A Historical Survey of Religion and Spiritual Quests in Appalachia

Course Dates: 
8 weeks: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
James McDonald
Course Catalogs: 
2019 Fall

The discovery of the Americas brought thousands of people from the “Old World” seeking a new start. They brought with them a diversity of religious traditions and spiritual practices. The native people had been here for more than 14,000 years and possessed a spiritual nature that permeated their daily lives. After a look at the native peoples of Appalachia, we will explore the paths taken by the newcomers in establishing a rich diversity of religious belief systems and spiritual practices and how they spread throughout Appalachia. Our format for this exploration includes lectures, videos and discussions.

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Instructor: James McDonald (james.mcdonald3@gmail.com) served for 25 years as a Christian educator for Presbyterian USA churches. He last served as Director of Education Ministries at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, FL. He and his wife, Linda, moved to the Asheville area two years ago after many years of bringing groups of youth and adults to Montreat Conference Center and falling in love with Western North Carolina. James’s approach to education in the church has always been to provide encouragement, tolerance and support as people travel their faith journeys.