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Fred Bahnson, pioneer in church-supported agriculture, to close out Worship Series


 You don’t have to leave Haywood County to hear world class spiritual speakers. Just head to Lake Junaluska this summer for its annual Summer Worship Series, scheduled for Sundays, June 15 through Aug. 10. The series is open to everyone, but geared to adults.

Fred Bahnson will be the final guest preacher of the 2014 Summer Worship Series, Aug.10. Bahnson is a writer, permaculture gardener, and pioneer in church-supported agriculture. He is the director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of “Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith” and is the co-author of “Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile With Creation.”

Bahnson is a featured speaker at the 2014 Wildgoose Festival and was a panelist on faith-based initiatives and childhood obesity at First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier American Summit in Washington, DC in March 2013.

This year’s theme, Grace Upon Grace, is taken from John 1:16: “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace,” said Jennifer Martin, director of program ministries at Lake Junaluska.

“The beauty of the Summer Worship Series is that it offers a variety of services and world-class speakers, preachers, and the Lake Junaluska Singers, Martin said.

Each Sunday during the Worship Series, Holy Communion will be offered at 9 a.m. in Memorial Chapel, followed by an adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. at the Harrell Center, and traditional morning worship at 10:45 a.m. in historic Stuart Auditorium, with guest preachers. Inspirational worship music will be provided by The Lake Junaluska Singers. Childcare is offered at the 10:45 a.m. service for children six months old and older at the Wilson Children’s Complex, 21 Shackford Hall Road.

Each Monday, a Taize Service Of Prayer And Song will be held at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. This service, Martin said, is a contemplative service in a casual atmosphere, modeled after the Taize Community in France, where participants engage in simple repetitive songs, scripture, candlelight, and silence. “It’s a way for people to slow down their fast-paced lives for just a while to contemplate their spiritual world,” Martin said.

To find out more about the 2014 Sunday Summer Worship Series or Lake Junaluska, please visit

or call 800.222.4930.

* Melanie Threlkeld McConnell is a freelance writer, former AP newswoman, editor and media consultant based in Waynesville, NC.


Stephanie Drum
Lake Junaluska