New Harp of Columbia

Carroll McMahan photo

Harmonious voices—often described as spirited, soulful, poignant, even haunting—ring out from Middle Creek United Methodist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. These shape-note singers practice an art older than the church where they’ve assembled. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

In Over the Plain Houses, Atlanta writer Julia Franks gives us a powerful story of a disintegrating marriage, social change, and religious struggles, all set in Southern Appalachia. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads


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Scan the rolling hilltops of West Virginia, and what would you expect to see—an old coal tipple, boulders, the crumbling remains of a settler’s cabin? more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

River baptism

Photo courtesy of WCU Special Collections

George Frizzell has more than just a professional interest in the photographs of river baptisms that are part of the assortment of historic artifacts he oversees as curator of Special Collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. more

Jul 25, 2014 2:18 PM Features

How one defines his or her faith is a personal matter, yet it is not uncommon to engage in a search for meaning. That search may take one to an Ashram in India or a rural Southern Baptist congregation, from loosely defined faith to formal worship. more

Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features

Charles Maynard

Margaret Hester photo

Charles Maynard has spent his life hiking all over the Appalachian Range and tending to its needs. He’s mountain through and through, and the peaks’ solid, stony grandeur seem to have forged in his soul a deeper appreciation for all creation. more

Oct 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Chatlos Chapel

Donated photo

It’s 6 a.m. and the sky is still unlit, the color of chalky charcoal. But in a corner, under the darkened window, a small orange light is on a steady, metronomic blink, flaring and fading at half-second intervals. more

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features