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Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Does nostalgia override reform?

Simultaneous reflection on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s 200 years and Roane County’s current school debate spurred today’s thoughts.

Fifteen years ago, Bethel’s Session initiated a visioning process that brought attention to a host of long-neglected problems with the church’s physical plant.

This unwelcome news coincided with a sense that church finances were strained and evoked sharply different responses from Bethel’s normally cohesive members.

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