Christian Social Ethics in Local Context
The funds will be used to develop a course entitled “Christian Social Ethics.” The course will include at least one week focus on the local history of social actions (specifically, discussion of Myles Horton and the Highlander Research and Education Center, hopefully with a visit to Highlander’s former site). It will also include a discussion of framing as it relates to moral decision making in community. Since there is a significant commonalities between framing and Highlander’s community education work, these two aspects of the course will likely be mutually informing and will together provide a potential sewage to discussion of contemporary social issues. Finally, the course will include some community engagement requirement (e.g. volunteering with a local partner).
Project Alignment with the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies
This project advances the goals of the collaborative by integrating attention to place and Southern Appalachia within the topic of Christian social ethics in the twentieth century, and by doing so not simply in the abstract, but through concrete engagement with particular locales.
As a result of this course, students will be able to describe the unique history and contemporary issues of this region and to explain how Christians social ethics might be fruitfully applied not only in this particular context, but also, by extension, in other local contexts in which the students may find themselves. It is also hoped that the course will strengthen connections between School of Theology students and local community partners, connections that may lead to future collaborations.