Pages

Shalom Center for Continuing Education is Getting a New Name and a new website! Please go to ullipleasanthill.org for updated information



After almost 20 years of service to the community, and to better reflect the wide range of educational topics offered to the community, the current board of directors has renamed the life-long learning center.  The new name, “Uplands Lifelong Learning Institute,” or ULLI, is in keeping with similar organizations across the country who strive to facilitate learning throughout the lifespan of individuals, encouraging the intellectually curious well into their later years.  Shalom Center has made such learning opportunities affordable and accessible to our area residents and enjoys a proud history of bringing celebrated speakers to the Uplands and Cumberland County vicinity.  

The original Shalom Center was formed in the year 2000, by a group led by Ted Braun.  The goal was to establish an educational “Chautauqua-like” organization promoting life-long learning for the residents of Pleasant Hill and the greater Cumberland Plateau area.  Shalom’s “Statement of Purpose” included the following:

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a non-profit educational center whose purpose is to provide opportunities for holistic education in areas of social, economic, cultural, ecological, ethical, and theological importance on behalf of shalom (wholeness, health, and peace). 

Through conferences, workshops, forums, retreats, institutes, and courses the Shalom Center seeks to engage those in Pleasant Hill and beyond in learning process that is lifelong, inclusive, imaginative, and celebrative, recognizing the integrity of creation and the unity of its inhabitants.”

Despite the overall positive tone of the word “Shalom,” it has often been perceived as strictly a religious term, giving some people the impression that we are a religious group, or that we only present religiously focused programs. In fact, a wide range of topics have been covered, including music, activists/martyrs, war and peace, church and state, faith into action, domestic violence, trauma healing, homophobia, sustainable agriculture, care of the earth, Native American perspectives, and interfaith issues. Over the past year, we’ve offered topics regarding East Tennessee involvement in the Civil War, Peace Corps volunteer experiences around the world, environmental policy issues, as well as spiritual and religious topics. Many regionally and nationally renowned speakers and authors have graciously agreed to present on a variety of subjects, with several committed to this year’s schedule.

Two Spring Short Courses are starting soon: Understanding American Identity: Divided and/or United with Mark Canfield beginning Friday Feb 22 (10-11:30, Rm 1 Pleasant Hill Community Church) and Bridge for Fun (and good for your brain too!) with Pat Harley beginning Friday Mar 1 (1:30-3:30). More information and a registration form for these two classes are attached.  We hope to see you there!

Other short courses beginning later include two shorter courses with Ed Olson, How Do We Know What is True? (Apr 2-Apr 23) and Spirituality of Difference (April 30-May 14). Both will be Tuesday 10-11:30 in Rm 1 of PHCC.   Also, we expect to offer a course on short stories this semester. More info and registration forms for these courses will be available shortly. More info and registration forms for these courses will be available shortly.

Confirmed program topics for 2019 include:
·         Native Americans in East Tennessee, with Dr. Troy Smith of Tennessee Tech (March 15-16)
o    Friday March 15 6:30 pm Native Tennessee- Indians in the pre-contact and colonial period 
o    Saturday March 16 (:30 am): Birth of a (Cherokee) Nation: the trail to the Trail of Tears 
·         Dara Gell with The Innocence Project (May 10-11)
·         Carl McColman, Professed Lay Cistercian, writer, soul friend, storyteller, and retreat leader, on Spirituality (Oct 18-19)
·         John Siewert, Professor of Art and Art History at the College of Wooster, on current and continuing debates about Confederate Monuments and Public Art (summer, date TBA).

We are in the process of finalizing a program on defining and describing one’s Legacy, with Sabina Coronado.

Programs will continue to be held at Adshead Hall at Uplands Village, 86A Church Dr, Pleasant Hill, Tennessee.
More information and a schedule of upcoming events can be accessed at the ULLI website: http://ullipleasanthill.org

Dr. Pete Andrews presents Environmental Policy in the Current Political Climate - Friday, October 5th


 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. Pete Andrews presents
Environmental Policy in the Current Political Climate

Friday, October 5th
5:30 pm: Potluck Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 pm: Environmental Policy Since the 2016 Election:
What's Changed, and Why Does It Matter?

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, October 6th
8:30 am: Complimentary Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am:
Environmental Federalism:
Can the States Solve Problems When the Feds Won't

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

Richard (“Pete”) Andrews is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Policy in the Departments of Public Policy, City and Regional Planning, and Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among other publications, he is the author of Managing the Environment, Managing Ourselves: A History of American Environmental Policy (Yale, 1999, 2006; 3rd edition anticipated 2019), and “The EPA at 40: An Historical Perspective” (Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, 2011).  He has chaired and served on study committees for the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, and the National Research Council, including two terms as a member of the NRC’s Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and its Panel on Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change Through the Behavioral and Social Sciences. http://richardandrews.web.unc.edu/

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


Fall 2018 Short Courses

 THE SHALOM CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION ANNOUNCES
SHORT COURSES FOR FALL 2018 
Don Smith, Ron Johnson, Mark Canfield
Use scripture and the world’s fiction to illuminate the significance of each other. The class will read 8 short stories along with several readings from Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Meet weekly for eight weeks on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am - 11:30 am in Rm 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. Materials provided. Register early so you can receive readings for the first class in advance

Explore the world’s perennial wisdom by using selected sacred texts. Meet weekly for five weeks on Monday afternoons from 2:00 pmto 3:30 pm in Rm 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. Participants need a copy of Rabbi Rami's World Wisdom Bible: A New Testament for a Global Spiritualityavailable on Amazon for $13


Explore three important questions: What should I do? What sort of person should I be? What makes an action right or wrong? Meet weekly for 6 weeks on Friday mornings from 10:00 am - 11:30 am in Rm 1, Pleasant Hill Community Church. Participants should have a copy of Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethicsby Simon Blackburn for $8 on Amazon

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

Saturday Seminar Led by Mark Canfield - Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Mirabai Starr, and Barbara Holmes at Conspire Conference

  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)


THE PATH OF DESCENT IS THE PATH OF TRANSFORMATION
Excerpts of Richard Rohr’s Conspire 2018 Conference
Led by Mark Canfield retired sociology professor and UCC Minister

Saturday, September 15th
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Break for lunch (brown bag or order from May’s Cafe upon check-in)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Conspire Conference is a weekend of contemplative teachings, practices, reflection, and conversation. It looks at questions such as How do we change and grow? How do we become our most whole selves, deeply connected with God and others? How do we learn to experience ourselves as interconnected so that we can truly love?
The Shalom audience will view extended segments and discuss ideas presented during the Conspire Conference in Albuquerque (https://cac.org/conspire2018/). The speakers include: Richard Rohr, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Mirabai Starr, and Barbara Holmes.

These are among the most popular and thoughtful contemporary religious speakers/authors with significant insights on how uncertainty, failure, relapse, suffering (personal and communal), and woundedness are our primary teachers. The mystics of many spiritual traditions teach the path of descent—surrender, generative self-emptying, dying before you die—as the way of transformation. Barbara Brown Taylor has written “I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.”

Through his own journey, Jesus modeled this counter-intuitive wisdom: “Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” To avoid the death of our small, separate self is to avoid transformation into God, into union with one another, into something more. We must lose our life to find our life.

Shalom Center for Continuing Education
www.ShalomCenterPleasantHill.com
  Meeting at 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.




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.