Ancient Mountains and Deeply Rooted Lives

“Ancient Mountains and Deeply Rooted Lives” provides a 16-day immersion into the region of central Appalachia through the use of on-site observations, small group discussions, presentations by residents, and theological reflection. Open to CTS degree students and other interested participants.

Course DescriptionThe mountains of Appalachia are among the oldest of our planet. Flowing through its valleys and hollows are streams of spiritual expression dating from its earliest indigenous inhabitants through generations of European settlers of diverse ethnicities and languages. There is a regional distinctiveness here that is characterized by a sacred sense of place.  This seminar seeks to deepen one’s experience and understanding of the Church and its mission through an immersion in the context of rural Appalachia. The course will take students on a journey over Appalachian back roads as we explore traditions of faith deeply rooted and vividly lived in persons ranging from Cherokee grandfathers to coal miner’s daughters. We will encounter men and women of Spirit whose lives reflect the challenges and diversity of the region and whose words and actions echo those of pilgrims, prophets, and poets.  The course will offer opportunities for first-hand encounters with the land, stories, and people of Appalachia.

Course Dates: May 22-June 6, 2017

Tuition (non-CTS students): $1,100*

*Tuition for the course includes accommodations, meals, instruction, and in-course travel during the dates of the course.  Tuition DOES NOT include the cost of travel to/from Atlanta (where the course begins/ends) or personal, incidental expenses.

Application Deadline (non-CTS students): April 18, 2017

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Sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary in conjunction with Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC). For more information download application or contact the Office of International Programs at 404 687-4618 or