Introduction to Worship and Spiritual Formation at Candler

Life at Candler centers around a community committed to a variety of worship styles and spiritual practices reflecting the range of traditions from which we come as a Christian people. During Orientation, you will participate in both corporate and individual forms of worship during our chapel services each morning. Diverse expressions of music, prayers, preaching and communion will give you a taste of the different ways we gather to worship and grow in God. We experience worship at Candler not only by what we do or say, but also through our surroundings; Cannon Chapel offers a unique space for us to engage in spiritual practices and engage our senses through:

  • The unfinished quality of the chapel’s architecture and furnishings
  • The diverse colors, materials, and symbols of the chapel, which reflect the diversity of people at Candler
  • A paradoxical experience of being in a large, open space that also offers intimacy and hiddenness
  • A process of orientation, disorientation and reorientation that helps those of us unfamiliar with particular language, symbols and liturgy become a part of worship and spiritual formation at Candler

We welcome you to the 2014 Candler School of Theology Orientation! If you have any questions about worship or spiritual formation, please feel free to contact either The Rev. Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music at or The Rev. Ellen Echols Purdum, Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation at