September 10, 2013
Long Comments on New York Times Piece
Tom Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, was quoted in a New York Times article about an Alabama preacher arrested on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
“There is a strand of American Christianity that boils the Gospel down to a story of, ‘Once I was blind, but now I see,’ ” said Thomas G. Long, a professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University who researches preaching. “Add a gallon and a half of emotional intensity, and that becomes very attractive to adolescents.”
Read the full article, "Evangelist’s Flock Keeps the Faith After His Brush With the Law," here: http://nyti.ms/165
September 6, 2013
Erskine Among Emory Faculty Reflecting on King Legacy
Noel Erskine, professor of theology and ethics, was among select Emory University professors across several disciplines offering perspective on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington in a September 3 piece in the Emory Report. August 28 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's march and historic "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
"I suppose as a university we could begin to ask, ‘How do we talk about the dream in the 21st century, post-Obama? Where are we as a university on some of these issues for which King stood and fought and talked about in his dream?’ We have ethical commitm
August 27, 2013
Lafayette Tapped As First-Person Source In Civil Rights Articles
Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Bernard Lafayette was interviewed in the Michigan Chronicle and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a first-person source on the March on Washington, which celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, August 27.
"What JFK was concerned about is that these demonstrations and these marches showed discontent with the system. It made it a little more difficult for him to try to tell the rest of the world to look at us as a model when you had people complaining and protesting that they were not treated as equal citizens. In spite of that, we felt that we had been waiting too long."
Read the full Michigan Chroni
August 22, 2013
Endowment Honors Pioneer African American Faculty
Candler School of Theology has established the Erskine-Smith-Moseley Scholarship Endowment in honor of three of the school’s first African American faculty in order to provide students of the school’s Black Church Studies Program with scholarships and stipends to support their theological education.
Named for Noel Erskine, Luther Smith, and Romney Moseley, three pioneer black scholars at Candler, the scholarships will provide support during ministerial education and pastoral leadership development. The fund reached the $100,000 mark this summer and income from the endowment will begin underwriting scholarships in fall 2014.
Gifts for the endowment were given by alumni and current students, members of the Black Student Caucus, and friends of Candler, with a matching gift providing the final amount needed to achieve full funding. Additional gifts to the endowment will increase the amount of funds available for annual student scholarships.
August 18, 2013
Candler Welcomes New Faculty
The start of the 2013-2014 school year brings with it the addition of two new faculty members at Candler School of Theology. Dr. Thomas W. Elliott, Jr. will serve as the director of Contextual Education II, assistant professor in the practice of practical theology, and director of the Teaching Parish program and ministry internships. Nichole Renée Phillips joins the school as assistant professor of religion and human difference.
Elliott comes to Candler after 26 years as an elder in the North Georgia conference of The United Methodist Church. His work focuses on Wesleyan studies, polity, evangelism and mission, and contextual education.
An ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), Phillips is no stranger to the Candler community—Phillips is no stranger to the Candler community—she joins the faculty following a Candler School of Theology/Graduate Division of Religion post doctoral fellowship. Her research interests include the intersection of religion, psychology, and culture; African American history and cultural studies; practical theology; and cultural anthropology with a focus on ethnographic research.