State of Appalachia Conference — Pipestem State Park, WV

Who? The State of Appalachia Conference is an event meant to bring together faith voices from across the Appalachian region to problem-solve.

What? The conference will focus on the spiritual, economic, and ecological state of the Appalachian region and ways to restore it.

Where? The conference will be held at Pipestem Resort State Park in Pipestem, West Virginia.

When? The conference begins at 1 PM on March 23rd, and ends at 2 PM on March 24th, 2018.
Christian clergy should note that this is the Friday and Saturday prior to Palm Sunday

How? Learn more about the conference and register at StateofAppalachia.org
Scholarships are available, and PA IPL has received a grant to help Pennsylvania attendees gather and continue to build networks and capacity after the conference. 

The theme for the 2018 conference is  based on scripture from Revelations 22:2, focusing on the Tree of Life and healing the nations.


Over 50 years ago, the Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA) formed as a voice for justice in the mountains. The Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA) did historic, ground-breaking work to organize faith leadership.

Many of us who continue to echo its message feel that now is an especially meaningful and critically important time to come together once again to examine the economic, environmental and spiritual conditions of our region, to problem solve, and to organize.
Today, in the spirit of CORA, the State of Appalachia conference will examine the spiritual, economic, and ecological situation of our home.

Together, we will chart a path forward.

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RURAL Partner event: The State of Appalachia – Gathering Faith Voices for a Thriving Appalachia

Rooted in our faith, with a commitment to the spiritual, economic, and ecological restoration of our home, we gather to problem-solve, and to organize.

This conference is co-sponsored by: West Virginia Council of Churches, Christian Appalachian Ministires, Catholic Committee of Appalachia, Creation Justice Ministries and more…, and will take place in Southern West Virginia, at Pipestem State Park.  PA IPL is actively seeking funding for travel and scholarships to support clergy people and lay leaders from congregations in the Appalachian foothills of PA to attend.   Please reach out if you are interested.

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