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). 

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