Of Men Who Ventured Much and Far rRe-enactment at Lake Junaluska

Arts & Entertainment
Lake Junaluska Stuart Auditorium
91 N Lakeshore Dr Lake Junaluska, NC 28785
Jun 30, 2013
7:30 PM

“Of Men Who Ventured Much and Far,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Stuart Auditorium. Free.

In 1911 Bishop Walter Lambuth invited his friend and colleague, Dr. John Wesley Gilbert to travel with him to the Belgian Congo to open a joint mission between the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and Christian Methodist Episcopal churches.  Lambuth was a missionary to Asia, physician, and a trustee of Paine College in Augusta, Ga., and Gilbert was a professor there – and he was black. For a white man and a black man to travel as brothers to the deepest recesses of the Congo in 1911 was remarkable.  This re-enactment is based on a book about the venture by Dr. E. Clayton Calhoun, a Methodist minister and a former president of Paine College, who wrote the story in 1961 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lambuth and Gilbert’s landmark journey. Calhoun’s son, the Rev. Ashley M. Calhoun, a retired research archivist at the SEJ Heritage Center at Lake Junaluska, wrote the drama, which shares the same title as his father’s book.