Exploring Big Ideas in Short Stories taught by Holly McClain begins April 17, 2018

Exploring Big Ideas in Short Stories

 with instructor Holly McClain

Shalom Center Short Course
Tuesdays, April 17 - May 22
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Room 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church
67 Church Drive, Pleasant Hill, TN

The syllabus for this 6-week class will be: “The Doctor” by Ann Hood, “Blind Fish” by Melanie Rae Thon, “A Passion in the Desert” by Honore Balzac, “Gimpel the Fool” by Isaac Bashevic Singer, “The Pugilist at Rest” by Thon Jones,“The Man From Mars” by Margaret Atwood, and “The Professor’s Houses” by Urusula K. LeGuin. Materials will be provided at no charge.

The course will use the methods of Shared Inquiry to discuss the short stories. Working individually and as a group, the class will explore, interpret, and evaluate the challenging ideas presented in the texts. The class will actively read the short stories, ask questions of the ideas presented in the works, and listen and respond to each other. The participants will actively look for meaning in the text for themselves while considering plausible other meanings during the class discussions.

Holly McClain has a BA from Tennessee Tech University and a lifelong love of literature.

Tuition is $20 ($10 for 2018 Shalom Center members). Registration forms are available here and in the Heritage mailbox entryway in Uplands Village;, outside the PHCC office, or by calling Don Dowdey at 277-3033.

Rabbi Rami Shapiro Program March 16-17 and Spring Semester 2018 Short Courses

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is pleased to announce that our second 2018 Program will feature Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Four Spring Semester Short Courses

Rabbi Rami Shapiro
March 16-17

Spring Semester 2018 Short Courses

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro - Our Second Program of 2018 - March 16-17

Rabbi Rami Shapiro Presents Perennial Wisdom and Cup of Wisdom

Friday, March 16: 5:30 pm potluck dinner; 6:30 - 8:00 pm presentation 
Saturday, March 17: 8:30 am complimentary continental breakfast; 9:00 - 10:30 am, presentation and QA
In Adshead Hall (lower level of Fletcher House on the Uplands Village Campus)
86A Church Dr, Pleasant Hill, 38578, (just off Main St. across from Pleasant Hill Elementary School)

Note: If you plan to attend the potluck supper before the presentation, don’t forget to bring your own table setting:plates, cups and cutlery! Those who don’t choose to attend the supper are more than welcome to come just for the program that begins at 6:30

Rabbi Rami has led workshops around the world. He is a witty, insightful, and engaging presenter. He is the editor of The World Wisdom Bible: A New Testament for a Global Spirituality.
Friday evening’s program, Perennial Wisdom, will look at the four points of the perennial wisdom at the mystic heart of each of the world's religions.

Saturday morning’s program, A Cup of Wisdom ​, presents a single premise: that conversation can be transformational and is a powerful platform for cultivating inclusion, love, and understanding.          

Rabbi Rami Shapiro earned rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College– Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Phd in religion from Union Graduate School; he served as a chaplain with the USAF for 3 years; led Temple Beth Or in Miami, FL for 20; taught religious studies at Middle Tennessee State University for 10; and published over thirty books on religion and spirituality. He currently guides the One River Foundation, writes the Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler ​ column for Spirituality & Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s weekly radio show, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami .

Spring Semester 2018 Short Courses
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Leader: Ed Olson, PhD. Explore the synchronicity and mystery of the emerging common between science and spirituality. Meet weekly for five weeks on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 am - 11:15 am in Rm 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. Materials provided. Ed Olson’s book Keep the Bathwater: Emergence of the Sacred in Science and Religion ​ is optional ($10.00)

Leader: Don Smith, BA in History, MDiv in Theology and Philosophy. Explore the questions “What counts as ​being free​? What (if anything) makes a person unique?” and more. Meet weekly for six weeks on Friday mornings from 10:00 am ​ ​to 11:00 am in Rm 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1946 lecture, ​Existentialism is Humanism​, will be provided.

April 17 - May 22: Exploring Big Ideas in Short Stories.
Leader: Holly McClain, BA. Explore, interpret, and evaluate challenging ideas presented in short stories working individually and as a group. Meet weekly for six weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in Rm 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. Materials provided.

May 18 - June 8: Communication in Relationships (Personal, Social, Workplace)
Leader: Vicky Markham. Examine relationships from humanistic/emotional and scientific/neurobiological points of view. Meet weekly for 4 weeks on Friday mornings from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in Rm 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. Materials provided.

Courses are $20 ($10 per course for those who have a 2018 Shalom membership). To register for any of these courses, you may obtain a Course Registration Form at the Pleasant Hill Community Church, on the Uplands information porch at Heritage, at ​http://www.shalomcenterpleasanthill.com, by emailing ​shalomcenterpleasanthill@gmail.com, or calling President Don Dowdey at (931) 277-3033.

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The Shalom Center is a 501 (c) (3) organization.  It receives support from individual contributions, Uplands Village , and the Pleasant Hill Community Church (UCC).


Beginning in 2016, we have offered an annual membership to help support the Shalom Center. Members receive a 50% discount on short course tuition and advance notice of upcoming programs.To renew your membership or to become a new member, please use this 2018

Announcing Fourth Shalom Program of 2017

Exploring the Caves of Eastern TN
with Chuck Sutherland
Oct. 20-21, 2017

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education will present a program titled "Exploring the Caves of Eastern Tennessee" on Oct. 20-21 in Pleasant Hill. It will take place in Adshead Hall on the lower level of Fletcher House on the Uplands Village campus (86a Church Drive, Pleasant Hill (Just Off Main St. Across From Pleasant Hill Elementary School).

The presenter is Chuck Sutherland, an expert caver, professional photographer and avid conservationist. A geographer by training, he currently serves as the geographic information systems specialist for the Upper Cumberland Development District. He is also working with the state of Tennessee to create new maps for state parks in the Upper Cumberland, and is using LiDAR data to reveal previously unknown cave entrances.

The program begins on Friday evening with a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Note: If you plan to attend the potluck supper before the presentation, don’t forget to bring your own table setting: plates, cups and cutlery! Those who don’t choose to attend the supper are more than welcome to come just for the program that begins at 6:30. ) 

On Saturday, the program opens with a complimentary continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program and Q & A from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 

Sutherland says that for him, caving is a way to better understand the story of the rocks and water. He frequently partners in his caving projects with historians, biologists, paleontologists, anthropologists and geologists. Sutherland has worked with TN Department of Environment and Conservation, the Nature Conservancy of TN, as well as TN Parks and Greenways Foundation, The Land Trust of TN, and the Cumberland River Compact on conservation oriented projects around Tennessee and Kentucky.

Hundreds of his maps and cave photographs have been published in books and magazines, and on the web, including the TNVacation website. Both the BBC and the Discovery Channel have used his photographs, many of which he will be showing during his presentation on Oct. 21-22.

There is no charge to attend either program, although a freewill donation is suggested.

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a non-profit educational center that provides opportunities for holistic education in areas of social, economic, cultural, ecological, ethical, and theological importance on behalf of shalom (wholeness, health, and peace). Through quality programs, workshops and courses the Shalom Center seeks to engage those in the community in a learning process that is lifelong, inclusive, imaginative and celebrative, recognizing the integrity of creation and the unity of its inhabitants. 

The Shalom Center offers a number of free one and two-day programs every year, as well as many six-week “Shalom Short Courses” for which there is a nominal charge of $20 per course ($10 for Members). 

To learn more about new programs and courses being offered, send your email to: shalomcenterpleasanthill@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list, or go to our website at :