For Seminary Credit:


To Register:
Contact the person whose name is listed along with each class. They will provide instructions for applying.


"Appalachia: Prevention, Addiction, Community"       

May 17-May 30, 2019

Hosted by Drew University Theological School and sponsored by AMERC

This cross-cultural immersion course will meet and travel in West Virginia.  During the course, the students will explore historic, educational, environmental, and economic realities that shape the people and places of the Appalachian region, focusing specifically on the current opioid epidemic and its effect on the communities and individuals. 

An impressive list of speakers will meet with the class, including Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette Mail, Dr. Michael Brumage, former WV Drug Czar, Bishops Steiner Ball and Klusmeyer, Steve Williams, Mayor of Huntington, artists Paula Clendenn, Kate Long, and Crystal Good, and others currently undertaking this situation in Appalachia.

Preparatory reading is required as well as a paper that will be due on June 10.

For further information and/or to Register, Contact:

Dr. Heather Elkins

Drew Theological Seminary

36 Madison Ave.

Madison, NJ 07940



"Environment and Religion in Appalachia: Immersion Seminar"

Hosted by Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA and sponsored by AMERC

Northern Appalachia is home to deeply-rooted local cultures in a beautiful landscape. Conflicts defined by environmental and economic issues are fierce for both communities and churches. This seminar will give students an inside look and an opportunity to consider strategies for dealing with conflict in and around ministry. The environmental history of the landscape's use and abuse, the shape of human cultures, and the history of tightly held religious traditions will frame discussions with religious, environmental, and industrial leaders from the region.

Date: summer (plus online work before and after)

Beginning at Lutherlyn Arbor Village, Pennsylvania.

Cost: Contact Dr. Waldkoenig
For further information and to register, contact:

Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig
Lutheran Theological Semnary
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA 17320


Continuing Education

CEUs are available for continuing education. These courses may also be taken by seminarians as individual studies.

Walking Our Spiritual Path: Reflections on the Spirituality of the Cherokee People

TBA  March 2019

Cherokee, NC
Cost: $350/double room; $500/single room, $200 commuters

Hosted by
Catholic Committee of Appalachia and sponsored by AMERC
This continuing education event explores the history, customs, myths, and spiritual ways of the Cherokee people. From discussions and experiences participants reflect upon the spiritual beliefs and traditions of the Cherokee people. This seminar provides an opportunity to learn from the Cherokee and examine one’s own spiritual path.

For information or to register, contact:
Mary Herr
54 Crewes Waterfall Road

Cherokee, NC 28719

phone 828-497-9498


or Fr. John Rausch

phone 606-663-0823