Exploring Service: A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer’s Perspective on China with Greg Slovak July 20 and 21


Shalom Center for Continuing Education

Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, education center
providing opportunities for holistic education on behalf of
Shalom (wholeness, health, and peace)

Exploring Service:  A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer’s Perspective on China - 
Greg Slovak



Friday, July 20th

5:30 pm: Potluck Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 pm: Greg Slovak discusses his two year experience as a
Peace Corps volunteer in China.


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

Saturday, July 21st

8:30 am: Complimentary Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am: Panel discussion on the Peace Corps experience
with Greg Slovak, Vivian Adzaku, and Leith Reagan

Adheads Hall (lower level of Fletcher House, Uplands Village campus)
86A Church Drive, Pleasant Hill (just off Main Street across from Pleasant Hill Elementary)

Greg Slovak has just returned to the US from 2 years of service in the United States Peace Corps in China. He served as Professor of English and Communications at Chongqing Industry Polytechnic College

Vivian Adzaku served in the  Peace Corps in Ghana from 1968 to 1971.

Leith Reagan taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in El Kelaa d Sraghna and Marrakech (Morocco 1976-1978)

Shalom Center for Continuing Education
www.ShalomCenterPleasantHill.com
There is no charge to attend, although a freewill donation is suggested.

The Dynamic Wholeness in the Universe - Saturday Seminar with Ed Olson - June 23


Shalom Center for Continuing Education

Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, education center providing opportunities for holistic education on behalf of
SHALOM (wholeness, health, and peace)


Saturday Seminar
The Dynamic Wholeness in the Universe 
Saturday, June 23 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Break for lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Ed Olson will discuss the reality of a conscious universe from the perspective of his new book, And God Created Wholeness (Orbis Books, 2018). The book identifies a three strata wholeness model. As stated by Dr. Olson:
"As a metaphor, I developed a Wholeness Model – a three-strata model of Surface, Middle, and Bedrock to investigate the similarities in the three dimensions of Body (life), Mind (consciousness) and Soul. Our experiences in the tangible physical world (the Surface stratum), our inner sensations, emotions, and images (the Middle stratum) and the strange reality of quantum activity (the Bedrock stratum) are all connected. As we cycle through these strata we are transformed as new insights from the unpredictable possibilities in the Bedrock change our emotions and feelings in the Middle and lead to new behavior on the Surface.
The Wholeness Model describes a process that brings together the empirical reality of science, speculations about consciousness, and the wisdom of the world’s religions, especially the Christian religion with which I am most familiar."
This new paradigm has significant implications for deep personal development, relationships, ecology, moral leadership, community, and the integration of science and religion. 
Ed Olson, Ph.d, taught in colleges and universities for 40 years. Currently, he leads workshops for churches and the Chautauqua Institution in applying complexity and quantum theory to issues in science, spirituality, and religion. The book ($28.00) will be available for purchase at the seminar.

Shalom Center for Continuing Education
Seminar in Adheads Hall (lower level of Fletcher House, Uplands Village campus), 86A Church Drive, Pleasant Hill, (just off Main Street across from Pleasant Hill Elementary)

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

Dr. Nancy Schurr Program May 11 and 12


 Shalom Center for Continuing Education

Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, education center providing opportunities for holistic education on behalf of SHALOM (wholeness, health, and peace)

Dr. Nancy Schurr presents
The Civil War on the Cumberland Plateau
and
Who Won the Civil War?
  
Friday, May 11th
5:30 pm: Potluck Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 pm: “The Civil War on the Cumberland Plateau”

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

Saturday, May 12th
8:30 am: Complimentary Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am: “Who Won the Civil War?”
Adheads Hall (lower level of Fletcher House, Uplands Village campus)
86A Church Drive, Pleasant Hill
                                                  (just off Main Street across from Pleasant Hill Elementary)

Nancy Schurr earned her Ph.D. in 19th Century American History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her dissertation was titled “Inside the Confederate Hospital: Community and Conflict during the Civil War.” She taught for 9 years at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has spent the past 4 years teaching in her home city, Chattanooga. Nancy has a wife and twin 11-year old boys. In her spare time she likes to cook, fish, and watch the Cincinnati Reds.

Shalom Center for Continuing Education
www.ShalomCenterPleasantHill.com
There is no charge to attend, although a freewill donation is suggested.



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
We regret that "Communication in Relationships" has been cancelled.





For more information, see below or use the tabs above

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
Click on the course title for more information and registration forms.  Space is limited, please register early


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.








We regret that this course has been cancelled.  We hope to reschedule.
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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