Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: No
Live video session?: Yes, Optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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|Rich in imagery, story, and emotion, the world of country music is a space where many turn to grieve, celebrate, endure, and even pray. Hank, Loretta and Johnny are just a few examples of how country music helps form the faith of so many people.
Country Music and the Christian Faith is a course for country music lovers who want to connect their love of music and their spiritual lives. This three-week course explores the connections between music, faith, and community without leaving behind the edgier parts of the country sound.
Much of the course consists of listening to and reflecting on music from the rich history and diversity of country music, this course creates the space for shaping spiritual practices and rich playlists through exploring the different potentials of country music and how it speaks to those in need. This course will have optional gathering times for listening to music and reflecting. There will also be a mix of articles, videos and podcasts on the history, theology, and spirituality of country music from Alan Jackson to Zac Brown.
While there are no required textbooks, a Spotify Account (Free or Premium) is required for the course to listen to the assigned playlists and build new playlists. Instructions will be provided how to set up Spotify Account.
Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, we will have optional live meetings.
This course is eligible for .5 CEU if you attend 5 of the six online meetings
About the Instructor
Jonathan LeMaster-Smith lives with his wife, Shannon, in Hildebran, North Carolina (District 12 of the Hunger Games movies). He holds a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a focus on Rural Ministry and Methodist Studies. His work includes presentations on Dolly Parton, articles on ditch lilies, and musings about the genius of mayonnaise.