full of turns, a road that has high risk but also (I believe) high reward. [ 248 more words ]

https://joehubbarddotcom.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/what-does-a-life-well-lived-look-like/

My grandfather used to like to say, “It’s a long road that never turns.” I can see what he meant, because I’ve been on that road before. But that is not the road Ashley an…

Why Dakota?As Ashley and I have been sharing with friends and relatives our plans to uproot our family and move across t...
04/02/2018
Why Dakota?

Why Dakota?

As Ashley and I have been sharing with friends and relatives our plans to uproot our family and move across the country to begin our in ministry in the Dakotas, the responses have been quite varied. While many have been surprised, some (particularly those who have known me a long time) have not been surprised at all. As I've reflected on our journey over this Easter season, I am struck by how this story is really just a resurrection story. [ 503 more words ]

https://joehubbarddotcom.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/why-dakota/

As Ashley and I have been sharing with friends and relatives our plans to uproot our family and move across the country to begin our in ministry in the Dakotas, the responses have been quite varied…

And, so it begins.  Or continues, as the case may be. This week, I realized it has been one year since Ashley and I comm...
03/30/2018
The Journey Begins

And, so it begins. Or continues, as the case may be. This week, I realized it has been one year since Ashley and I committed to a formal discernment process for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church. But, over the past year, as I have wrestled with who I am and who God is, it has become clear that I have been on the path of discernment for the better part of the last 20 years. [ 235 more words ]

https://joehubbarddotcom.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/the-journey-begins-2/

And, so it begins. Or continues, as the case may be. This week, I realized it has been one year since Ashley and I committed to a formal discernment process for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church…

At 12 years old, I first went out to Standing Rock, ND, to participate in Native ministry.  Now, 25 years later, my fami...
03/29/2018
The Journey Begins

At 12 years old, I first went out to Standing Rock, ND, to participate in Native ministry. Now, 25 years later, my family and I are preparing to return to the Dakotas. Only, this time, I hope to be returning as an Episcopal priest, and my family will be joining me in ministry on Standing Rock. This call to multi-cultural ministry on an Indian Reservation is no light matter. [ 164 more words ]

https://joehubbarddotcom.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/the-journey-begins/

At 12 years old, I first went out to Standing Rock, ND, to participate in Native ministry. Now, 25 years later, my family and I are preparing to return to the Dakotas. Only, this time, I hope to …

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03/29/2018

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Someone once said "There's no redemption in politics."  But for me, there’s redemption in a different kind of service.  ...
03/22/2018
Click here to support Help the Hubbard's get to Standing Rock organized by Joe Hubbard

Someone once said "There's no redemption in politics." But for me, there’s redemption in a different kind of service.

This summer, Ashley, the kids, and I are pulling up our Alabama roots and beginning the journey west to North Dakota, where we will begin our reservation ministry. We appreciate all the prayers and support along the way, and hope you will join us on this grand and holy adventure. #Dakotabound

At 12 years old, I first went out to Standing Rock, ND, to participate in Native ministry there. Now, 25 years later, my family and I are preparing to return to Standing Rock. Only, this time, I hope to be returning as an Episcopal priest, and my family will be joining me to live on Standing Rock...

The Joe Hubbard Law Firm
08/25/2017
The Joe Hubbard Law Firm

The Joe Hubbard Law Firm

Daycares that are not churches shouldn't be allowed to evade oversight. How many more children have to die before our legislators get the message? #prioritiesmatter #childrenfirst

‪Proud of our role in bringing to fighting loophole that allows some daycares to operate without license, inspection, or...
03/23/2017
The Joe Hubbard Law Firm

‪Proud of our role in bringing to fighting loophole that allows some daycares to operate without license, inspection, or oversight‬. #childrenfirst #JoeHubbardLaw #workingandwinning #realpeople

Proud of the role we have played in fighting a dangerous loophole in the law that allows some daycares to operate without license, inspection, or oversight. We must put Alabama's children first! #childrenfirst #JoeHubbardLaw #workingandwinning #realpeople

I'm proud to know Judge John Graham.  And, I'm proud that I live in a state that serves its citizens, their families, an...
02/16/2017
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I'm proud to know Judge John Graham. And, I'm proud that I live in a state that serves its citizens, their families, and communities like this. #AlabamaProud #SingtheSong #JointheChorus #WhitmanAlabama

You'll never look at drug court the same way after watching this touching video from Whitman, Alabama.

This short video sings the song of Alabama.  Join the chorus.  #AlabamaProud
02/13/2017
Whitman, Alabama

This short video sings the song of Alabama. Join the chorus. #AlabamaProud

Watch what happens when regular people are invited to reveal their own selves though the word of a 19th century poem, Walt Whitman's epic "Song of Myself."

Proud of my friend, Steven Philhower, his dad Davis, and their entire team for building a strong business here in Montgo...
12/31/2016
Southern Shutter nationwide success

Proud of my friend, Steven Philhower, his dad Davis, and their entire team for building a strong business here in Montgomery. The American dream is alive and well in Alabama. #buildMgm #dreambig #AlabamaStrong

It started as one man's hobby. More than 50 years later, it's a full-time nationwide successful business.

