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.



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.