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Bonfires, Magic Wells and Spirits of the Air, Mountain Folklore, Jewish and Christian Dialogue

Program Number: 21341RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Price starting at: $675.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Coordinated by Intentional Growth Center.



Bon-Fires, Magic Wells and Spirits of the Air

Search the Celtic past to understand ancient festivals such as Halloween, New Year’s Eve and May Day. See how these festivals are incorporated into the Christian Church in Scotland and how they evolved into today’s holiday observances.



Appalachian Mountain Folklore

This course reveals the mystery of the mountains through the stories of the tellers themselves – the voice of the people. Their stories are deeply spiritual without being preachy; wise without being ‘uppity,’ and above all, honest. The art of storytelling in Appalachia keeps the ancient fires burning – the old memories and traditions will not be lost. Participants will learn about Cobb Mountain, Stump-Settin’ and the influence of the American Indian, African-American, and European, with discussion of present day Latino.



Differences Between Christianity and Judaism

Explore the religious/theological beliefs and practices that unite and divide Christians and Jews as we try to better understand both groups and explore possibilities toward advancing the Jewish-Christian dialogue.




Lake Junaluska

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the ridgelines of Haywood County, offering visitors to Lake Junaluska a beautiful view of the Southern Appalachians Mountains. Asheville and the famous Biltmore Estate are a short drive away.



Accommodations
Modern Hotel overlooking scenic Lake Junaluska. Gorgeous views from the dining room. Alcohol and smoke-free facilities.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Terrace Hotel
  Lake Junaluska, NC 5 nights
 The Terrace Hotel
Type: Conference Center
  Contact info: 689 N Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA
phone: 828-452-2881 x490
web: www.lakejunaluska.com
  Room amenities: In room coffee, iron and board; hair dryer upon request
  Facility amenities: Hotel Lobby has coffee 24 hours/day; outdoor pool in season; fitness center nearby; internet access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for rates 1-800-222-4930. Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for rates 1-800-222-4930. Participants must contact hotel in advance to confirm rates and availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins with registration at 3:00 PM, meet in Terrace Hotel lobby. You will be staying at The Terrace Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 1:00 PM, check out by 11:00 AM You will be staying at The Terrace Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Junaluska, NC
  Nearest city or town:  Waynesville, NC
  Nearest highway: Routes 23/74 and Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Asheville, NC
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Junaluska, NC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Asheville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Various
phone: 828-452-2881 x384
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 min 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

The Conference Center has a contract with a commercial service in Asheville. Call for details.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East (Asheville) I-40 West to Exit 27 (Hwy. 19, 23, 74) 25 miles; follow Hwy 19 South 4.1 miles to Exit 103; continue on Hwy 19 South 1 mile to stone gate entrance to Lake Junaluska Assembly. Turn right on Lakeshore Drive; at next intersection, turn right and continue on Lakeshore Drive to: Terrace Hotel (on the left) .5 mile. To Lambuth Inn, continue on Lakeshore Drive up the hill to the Cross and take a sharp left. GPS devices are not necessarily correct in the area. Please use written instructions after you leave I-40.
  From the South (Atlanta) I-85 North to I-985 to Hwy 23 North to Waynesville, NC (187 miles). At Exit 102B take Hwy. 276 North 1.3 miles to junction of Hwy. 19 South. Turn right on Hwy. 19. Drive a short distance to Lake Junaluska Assembly entrance which will be on your left. Turn left on Lakeshore Drive and at the next intersection, turn right and continue on Lakeshore Drive to Terrace Hotel (on the left) .5 miles. To Lambuth Inn, continue on Lakeshore Drive up the hill to the Cross and take a sharp left. GPS devices are not necessarily correct in the area. Please use written directions after you exit 23/74.
  From the West (Knoxville) I-40 East to Exit 20 (90 miles; Take Hwy. 276 to Hwy 19 North (5.8 miles). Turn left on Hwy. 19 North and continue 3 miles to Lake Junaluska Assembly entrance. Turn left on Lakeshore Drive; at next intersection turn right and continue on Lakeshore Drive to Terrace Hotel (on the left) .5 mile. To Lambuth Inn, continue on Lakeshore Drive up the hill to the Cross and take a sharp left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome! Be warmly greeted by our hospitable staff as you arrive at the hotel.
(Sunday, October 26)
   
 Afternoon: Following Registration, experience a presentation of the "History of Lake Junaluska".
 Afternoon: Registration from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM in the hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room, buffet style.
 Evening: Orientation
   
Accommodations: The Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning and afternoon courses. Enjoy local entertainment in the evening.
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in Hotel dining room
 Morning: Lecture One: Names, epithets and titles of God in Judaism. The concept of God in the Jewish Bible and in post-biblical literature. Radical monotheism. The shema. Rejection of systematization of theology in Judaism. The rabbinic idea of machloket. Maimonides' "Thirteen Principles of Faith." Torah and God: the relationship according to Tj Hag. 1:17 Lecture Two: Settlers of the British Isles; overview of Celts and festivals; Samhuinn
 Lunch: Lunch served in Hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Part I: "The First “Appalachians" • A brief history of the mound cultures and the First People • Elder Jerry Wolf of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee—“I am from the Land of the Cherokee” • Lloyd Arneach of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee—“If you have heard the (Cherokee) story, it was not a sacred story; sacred stories are not told in public” ** Part II: "The Usurpers/The Bridge: European Invasion and intermarriage" • The Trail of Tears and European settlement • Marylou Awiakta— “in the summertime, we went barefoot on the home ground where all the memories were…” • Charlotte Ross—“Nancy Ward, Cherokee ‘Beloved Woman,’ is my eleven/twelve times grandmother.”
 Dinner: Dinner served in Hotel dining room
 Evening: Enjoy an evening with local entertainment.
   