As a survivor of brain surgery over 20 years ago this May, I can tell you the hardest part is after they close you up. P...
12/21/2016
Click here to support Brain Surgery Expense for Tim Denny by Becky Denny

As a survivor of brain surgery over 20 years ago this May, I can tell you the hardest part is after they close you up. Please take a minute and read my friend Tim Denny's story. If moved, consider offering a contribution however big or small to help him and his family through the hardest part. #payitforward

We're so grateful for  your love and support. We ask that y'all continue to share our story, in hopes that it will encourage and help others. Any additional dollars raised will allow us to keep our health insurance in the coming months.  xoxoxo becky As many of you know, Tim had life saving brai...

11/14/2016

Seek first to understand, then to be understood. #truerwords #politicalwisdom

Joe Hubbard's cover photo
11/09/2016

Joe Hubbard's cover photo

Bentley should do his job. As president of the State Board of Education and governor of Alabama, it is his responsibilit...
11/09/2016
Bentley has no one to blame but himself

Bentley should do his job. As president of the State Board of Education and governor of Alabama, it is his responsibility to propose ways to build up our education system, not tear it down. And, he should start, not by insulting our educators, but by listening to them. Because the men and women who have dedicated themselves to educating our children know best what it takes for our schools to succeed. #blamegame #alpolitics

For the last six years, Gov. Robert Bentley has tried to convince Alabamians he loves our schools, our teachers and our school children.

10/05/2016
The Joe Hubbard Law Firm

Would you get behind the wheel with a beer in your hand? No life is worth that text. Or post. Or email. #itcanwait #JoeHubbardLaw

Would you get behind the wheel with a beer in your hand? Distracted driving causes more accidents every year than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No life is worth that text. Or post. Or email. #itcanwait #JoeHubbardLaw

As a father of two children in Montgomery Public Schools, I know how important our school teachers are to this community...
08/31/2016
MPS teachers complain they haven't been paid

As a father of two children in Montgomery Public Schools, I know how important our school teachers are to this community. They count on their paychecks, just as we count on them. Our elected officials should do everything they can to deposit their checks by the close of business today.

Montgomery Public School teachers and staff expecting to get paid Wednesday say their checks were not delivered to their accounts.

#JoeHubbardLaw #ChildrenFirst #SunnySide #SilverLinings
08/19/2016
The Joe Hubbard Law Firm

#JoeHubbardLaw #ChildrenFirst #SunnySide #SilverLinings

These 62 children, who were poisoned with Staph by a Montgomery daycare, can pursue their dreams when they grow up. Whether they want to go to college or start their own business, these funds will be there for them. The nightmare they have endured is unimaginable, but it is over. #JoeHubbardLaw #ChildrenFirst #SunnySide #SilverLinings

This has been a long time coming. Couldn't be more proud to see our hard work pay off for these children so they can put...
08/18/2016
Nearly $1M settlement reached in Sunnyside Child Care suit

This has been a long time coming. Couldn't be more proud to see our hard work pay off for these children so they can put this nightmare behind them. #JoeHubbardLaw #resultsmatter #childrenfirst #SunnySide

Roughly a year after parents sued Sunnyside Child Care Center over a staph outbreak that sent 86 children to the emergency room, a settlement has been reached.

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Hello joe hubbard
Please consider an absolute separation of Church and State in a bill coming to you soon. The local news station reported, “Sen. Greg Albritton said his bill "truly separates the church and the state."” THAT, dear Senator, will be true when the State refuses to hear Christian divorce cases, particularly those involving innocent spouses in no-fault divorce cases. Judges should not only recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to those that offend their religious beliefs, but should recuse themselves from divorce cases that are abominations to God. The Constitutional religious freedoms of the innocent spouse in a no-fault divorce are being infringed upon by the spouse filing for the divorce. The couple solemnized their vows of marriage as a covenant not only with their spouse, but a covenant with God, bound for the rest of their life for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Both spouses made the covenant with every faith the other would hold true, being an honorable spouse for the rest of their lives. Lives and hearts are committed, decisions made to put their singular lives away with the faith that their spouse will be their exclusive love, their helpmate for the rest of their life. All others are forsaken, ending all opportunities for a family life with someone else. This is one of the most important decisions of one's life, not taken lightly as a Christian, which makes divorce a heartbreaking, soul-crushing dilemma for the innocent spouse who now finds themself looking at the rest of their life without the intimate love and companionship of a spouse. God instructs us how to handle someone with an issue with a fellow Christian; in this example - their spouse. They must first do everything to resolve the problem with their spouse, speaking to them about the issue and possible resolutions. If that doesn't work, they must together take the issue up before 2 or 3 trusted Christians. If the spouse still refuses to reconcile, then the issue goes before Church leadership. Then and only then can a marriage be dissolved. It is well out of the jurisdiction of a civil court to interpret Church law, and ILLEGAL, according to the US Constitution. If the filing spouse is Catholic, they can be banned from ever receiving the Eucharist for the rest of their life. They must go to their Bishop for permission to divorce first, which will not be granted very easily. One must show some sort of physical or extreme mental abuse, danger to life or deceit in the marriage ceremony itself. The Catholic Church instructs in its Catechism that possible divorce filers must request the canonical authorization as a necessary precaution, to prevent civil court judgments which violate divine law. So lets indeed separate Church and State, taking the courts out of the marriage business altogether, which includes dissolution of marriage. http://m.wbrc.com/story/37279422/senate-votes-to-take-alabama-out-of-marriage-business#