Candler Centennial Events

Fall Celebration, Oct 23-24, 2014

The Fall event was a time when faculty and faculty emeriti, students, and alumni, as well as faithful supporters of the school, could celebrate the history of the institution. The emphasis was on memory and narration.

Oct. 23: Memories of Candler in Word and Music in Cannon Chapel told the Candler story through live presentations and performances by Candler faculty, staff, students, alumni; and video segments that highlighted milestone moments and contributions from Candler's history.

Oct. 24: The Centennial Convocation in Glenn Memorial Church was a large public event designed to highlight Candler's historic significance within and to the larger Atlanta community. Centennial medals were awarded to selected Emory and Atlanta dignitaries. Watch the Centennial Convocation.

Spring Academic Conference, March 18-20, 2015

This three-day conference focused on Candler's vision for the future of theology for the church. It was national in scope, with major papers by Candler faculty proposing ways forward for diverse theological disciplines, and with significant invited guests serving as panelists. 

Designed for scholars of theology, the conference explored the themes of Logos: Theological Imagination and Secularization; Person: The Image of God in the Contemporary World; Cosmos: God's Creation and the Care of the Earth; and Polity:The Kingdom of God and Global Pluralism. For more on the conference, click here.

Watch the recordings from the Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference.

Calendar of Events 2014-2015

Event DateEvent Description
Aug. 28
Fall Convocation and Phase II Building Dedication (11 a.m.), All School Luncheon
Convocation Address: Carl R. Holladay, Charles Howard Candler of New Testament Studies
Dedication: M. Pat Graham, Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Librarian, and Bishop Woodie W. White, Bishop-in-Residence
Sept. 12Dedication of the new Wesley Teaching Chapel and Luncheon
Preacher: Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching
Sept. 18
McDonald Lecture with Garry Wills (Glenn Memorial, 7 p.m.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, historian
Sept. 19-21
Homecoming Weekend, Alumni Reunions
Sept. 28
Centennial Organ Recital with Timothy Albrecht (Cannon Chapel, 3 p.m.)
Oct. 15Howard Thurman Lecture (11 a.m.)
Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, at Duke Divinity
Oct. 16Black Church Studies Chapel Service and Dedication of the Grant Shockley Room (Cannon Chapel, 11 a.m.) and Luncheon
Dedication: Noel Erskine, Professor of Theology and Ethics, and Bishop Woodie W. White, Bishop-in-Residence
Oct. 21Reformation Day: "Reform in the University and the Church" (Pitts Theology Library, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Oct. 23Service of Word
Preacher: Brent Strawn, Professor of Old Testament
Oct. 23

Memories of Candler in Word and Music
Director: Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music

Oct. 24

Centennial Convocation (Glenn Memorial) (10:30 am) and All School Luncheon
Centennial Convocation Address: Luther E. Smith Jr., Professor of Church and Community
Conferral of Centennial Medals
Tours of Candler's new building

Nov. 6-7

Women Theology and Ministry Events
Roberta Bondi Room Dedication & Dinner (Nov. 6)
Annual Women’s Forum: "Honoring the Women of Candler Past, Present, and Future" (Nov. 7, Candler School of Theology RARB 102, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Honorees and Speakers: Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, and Teresa L. Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics and Director of Black Church Studies

Dec. 3
McDonald Lecture with Garry Wills
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, historian
Jan. 13Spring Convocation
Convocation Address: Steve Tipton, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Sociology of Religion
Feb. 18-20Black Church Studies Events
Anna Julia Cooper Lecture (Feb. 18)
"In the Footsteps" Candler Black Alumni Reunion Conference (Feb. 19-20)
Mar. 18-20

Centennial Academic Conference
Keynote Address: Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Panelists include Marilynne Robinson, M. Shawn Copeland, Norman Wirzba, Sally Bingham, Dana Robert, Daniel Jeyaraj, Steven Kraftchick

Honors Day
Preacher: Ian McFarland, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Systematic Theology