Rural and Small Church Ministry (3 credits) – offers fresh looks into the cultures, habits and worldviews of congregations and communities in open country to towns of 10,000, including especially Appalachia (regularly at United Lutheran Seminary Gettysburg campus, online, and recently at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Payne Seminary)

Environmental History of Christianity (3 credits) — Online — Includes Rural History

Global and local environmental troubles prompt critical reconsideration of habits and traditions, and in recent decades, scholarly “environmental history” and “ecological hermeneutics” emerged. Inspired by those methods, this course re-reads history of Christianity in eco-theological perspective, seeking precedents and critical insight for the church’s contemporary response to environmental crisis. The course is online and organized in weekly units featuring a-synchronous activities (presentations, media and discussion boards). A required research project happens with a choice of synchronous or a-synchronous options.

Appalachian Church in Society (3 credits) — Intensive with immersion

Get ready for challenges in ministry, through a close look at church, society and ecology in Appalachia. A region rich in cultural histories and stunning landscape, Appalachia has also been traumatized by environmental damage, economic and racial inequality, opioid epidemic and other problems. The intensive week includes traditional classes and immersion trips to Appalachian communities. Assigned readings and presentations introduce methods for community analysis and the roots of environmental and social problems. Conversations with mission leaders probe resilience of church and Spirit. [Fulfills Church in Society requirement or may serve as an elective]

Immersion in Appalachia sponsored by Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center, or a other opportunities.


Students who complete the RSCM course, an immersion, and electives related to rural or small town ministry, may qualify for a Concentration in Town and Country Church Ministry (CTCCM). Inquire with TCCI Director Gil Waldkoenig

“Certificate in Ecology & Theology”  A study option through the Washington Theological Consortium, an ecumenical and inter-faith team of theological schools.

More questions or possibly interested? Talk to Professor Gil Waldkoenig, phone 717-338-3029; gwaldkoenig@ulsedu

Why did ecology-related studies emerge at Gettysburg Seminary?     SEE ALSO eco & faith