Accommodations: The Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning and afternoon courses. Enjoy a movie in the evening.
(Tuesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room
 Morning: Lecture One: The Christian concept of God. Virgin birth, incarnation, Kenosis theory in Letter to the Philippians. A concept of incarnation in Judaism (Ez.2:8-10). The terms Christ and Messiah. The Christological titles in the New Testament: their previous Jewish meaning and their transformation. The concept of Trinity within monotheism (St. Augustine). Heresies. The Nicaean Creed and its fallout for the Jews. Lecture Two: Celtic festival of Imbolc
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Part III: "Power in the Blood" • Religion, Isolation and Enrichment • Sheila Kay Adams—“for some reason, mountain people have the ability to ‘go back.’ I think it’s from not being able to read and write for so long.” • Gary Carden—There’s a negative aspect to mountain culture – it’s the idea that we should ‘stay in our place,’ It puts you in a box and you’re not supposed to get out of it.” • Betty Smith—“my dad grew up where the ballad of Ohmie Wise is from – some said she was not what she should have been. My aunt said, ‘That is just not so!’” ** Part IV: "Expulsion from Eden" • Angelyn DeBord—“We lived in North Carolina Forever – now we can’t afford it” • Dot Jackson—“I done got my tomb rock and I ain’t leavin’”
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room
 Evening: Enjoy a movie. Our hospitality room is always open with games, puzzles, snacks and conversation!
   
Accommodations: The Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning and evening courses with the afternoon free for your own pleasure.
(Wednesday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room
 Morning: Lecture One: The Great Commission. Resurrection. The forty days. Ascension. Pentecost (shavu'ot). Early Judeo-Christian. Church. Stephen's death. Saul on the Road to Damascus. Paul's modification of Judaism for the Gentiles and his motivation. Circumcision, kashrut, holy calendar. Jewish and Hellenistic theological justification for Paul's missionizing of gentiles. Plato's Parable of the Cave. The philosophical notions of "signifier" and "signified." Romans 9-11.Was Paul a Jewish traitor or Jewish dreamer? Paul's teleology in I Corinthians 15:24. Lecture Two: Celtic festival of Bealltain
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon to explore the area.
 Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room
 Evening: Part V: " Lecture & Concert: A Grand Inheritance" • Ted Hicks & his mother Rosa, the wife of Ray Hicks: On Beech Mountain • Elizabeth Ellis and Cobb Mountain • That boy named Jack – Appalachian Jack Tales
   
Accommodations: The Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning and afternoon courses with local performer as evening entertainment.
(Thursday, October 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served in hotel dining room
 Morning: Lecture One: What is a symbol? Circumcision in Judaism and its purpose. What is a sacrament in the Church? The seven sacraments. Jewish antecedents to Christian baptism: proselyte baptism, Essene ablutions, and John the Baptist's baptism. Jewish and Christian notions of sin compared. The didache and the mechanics of Christian baptism. Lecture Two: Celtic festival of Lughnasadh
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Part VI: "Oh, the Names we do call Ourselves" • Linda Goss—“others used to tell us who and what we were; now we can call ourselves anything we want, and we change it frequently” • Sparky Rucker—all of my roots are within sight of that mountain (Knoxville, Tennessee.) Pinto beans and cornbread, turnip greens, fiddles and banjoes . . . everything I’d ever want is here.” ** Part VII: "Storytelling Today and Tomorrow" • John Thomas Fowler—“what I am doing is preserving who I am as a person” • Jo Carson—“I come from a family of scientists and mathematicians…if you weren’t going to be a scientist or a mathematician, the least you could do was be a teacher,” and then, “I had to lose my Appalachian identity—I couldn’t keep it and get a job.” ** Course Wrap-up – The Wisdom Speakers – Poetry from the Heart of the Mountain
 Dinner: Banquet is served in hotel dining room with plated salad and dessert, buffet line for entree, reserved seating.
 Evening: Enjoy local entertainment
   
Accommodations: The Terrace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap Up
(Friday, October 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room
 Morning: Lecture One: The Exodus, the Jewish Passover and their meaning. Kiddush. The Eucharist (Holy Communion, Last Supper, Lord's Supper). The ongoing need for this sacrament. Christ's words of institution of the Last Supper and possible meanings. Lecture two: Wrap up course discussing other festivals of Scandinavian and Scottish origin.
 Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lake Junaluska, NC General Overview
On the grounds: Fitness Center(minimal fee) Golf (adjacent to Lake Junaluska); Tennis, Shuffleboard, walk around the lake (featuring the Rose Walk, Foot Bridge, Asbury Trail);swimming; paddle boats and canoes (in season); Corneille Bryan Native Garden; The United Methodist Heritage Center; Junaluska Bookstore and Gift Shop; World Methodist Museum; Susanna Wesley Gardens. Nearby places of interest: Downtown Waynesville with many unique shops; Asheville; Biltmore Estate in Asheville; Blue Ridge Parkway; Cherokee Indian Reservation; Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, Smoky Mountain National Park.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Storytelling in Southern Appalachia: Interviews with Sixteen Keepers of the Oral Tradition


Author: Saundra Gerrell Kelley


Danger in Blackwater Swamp


Author: Saundra Gerrell Kelley


Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship


Author: Markus Borg


The Birth of Christianity from the Matrix of Judaism


Author: Walter Ziffer


The Jewish Gospels


Author: Daniel Boyarim




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