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“Religion in Appalachia” Lecture Series in Montreat, NC, July 21-25


Decatur, GA— Columbia Theological Seminary will offer a series of five lectures, “Religion in Appalachia,” July 21-25, at the Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, NC. The lectures will be presented from 2:30-3:30 p.m. each day, with special evening programs on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00. Admission is free and open to the public. Distinguished presenters include Charles Lippy, president-elect, American Society of Church History, speaking on holiness and the Holy Spirit in central Appalachia; Freeman Owle, Cherokee elder, storyteller, and stone carver; Denise Giardina, a novelist who writes about the struggles of Appalachian coal miners; shape-note singer and teacher Jane Spencer; William Turner, chair of the Appalachian Section, National Endowment for the Humanities, speaking on religion and spirituality among black Appalachians; and John Kuykendall, president emeritus, Davidson College, on the role of Presbyterians in higher education in the region. For lecture titles and more information about the speakers click here or call 404.687.4577. The Montreat lecture series is part of Columbia’s program in Presbyterian and Reformed History and Theology and is offered through the seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. The 2008 series is sponsored by Columbia and the Montreat Conference Center in cooperation with the Montreat Adult Summer Club and the Presbyterian Heritage Center at Montreat. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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