Chautauqua Comes To Christmount

A Festival of Mind, Body and Spirit


Directors: Dr. Carole Tyler & Rev. Joanne VerBurg

Speaker: Dr. H. Ben Bohren


October 21-25, 2019


Christmount presents a Chautauqua event modeled after the Chautauqua Institution experience!








Meet Dr. H. Ben Bohren

Fifty-three years of ministry…And still going strong!

Over those 53 years, Ben served:

…8 years as Regional Minister-President, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada;

…nearly 8 years as Director of Church Relations -Disciples National Benevolent Association;

…10 years as Director of Church Relations at Chapman University

…He also served 20 years in pastoral ministry:

Sr. Minister, First Christian Church, Orange, CA; Pastor, First Christian Church, Lebanon, KY; and Student Minister at Wintergreen and Beech Grove Christian Churches, Nelson County, VA.

One of Ben’s greatest ministry passions has been working with youth and young adults. He has counseled camps, keynoted retreats and youth conventions in nearly 30 states. At Chapman he helped build the Disciples of Campus program to over 110 members, the largest young adult ministry in the Disciples.

Ben retired to Palm Springs, CA seven years ago and holds dual membership at First Christian Church, North Hollywood and Redlands United Church of Christ, Redlands, CA.

In retirement, Ben continues ministry as a Mission Specialist:

Consultant for the National Benevolent Association,  helping lead XPLOR, a young adult 10 month internship which he helped create and launch and is now the key recruiter for the program. In those 6 years he has been the primary recruitment staff for close to 100 young adults from across the United States and Canada.

He continues to serve on the General Board of the Christian Church, the Board of Higher Education Leadership Ministries (HELM), and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Disciples Seminary Foundation in Claremont, CA.   

2019 Worship Coordinator

AMY MOORE, Worship Coordinator for the 2019 Chautauqua event, is a musician and graphic artist.  Currently, Amy serves First Christian Church, Black Mountain as Music Coordinator and designer of  multi-sensory worship experiences for the church year.

Schedule for Chautauqua


3p        Check-in/Registration

6p        Dinner

7p        Get Acquainted/Orientation to the Week - Sundaes on Monday



8a                    Breakfast

8:55am           Peace Pole

9:15a               Worship & Keynote with Dr. Ben Bohren

10:30a             Presentation: "Music & Story" - Julia Tanner & Beth Easter

Noon               Lunch

2-6p                Workshops

                           2pm - George Michie: "The Rough Side of the Mountain"

                           4pm - Book Club: Discussion led by Dr. Carolyn Ledford 

                                        Book: "Don't Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times"

                                                     by author Irshad Manji

6p                    Dinner

7:30p               Concert: Underhill Rose


Wednesday:  DIVERSITY

8a                    Breakfast

8:55am           Peace Pole

9:15a               Worship & Keynote with Dr. Ben Bohren

10:30a             Presentation - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters -

                                                 "Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World"

Noon               Lunch

1-6p                All Afternoon Free Time

6p                    Dinner

7:30p               Concert: Joshua Messick


Thursday:  EQUITY

8a                    Breakfast

8:55am           Peace Pole

9:15a               Worship & Keynote with Dr. Ben Bohren

10:30a             Presentation - David LaMotte and Tyrone Greenlee - "Which Way is Forward?

                                                                                                       A Conversation on Race and Racism"

Noon               Lunch

2-6p                Workshops 

                         2pm: Jack Ollis, Nature Photographer

                         4pm: Gentle Yoga with Yoga Instructor Beth Morris

6p                    Dinner

7:30p               Concert: Robin Bullock



8a                    Closing Communion with Rev. Dr. Shannon Spencer

8:30a               Peace Pole

8:45a               Breakfast & Check-Out

Morning Presentations

Julia Tanner and Beth Easter
featured presenters
Tuesday morning

Tuesday Morning at 10:30am


Julia Tanner and Beth Easter

"Music and Story"

Julia Tanner, Cellist and Beth Easter, Story Sculptor, come to Christmount from Nashville, Tennessee and from the Disciples House at Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY where we first met them. Both are writers and performers.


