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.





William Isom

Announcing our Second 2017 Program


 Media, Public Discourse and Democracy Program May 12-13

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is offering a free program titled Media, Public Discourse & Democracy on May 12 – 13 and everyone is invited to attend. The presenter is William Isom, Director of Community Outreach for East TN PBS and Coordinator of the Rural Broadband Campaign.

           Fri. May 12:
A free and open media is essential to civic engagement and public discourse on policy and social concerns. Unfortunately, commercial interests often overshadow the mandate for education and dissemination of important information. We will review how the foundations of journalism have been derailed since the 1960s and discuss how community members are proactively creating their own democratic media outlets in the South.

Sat. May 13:
With the advent of new technologies, amazing organizing tools are now available to social justice workers, thus increasing their ability to reach thousands within and outside of their own areas. In rural TN, however, those tools aren’t necessarily accessible, many times due to poor, expensive or nonexistent broadband internet service. We will hear about collaborative grassroots efforts aimed at closing the digital divide in mountain communities, the challenges and successes of this work and how increased publicly-owned options can foster local participation in civic life across issues.
William Isom

The program will take place in Adshead Hall on the lower level of Fletcher House on the Uplands Village campus in Pleasant Hill. It begins on Friday evening with a potluck supper at 5:30 pm, followed by the program from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. 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 am, followed by the program from 9 – 10:30 am. There is no charge to attend, although a freewill offering 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. 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 visit the Shalom Center website at www.shalomcenterpleasanthill.com.

Shalom Center's First 2017 Program and Winter/Spring Short Course Offerings

Announcing our first program of 2017!

Black Girl Magic: Shining though Spirituals 
and Classical Music

Featuring Jayme Alilaw, Brittney Boykin, and Michael Ruff   
Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m. on the Main Stage of the 
Cumberland County Playhouse
Sponsored by the Shalom Center for Continuing Education, the Pleasant Hill Community Church, 
Uplands Village and the Cumberland County Playhouse

Winter/Spring 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.


FRONT-Don Smith and Vicky Markham. BACK-Mark Canfield, Don Dowdey, and Susan Pummill.
January 27 – March 3: God as Loving Flow – The Perspective of Richard Rohr and Others 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. As its primary source the course will use the book The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr (available new on Amazon for $17).

January 30 – March 6: An Introduction to the Blues – History and Appreciation
Leader: Don Dowdey, retired University Library Dean and Composition and Literature instructor. This 6-week course will meet on Monday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m. in Room 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. There are no additional books or others expenses – the music, videos and printed lyrics will come from Don’s personal collection

March 10 – April 21:  Non-Belief and Belief – Philosophy of Religion
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. (no class on April 14) in Room 1 at the Pleasant Hill Community Church. As its primary source the course will use Martin Gardner’s The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener (available on Amazon).

March 20 - May 1, 2017: Talking About Fiction Books
Leader: Susan Pummill, Retired Elementary School Librarian. This 7-week course will meet on Monday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:30 Room 1 at Pleasant Hill Community Church. Course participation will require little outside reading. The class will consider universal tools: literary devices, structures and methods, with a brief overview of schools of literary criticism.  Children’s books from Susan’s personal collection will be used to illustrate these concepts, and the class will read and analyze them in small groups.

April 28 to May 19, 2017: Ancient Spiritual Wisdom-The Enneagram: Growing Spiritually by Knowing Your Personality Type
Leader: Vicky Markham, PhD. This 4-week course will meet on Friday mornings from 10:00 to Noon in Room 1 at Pleasant Hill Community Church. There will be handouts, but no required book. The Enneagram was designed by the early Desert Elders to guide individuals from a reactive personality to the true spiritual Self, to the Essence qualities, of our true Being.

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 these sites, or online. In 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.


 Shalom Center for Continuing Education
Sponsoring learning and education since 2000
Winter/Spring 2017  Short Courses

Combining cognitive exploration and social interaction

Announcing our Fall 2016 Short Courses

Shalom Center for Continuing Education
"Sponsoring learning and education since 2000"

2016 FALL SHORT COURSES

September 16 - October 28: How Buddhism Can Enrich Christianity. Leader: Mark Canfield, PhD. Meet weekly on Friday mornings 10-11:30 am in Room 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. Book by Paul Knitter, Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian is required - available new or used on Amazon.com.


October 3 - 31: How to Use an ANDROID SMART PHONE (not IPhone) Leader: Phil Nevius. Meet weekly on Mondays at 9:30 am in the Computer Lab of the Uplands Wellness Center. Android phone helpful, but not necessary to learn basics.

October 5 - November 7: U. S. Women' s History. Leader: Marilyn Brady, PhD. Meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons 3-4:30 pm in Room 1 at PH Community Church. (EXCEPT last class on Monday Nov. 7No text required. Selected readings of several pages each week.

Leader: Don Smith, BA in History, MDiv in Theology and Philosophy. Meet weekly on Friday mornings, 10-11:00 am, Room 1, PH Community Church. Book by Martin Gardner, The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener is required - available through Amazon.com.
Courses are $20 ($10 for Shalom members). To register for any of these courses, click on the links above, or go to  
or request a form by emailing: 


shalomcenterpleasanthill@gmail.com 

or call President Barbara Everett at 931-277-3968. Memberships of $50 per person are also available at these sites.


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