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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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 :

ANNOUNCING Fall 2017 Short Courses

 Fall 2017 Schedule for Shalom Short Courses
Cost for each course is $20 ($10 for members)
Be sure to check back for updates close to the course’s starting date
Some courses require an additional cost for books or materials as noted.

Aug. 4 to Sept. 8: CELTIC SPIRITUALITY FROM THE STONE AGE TO THE PRESENT
Leader: Mark Canfield, PhD.This 6-week course will meet on Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m.in Room 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church - UCC, 67 Church Drive, Pleasant Hill. Selected reading materials will be printed and provided by the instructor. There will be readings from ancient sources such as Pelagius and The Carmina Gadelica and from contemporary writers including John Phillip Newell, John O’Donohue, and Richard Roh . Click here for more information and to register


Sept. 11 to Oct. 16:  ADVANCED ENNEAGRAM STUDY: SPIRITUAL GROWTH HEALING THE PATTERN OF FIXATION TO LIVE IN ONE’S ESSENCE
Leader: Vicky Markham, PhD. This 6-week course will meet Monday mornings from 10 am – 12:00 pm in Room 1 at Pleasant Hill Community Church - UCC, 67 Church Drive, Pleasant Hill. This course will take an in-depth look at the path to growth and maturity for each of the nine Enneagram personality types, building on the introductory Enneagram course. It’s not necessary to have attended this first course, but Vicky’s handout, The Enneagram Personality System, is prerequisite reading. The handout is available to all who request it. The class will use the book, The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram, Nine Faces of the Soul by Sandra Maitri, and read two chapters each week. A secondary reference book, The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types by Don Riso and Russ Hudson, is optional reading. Click here for more information and to register.

Oct 5 to Nov 16: MUSIC OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS
Leader: Don Dowdey, retired University Library Dean and Composition and Literature instructor. This 7-week course will meet on Thursday mornings from 10 am to 12 p.m. in Room 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church -UCC, 67 Church Drive, Pleasant Hill. The music made by settlers to this region region derived from various European and African influences, including English ballads, Irish and Scottish traditional music, hymns and other sacred songs, and African-American blues. Bluegrass music originated in the region. Coal mining brought labor songs into the mix, and Appalachian music was an important part of the American folk music revival of the 1960s. The course will provide a basic introduction to this music and the major musicians who played it. There are no additional books or others expenses – the music, videos and printed lyrics will come from Don’s personal collection. Click here for more information and to register,

Oct 20 to Dec 1 (class will not meet on Nov 24):  POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY: FREEDOM AND AUTHORITY
Leader: Don Smith, BA in History, M.Div. in Theology and Philosophy. This 6-week course will meet on Friday mornings from 10-11:00 a.m. in Room 1 at the Pleasant Hill Community Church - UCC, 67 Church Drive, Pleasant Hill. As its primary source the course will use Martin Gardner’s The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener (available on Amazon) and address such questions as "What set of beliefs should we live by? What restrictions should be imposed on our actions? What rights do we possess? How are restrictions to be formulated and implemented? What sanctions exist for those who ignore the laws of state? What do we mean by the term “state?”
Click here for more information and to register

Courses are $20 ($10 per course for those who have a 2017 Shalom membership). To learn more about and 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, clicking on the links above, or by calling Barbara Everett at 931-277-3968.

2017 Membership Forms ($50 per person per year) are also available at those sites, or onlineIn addition to the tuition discount on Short Courses, members are the first to hear of upcoming programs and courses.  The Shalom Center thanks you for your support.




Announcing Our 3rd 2017 Program


An Update on Cuba 

Rev.  Elmer Lavastida

July 7 & 8 2017

Adshead Hall (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)


Friday July 7:  5:30 pm potluck dinner  
6:30 – 8:00 pm presentation 

(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.) 

    Sat. July 8: 8:30am Complimentary Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am, presentation and Q & A 

Elmer Lavastida and Gisela Perez will present An Update on Cuba on July 7 & 8. This is the second Ted Braun Memorial Program being offered by the Shalom Center for Continuing Education. The Lavastidas will update us on the important work they’re doing at the B. G. Lavastida Center for Christian Service in Santiago de Cuba and talk about current conditions in the country.