Julia, a professional cellist, retired in 2015 from her position as Assistant Principal Cellist with the Nashville City Orchestra, but is still an active studio musician. She is also a poet and producer of music for meditation.


In Beth Easter’s professional career as a Psychologist, she has remained active in the world of storytelling. “I want to use ‘story’ as a looking glass, for people to discover what has been hidden from their view….and to ‘disintegrate’ some of the fears that hold us hostage.”

Wednesday at 10:30am

Rebecca Todd Peters

"Solidarity Ethics"


The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Poverty and Social Justice Program at Elon University.  Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she has been active denominationally and ecumenically for over twenty-five years and currently represents the PCUSA as a member of the Faith and Order Standing Commission of the World Council of Churches.


She is a graduate of Rhodes College (B.A.), and Union Theological Seminary in New York (M.Div., Ph.D., Christian Social Ethics) and is widely published. Her presentation at Christmount will be based on her book, Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World, a 2014 publication.

Thursday at 10:30am

David LaMotte & Tyrone Greenlee

        Which way is Forward?

            A Conversation on Race & Racism

David LaMotte, an award winning songwriter, speaker and author, holds a Master's Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  His work as a facilitator of conflict transformation workshops has provided him with many opportunities to share his messages of "Challenging the Myth of  Powerlessness.". LaMotte  has presented at the PC (USA) Mission to the United Nations, keynoted at peace conferences in Berlin, India and at the Scottish Parliament.   He makes his home in  Black Mountain, North Carolina with his wife Deanna and son  Mason.

Tyrone Greenlee currently works as director of Christians for a
United Community
, a non-profit coalition of churches which
mobilizes people of faith around issues of social justice focusing on dismantling racism and the disparities caused by racism. He also works as a mentor/mediator at the Francine Delany New School for Children in West Asheville. Tyrone currently serves on the boards of Green Opportunities, and Hands and Feet of Asheville. In addition, Tyrone volunteers with the Building Bridges of Asheville anti-racism

Closing Communion

Friday at 8:30am


Rev. Dr. Shannon Spencer is an ordained UCC pastor who is the Founder and Director of the Asheville Poverty Initiative (API).  She also serves as a Chaplain at Swannanoa Valley Correctional Center for Women.  API offers opportunities for community building and personal encounters that will challenge stereotypes and decrease the fear that comes from an “us or them” philosophy.  One such opportunity is the 12 Baskets Cafe in Asheville where API provides a place where everyone can gather to enjoy a free lunch and conversation.

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters

Scholar, Teacher, Preacher

featured presenter

Wednesday morning at 10:30am

Afternoon Workshops

Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday at 2:00pm

"The Rough Side of the Mountain" - George Michie, Jr. 

George B. Michie, Jr. was born in Chicago, raised in Hamburg, New York, but spent most of his life in Charlotte, NC.  His book, The Rough Side of the Mountain, recounts his family’s 35-year journey (1968-2003) as part of a multiracial Presbyterian church in Charlotte, where black and white congregants worshiped, sang, and struggled side by side to deal with that city’s turbulent racism.  He and his wife, Mary Carol, currently live in  Black Mountain.

Tuesday at 4:00pm


Dr. Carolyn Ledford is an educator with a lifelong interest in diversity education. Students from elementary grades through graduate education have benefited from her leadership and teaching. At East Carolina University’s College of Education, she served as Director of Global Initiatives, a position that afforded her the opportunity to work with educators at Hiroshima University, Osaka University and Naruto University on the development of Global Partnership Schools. The goal of the project was to learn to “listen first to understand.” Also of interest  was her management of a Longview Foundation grant between ECU and United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE.   Dr. Ledford has long been an active lay leader in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She served two terms on the General Board of the church as well as a member of the Administrative and Executive committees. She is native of Kentucky and is married to John Ledford, a retired Disciples of Christ minister. They have two children and six grandchildren.

The book,  "DON’T  LABEL ME: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times" by Irshad Manji, will be used as a springboard for the “2019 Chautauqua Comes to Christmount “ participants to engage in  “An  Incredible Conversation for Divided Times.”


