MSSA Program Highlights for June 19-25


The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in Monteagle continues its 140th consecutive summer season of enrichment with an interdenominational worship service at 11 a.m. in the Assembly’s Warren Chapel. The eight-week season will continue through Sunday, Aug. 7, featuring numerous visiting lecturers who will present morning and evening programs in the Auditorium that are free of charge to the public; unless otherwise noted, morning lectures begin at 10:45 a.m. and evening lectures at 7:45 p.m. Anyone interested in a full schedule of the Monteagle Assembly’s 2022 program is welcome to pick one up at the Assembly Office (tel. 931-924-2286), or to peruse the schedule on the Assembly’s website at <www.mssa1882.org>.

The Wayne & Virginia Jervis Bible Week brings friend of the Assembly, Dr. Tom McCullough, back to Monteagle for a week of lectures around the topic: “In the Footsteps of a Wandering Galilean: Putting Jesus in the Land Called Holy in Life and Death.” Lectures Tuesday-Friday at 10:45 a.m. in the Auditorium will trace the life of Jesus from the desert to Galilee and on to Jerusalem. McCullough is the Nelson and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion Emeritus at Centre College and the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University. He also directs archaeological projects in the Middle East. He’s written several books and articles on Galilee, archaeology, and the relationship between history and current events.

Three performances will delight attendees this week, with something for everyone on the schedule. Tuesday evening in the Auditorium, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival brings the Bard to Monteagle with workshops for youth and a special performance, “Macbeth, a crucial conversation,” which presents the story of “Macbeth” as a dialogue between the actors and the audience. The objective is to view the characters’ issues through a contemporary lens while demonstrating the clarity and power of Shakespeare’s poetry. Four notable songwriters from Nashville will perform Friday evening in the Auditorium, sharing their music and experiences with attendees. Scheduled to perform are Bruce Arnston, Michael Kelsh, Jack Sundrud, and Thom Schuyler. Finally, the award-winning After Hours Barbershop Quartet group will perform Saturday evening in the Auditorium. The group got its start at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., in 2007; since then, they’ve placed in the top 10 in the International Quartet Contest multiple times and won the gold medal in 2018.

Thursday evening, join Dr. Molly Worthen from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as she lectures on North American religious and intellectual history in a talk titled, “The Holy Ghost and American Politics.” After attending Yale University for her doctorate, Dr. Worthen has published books, articles, and recently released an audio course for Audible called Charismatic Leaders Who Remade America. She is currently writing a history of political and religious charisma in America. Her lecture will take place in the Auditorium at 7:45 p.m.

Additional events this week include the following:

Sunday, 4 p.m., The Mall: Blessing of the Animals, followed by ice cream social.

Tuesday, 9:15 a.m., The Mall Gazebo: Platform Coffee – conversation and information on the week’s workshops and events. Bring your own mug.

Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., Harton Dining Hall: Southern Cake: From Caramel to Coconut, Lane to Lady Baltimore, how religion, immigration, poverty, plenty, politics, literature, isolation, and new inventions helped bake the cakes of the South. Plus a cake tasting! With Anne Byrn.

The Mission of the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly is to be a welcoming community of Christian faith where people gather to engage in spiritual growth and renewal, lifelong inquiry and learning, recreational, and cultural enrichment, while being good stewards of our natural resources and our Assembly heritage.

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