Appalachia Documentary Now Available on Conference Website

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Appalachia has long been known for being 'coal country.' Born and raised in the foothills of Appalachia, the Rev. Ryan Grace, videographer and pastor at Maize Manor United Methodist Church, decided to journey into the heart of coal country to look at the history of coal, how coal mining has changed, and what small-town Appalachia is doing to prepare for a future without Big Coal. Ryan and his wife, Mariellyn Grace, a Church and Community Worker, have produced a documentary called "Boom and Bust: The Appalachian Spirit," which follows their trek deep into underground mines, on treacherous dirt roads leading to a mountaintop removal site, and then to three small Appalachian towns deeply affected by their encounters with coal mining. The documentary is now available for viewing on the Conference website , along with a Fact Sheet that provides insights, statistics, and questions for discussion. Ryan and Mariellyn are also available to screen the documentary for your congregation or UMW group. For more information, email Mariellyn at mgrace@wocumc.org.