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


"Mountain Stories: Re-storying Faith through Collective Narrative Practice"   

August 11-17, 2018

 Hosted by Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN, and sponsored by AMERC

Beginning in Richmond, KY and ending in New Market, TN

The course is a cultural immersion in eastern Kentucky and eastern Tennessee.  This course will focus on written and oral Appalachian stories as a basis for a narrative-based model of pastoral care through collective narrative practice that emphasizes care of individuals and communities.  Through reading and visits with storytellers, we will look at the lives of contemporary authors through narrative theology and interpret liberation theology in the Appalachian context.  Further, we will contextualize the narratives of our Hebrew matriarchs and patriarchs in conversation with indigenous mountain stories and liberative narrative practice.

Cost     $1200 tuition per student

Deadline for application: October June 24, 2018; Deadline for payment: August 1, 2018.

Contact:  Dr. Suzanne Coyle

                 Christian Theological Seminary

                 1000 W. 42nd St.

                 Indianapolis, IN 46208

                 Phone: 317-931-2349




"Fierce Landscapes: Listening to the People of Appalachia" December 30, 2016-January 8, 2017

Hosted by Wake Forest Divinity School, Winston-Salem, NC and sponsored by AMERC

This 12-day immersion is followed by 3-4 interactive distance learning sessions and a 15-20 page integrative paper. The immersion finds its home among the people of Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. Students will enjoy on-site interactions with congregations, and religious and community leaders. Time for spiritual development, worship, and reflection provide the framework for the immersions. Participants will be aided by readings prior to the immersion experience.

Date: December 30, 2016-January 8, 2017

Beginning at High Pastures Christian Retreat Center, Burnsville, NC

Cost: $1,000, Non-Wake Forest students.

Deadline for application: November 1, 2016; Deadline for payment: December 1, 2016.

For further information and to register, contact:

Dr. Bill J. Leonard
Wake Forest University School of Divinity
P.O. Box 7719 Reynolds Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27109



"Ancient Mountains and Deeply Rooted Lives" May 22-June 6, 2017

Hosted by Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, and sponsored by AMERC

This is a 16-day immersion into the North Carolina Cherokee Nation and the coal-producing and agricultural counties of southeast Kentucky. The residential bases will be Cherokee, NC, and Berea, Hindman, and Pine Mountain, KY. The group will engage in on-site interactions with congregations, agencies, businesses and community leaders from the region. Daily routines will include worship, theological and cultural analysis, reading and reflection. A final integrative paper will be required of all students wishing academic credit.

Beginning at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Columbia Theological Seminary website:

Cost: $1,100
Deadline for application: April 15, 2017; Deadline for payment: May 1, 2017.
For further information and to register, contact:

Kimberly Clayton, Director of Contextual Education

Columbia Theological Seminary

701 Columbia Drive/POB 520

Decatur, GA 30031

Phone: 404-687-4518

Fax: 404-377-9696




"Environment and Religion in Appalachia: Immersion Seminar" June 25-30, 2017

This class has been cancelled and may be rescheduled.

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: June 25-30, 2017 (plus online work before and after)

Beginning at Lutherlyn Arbor Village, Pennsylvania.

Cost: Contact Dr. Waldkoenig
Deadline for application: March 25, 2017 Deadline for payment: April 25, 2017.
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

March 7-12, 2017

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