Disciples News Service

Appalachian Ministries 2009 Classes Begin In January

AMERCThe Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC) has announced its courses for 2009. AMERC’s first course, "Fierce Landscapes: Listening to the People of Appalachia," will allow students to experience on-site interactions with congregations, and religious and community leaders in southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. The class runs Jan. 2-13. Two other January courses offered by AMERC, "Faith, Health, and Economics: an Appalachian Experience," and "Christ, Culture, and Mission in Appalachian" are full.

AMERC will offer the course "Religion and Arts of Appalachia" May 22-June 5. This class is designed to help students understand the religious and economic realities that form the arts and culture of the Appalachian region of Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Another course, "Mountain Stories: Care for Self and Community," will be taught May 25-June 7. The Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center is located in Berea, Ky. To get more or to register for a class, go to: www.amerc.org