Manji is the founder of the Moral Courage Project at the University of Southern California.  She is also a New York Times Bestselling Author. 

George Mitchie
Carolyn Ledford

Thursday Afternoon

Thursday at 4:00pm

Beth Morris

Experience Yoga

Beth Morris is a Yoga Instructor (200 E-RYT, 500 RYT, TCTSY-F, YACEP, MSW) who leads Yoga experiences for all levels, all ages, and stages.  Come at 4pm on Thursday to explore with her your truest nature in a quiet Chautauqua moment at  Christmount.

Thursday at 2:00pm

Jack Ollis 

Nature Photography

Jack Ollis grew up in the mountains of NC where, in his early years, he developed interests in photography and hiking, two interests that followed him through every stage of his academic experiences and other professional pursuits.

Ollis has published over 200 nature photographs in newspapers and other publications. He has received two first place awards in the Landscape category: one in the publication, "Wildlife in North Carolina" and another in The Carolina Mountain Club photo contest. 


Today, you can see some, or all, of the several thousand photographs he has posted on Facebook (Jack Cathy Ollis) and Instagram (Jack Ollis); posted especially for those who enjoy nature but are no longer able to hike to many of the places where amazing vistas have been captured by this artist’s eye.

Evening Entertainment

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights include concerts featuring local musicians. Concerts are included in your Chautauqua Registration package.

The concerts are also open to the general public.

Those wishing to attend an evening concert may purchase a ticket by clicking here - or you may purchase tickets at the door.

Concert tickets are $20 per person. 

Molly Rose and Eleanor Underhill

Underhill Rose

in concert Tuesday

at 7:30pm

Underhill Rose will present the Tuesday evening concert during the fourth annual Chautauqua Comes to Christmount event.  The performance will begin at 7:30 pm, October 22, 2019 at Christmount’s 222 Fern Way facility. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.

UNDERHILL ROSE is an internationally-recognized band known for blending aspects of Americana, R&B, country, and bluegrass into an authentic sound that is all their own.  Come and experience the soaring voice of Molly Rose and her acoustic  guitar together with the distinctive styling of Eleanor Underhill’s open-backed banjo and salty blues vocals.

Joshua Messick in concert

Wednesday at 7:30pm

Hammered     Dulcimer

Joshua Messick, will present the Wednesday evening concert during the fourth annual Chautauqua Comes to Christmount event.  His solo performance will begin at 7:30 pm, October 23, 2019 at Christmount’s 222 Fern Way facility. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.


Joshua began arranging music at ten and began composing in high school. By the time he was eighteen he was recognized as the 2003 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion.


As a composer, Joshua draws from Celtic, classical, and old world styles. For those who love more traditional music, reviewers say he breathes new life into folk music, hymns, classical, and traditional favorites. In other words, you won’t want to miss his concert.

Joshua Messick


    Robin Bullock in Concert 

Thursday at 7:30pm



Robin Bullock is a warm friendly presence on stage who effortlessly creates a magical world for the audience with his multi-instrumental wizardry, sounding out an unforgettable journey into the heart’s deep core.  His is “a rare combination of technical mastery and emotional nuance.”


As the publication SING puts it, “Robin has the uncanny ability to combine precision, virtuosity, and soul” adding that “his reputation as one of the best folk instrumentalist in the business is  well deserved.”

Robin Bullock

Bullock maintains a busy international schedule both as a solo performer and as a collaborator with many other well know performers. However, there are many who know him best as an experienced and articulate instructor through his work at a number of the US’s leading acoustic music camps.  One such camp is the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina where he was honored in 2016 with a Master Music Maker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musicianship and Teaching. If you come hear his performance this year at Christmount, you can hear the magic for yourself AND “do your soul some good.”

Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. 

Lodging: Guest House motel rooms, Group Lodge, Watson Cottages, Davis Hall, Camp Cabins, RV Park

Meals: Dining Hall


Begins: Monday, 6:00 pm.
Ends: Friday morning with closing communion service


Check Registration Page for pricing options. Commuter rates available. Click the "Register Now" button for more details and payment information. Payment options include credit card, check, or at the door. 




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