Writer and Region: Exploring the Beloved Community
Online Zoom class
The course will explore through literature the meaning of community described by Wendell Berry and several Maine writers. The title “Writer and Region” is taken from an essay by Wendell Berry in which he defines community as, “common experience and common effort on a common ground to which one willingly belongs.” What is a community? And, more particularly, what is a “beloved community?” In different ways, each of the writers we will read - Sarah Orne Jewett, Ruth Moore, Edward Holmes, Elaine Ford, William Carpenter and others - address the theme of community. What makes a community work? What makes a community resilient? Alternately, what can weaken a community? How does a community resolve the tension between tradition and change? Finally, what is the importance of community for us today?
About the instructor
Scott Planting has taught ASC courses about the islands and coastal communities of Downeast Maine. Scott served as president of the Maine Seacoast Mission for nine years. Prior to the Mission, he led a cooperative parish in Western Maine. He was educated at Amherst College and Harvard Divinity School.