We live in Appalachia, a region with a history of being exploited, stereotyped, and misunderstood ever since we were described as a “strange land and a peculiar people” in 1873. For our last service in our “Identity” month, join Ash McDaniel and Jennifer Spirko, two native Blount Countians, along with Rob Spirko, a carpetbagger from up north in Morristown, TN, as we talk about what it means to be Appalachian. (Spoiler: it’s more complicated and richer than certain hillbilly elegists have let on. Though we will allow that we’re pretty peculiar people.) We’ll also be joined by Ari Baker, from the Steering Committee of the STAY (Stay Together Appalachian Youth), our Share the Plate partner for this month. We’ll talk about coming to terms with our identities and experiences as Unitarian Universalists in Appalachia (or is that Appalachians in Unitarian Universalism?)—how Appalachian values are UU values and how we all can understand this region differently.
Musician – Hannah White
Board Member on Duty – Crystal Colter