aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Where I've Been

During my recent stay in Nashville, I stayed at the Scarritt-Bennett Center (formerly Scarritt College), a retreat center operated by the UM Women. My actual meetings were at the General Commission on UM Men's offices down the street.

I stayed in Gibson Hall. In the first picture, below, you can see the tower associated with S-B from behind Gibson. In the second picture, you are looking at the entry to the dining hall through Bennett Hall's entrance to the lawn facing the Kern building, where the General Board of Discipleship has its offices.

The UM complex features The Upper Room, GBOD, S-B Center, and the General Baord of Higher Education and Ministry. It sits between Vanderbilt University (a UM college) and Music Square. Ground Zero for the Music Industry is bracketed by the GCUMM and the UM Publishing House.

Back in the day, Nashville was the HQ of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Various mergers which eventually created The UMC mean that various other HQ complexes have been absorbed, which is why the General Board of Global Ministries is in NY, the General Board of Church and Society is in DC, and the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits is in Evanston, IL.

Scaritt really isn't that old, but the stonework and slate roofs give it a distinctly medieval appearance. Classy place, all in all.

Scarritt-Bennett Center Scarritt-Bennett Center
Bennett Hall Tower seen from behind Gibson Hall
Scarritt-Bennett Center Scarritt-Bennett Center
Walkway through Bennett Hall


  • Location, location, location

    English has these sets of location-words, which are distinguishable by their initial sounds. HERE means “at this location.” THERE means “at that…

  • More on clergy education and credentialing

    My Annual Conference is meeting this weekend. It's a time to think about those awe-ful words said to each new ordinand, "Take thou authority to…

  • Too much of a good thing

    In the Sixteenth Century, the Kingdom of Spain controlled most of Central and South America as well as the Philippines. They looted the natives and…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.