46th Annual Gathering
September 9-11, 2016
Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center
HOPE RISES WITH THE TELLING
This year, CCA commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the USCCB’s pastoral letter, “Economic Justice for All,” and celebrates what would have been just over 50 years of the Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA), from which CCA sprung as the Catholic caucus.
During our weekend together, we will explore with our speakers the historical trends and current state of Appalachia’s economic disparity, and look to the stories and wisdom from the People’s Pastoral for answers to a future filled with promise for our region.
Uneven Ground: Appalachia since 1945, by Dr. Ron Eller, examines the impact of government programs and economic development on Appalachia since World War II and forms the background for our Keynote Conversation.
Bishop John Stowe – Bishop of Diocese of Lexington, KY
A perspective on what shaped the current state of economic affairs in Appalachia, history of the Church’s involvement, & thoughts on the future
Moderated by: Sr. Kathy Wright
Ron Eller – author of Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945
Fr. John Rausch – Appalachian activist & economist
The People’s Pastoral: Re-membering Our Story, Responding to the Times
Michael Iafrate & Jessica Wrobleski
Poetry Readings by KY Poet Laureate
George Ella Lyons
A more complete description and schedule of the weekend is
listed with the registration form in the brochure linked to below.
Send completed Annual Gathering Brochure 2016
with check or money order to:
Catholic Committee of Appalachia
885 Orchard Run
Spencer, WV 25276
Due to the logistics of Aldersgate’s sleeping quarters and meal arrangements, we need to set a deadline for registration. If you haven’t already done so, please register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, but NO LATER than Monday, August 29. Honestly, room assignments cannot be made until we know the number attending, and we would like to strive to give people what they would be most comfortable with. We have also contracted to provide a final one-week notice to Aldersgate’s cafeteria.
304-927-5798 // firstname.lastname@example.org