For Seminary Credit:


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



"Environment and Religion in Appalachia: Immersion Seminar"

This class has been cancelled for 2020 because of the health crisis.  We expect to offer it in 2021.

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.

    This class is over for this year.  We expect to offer it again in 2021.

Cherokee, NC
Cost:  $400/double room; $600/single room, $200/commuters

“Walking Our Spiritual Paths:  An Introduction to the Spirituality of the Cherokee People” March 10-15, 2020 in Cherokee, NC with Cherokee presenters.  Topics include Cherokee history, religious beliefs, cultural expressions and Historical Grief and Intergenerational Trauma, which outlines how Native Americans lost their sense of identity through government policies of forced assimilation into the dominant culture.  We visit Kituwah, the Mother Town of the Cherokee People, and observe how the Cherokee language is being taught to the next generation.  Each day the group will participate in Theological Reflection with Fr. John Rausch to integrate the experience with our faith life.  Cost is $400 which includes lodging, all activities and some meals; a private room is $600.  Cost for local commuters is $200.  Limited partial scholarships are available.  DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING IS FEBRUARY 20.             Sponsored by Catholic Committee of Appalachia and Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center.  For more info, contact Mary Herr at 828-497-9498 or or check website.

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

Cherokee, NC 28719

phone 828-497-9498