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