Faculty Speaking Engagements

Candler School of Theology and its faculty organize and host speaker series, conferences and other events on campus. Our faculty are also in demand for seminars and conferences across the country. Read on for a selection of speaking engagements.

Past Speaking Engagements by Year

2015

November 21 - "Shifting Forms of Religious Practice and Identity: Four Studies," Respondent, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2015.

October 28 - "Preaching the Flood: The Flood in Second Temple Judaism," lecture at From Nippur to Noah symposium, Carlos Museum, Emory University

Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

, 2015.

September 25 - "The Nippur Deluge Tablet: The Eridu Genesis," Carlos Museum, Emory University

Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

, 2015.

August 05 - "Understanding Christian Peacemaking Efforts in Israel/Palestine," Meeting of the John Calvin Presbytery in Forsyth, MO

Deanna Ferree Womack, Assistant Professor in the Practice of History of Religions and Multifaith Relations

, 2015.

July 01 - "The Ratchet and The Righteous: Decoding Trap Muzik for 'Thug' Theology and Theodicy," Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) Summer Academy, Candler School of Theology

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2015.

June 25 - "Images of Islam: American Missionary and Arab Perspectives," Yale-Edinburgh Conference on Religion and Religions in the History of Missions

Deanna Ferree Womack, Assistant Professor in the Practice of History of Religions and Multifaith Relations

, 2015.

June 23 - "The early Methodist class meeting and its potential relevance for contemporary United Methodism," Presentation to the Bishop and Annual Conference Leadership of the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Lake Junaluska, NC

Kevin M. Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

, 2015.

June 12 - "The early Methodist class meeting and its potential relevance for contemporary United Methodism," Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Grove City, PA

Kevin M. Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

, 2015.

June 09 - "John Wesley's understanding of the doctrinal and disciplinary essentials of early Methodism and their potential relevance for the renewal of contemporary Methodism," Evangelical Fellowship of West Ohio, Lakeside, OH

Kevin M. Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

, 2015.

June 04 - "The Church as Peacebuilder in the War on Kids," Missouri Annual Conference of UMC

Elizabeth Corrie, Director, Youth Theological Initiative; Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding

, 2015.

June 01 - "Redeeming Memories: From the Trauma of a Collective Past to the Hope of Resurrection," Florida United Methodist Church (UMC) Candler Club

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2015.

May 20 - "Preaching and Popular Culture," Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Teresa L. Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching

, 2015.

May 15 - "Staring at the Sun: In Praise of Normal," baccalaureate address, La Grange College, La Grange, GA

Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

, 2015.

May 13 - "Small group formation in early Methodism, John Wesley's use of 'Christian conference,' and the renewal of contemporary United Methodism," Clergy Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dayton, OH

Kevin M. Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

, 2015.

May 04 - "Christian conference in early Methodism and its relevance for contemporary United Methodism," Wesleyan Renewal Movement of the North Georgia United Methodist Church, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church

Kevin M. Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

, 2015.

May 01 - "21st Century Prophetic Preaching," 57th Minsters Convocation, Prairie View A and M University

Teresa L. Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching

, 2015.

April 30 - "Power and Paucity of Twenty First Century Preaching," Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Teresa L. Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching

, 2015.

April 20 - "Theological and Ethical Root System for Environmental Justice," Keynote Address, National Creation Care Conference, United Methodist Church

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

, 2015.

April 01 - "The Image of God, Police Brutality, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ" Panel, Town Hall Meeting, Higher Ground Empowerment Center

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2015.

April 01 - Fearless Dialogues (TM) Conversation on Muteness and Invisibility, International Women's Forum, The International Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA

Gregory C. Ellison, II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

, 2015.

April 01 - "Working for Good in the World: Reflections on Music Ministry," First UMC, Montgomery, AL

Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music

, 2015.

March 28 - "Growing Old and Growing Wise in the Biblical Traditions," lecture for Rediscovering Ourselves: A Path to Wisdom: A Lecture Series on Living Fully and Intentionally in the Third Stage of Life, Featherbone Communiversity

Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

, 2015.

March 23 - "Christian conference in early Methodism and its relevance for contemporary United Methodism," Pan Methodist Council of Bishops on "Christian Conferencing"

Kevin M. Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

, 2015.

March 22 - "The Triumph of Life in the Old Testament: On the Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness," Georgia Treasures, Distinguished Speakers Lecture, Carnegie Library

Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

, 2015.

March 19 - "The Hebrew Bible, the Ancient Near East, and 'Legal' Theology," "What Does Christian Theology Offer to the World of Law" Roundtable, Emory Law School

Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

, 2015.

March 19 - "Great Birds of the Kingdom," Prophetic Voices Conference marking the Centennial of Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Ted A. Smith, Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics

, 2015.

March 19 - "Affirmation and Accountability: Ethical Dimensions of 'that Blessed Image,'" Prophetic Voices: Confronting Theological Challenges of the Twenty-First Century, Centennial Conference at Candler School of Theology

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

, 2015.

March 09 - "Creating Covenant Community," Nashville Area Orders Retreat

Anne Burkholder, Associate Dean of Methodist Studies; Professor in the Practice of Ecclesiology and Church Leadership

, 2015.

March 05 - "The Dangers of Silence and Social Activism: Howard Thurman and the Emergence of an Activist Scholar," Candler School of Theology, Lecture in Dr. Minlib Dallh's Comparative Mysticism: Christianity and Islam Class

Gregory C. Ellison, II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

, 2015.

March 03 - "Our Gift of Music," Spring Concerts at Clairmont Place, Korean Church of Atlanta, Northside UMC, William R. Cannon Chapel

Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music

, 2015.

March 01 - "Legal Theology" roundtable participant, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

, 2015.

March 01 - "Together, in the Grace of God, Go We," Marcy Fellows Lecture, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Orlando, Florida

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

, 2015.

February 16 - "The Point of Exegesis is the Exegesis of Life," Alexander Thompson Lecture, Princeton Theological Seminary

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins

, 2015.

February 05 - "Overcoming Justice Fatigue," Princeton Theological Seminary

Teresa L. Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching

, 2015.

February 03 - "History and Practice of Wesleyan Small Group Formation," Kingswood University

Kevin M. Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

, 2015.

February 03 - "Word of God: Catholic Biblical Interpretation Before and After Vatican II," John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins

, 2015.

February 02 - Fearless Dialogues (TM) Leadership Summit, Clergy Leadership Conference, UMC Mississippi Annual Conference, Jackson, MS

Gregory C. Ellison, II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

, 2015.

February 02 - "Signature Pedagogical Practices at the Youth Theological Initiative," Lilly Youth Theology Network Annual Project Directors' Meeting

Elizabeth Corrie, Director, Youth Theological Initiative; Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding

, 2015.

February 01 - "'The Devil Made Me Do It!' Moral Agency in the light of Demonic Influence in Early Judaism," Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor Public Lectures

, McMaster Univeristy

Carol A. Newsom, C.H. Candler Professor of Old Testament

, 2015.

February 01 - "Compassion and Leadership in a Multi-Faith World" Panel, Leadership and Multi-Faith Program, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

, 2015.

February 01 - Fearless Dialogues (TM) Conversation on Muteness and Invisibility, Emory University Board of Trustees

Gregory C. Ellison, II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

, 2015.

February 01 - "Compassion and Leadership in a Multi-Faith World," Georgia Tech/Emory University Leadership and Multi-Faith Program Symposium

Elizabeth Corrie, Director, Youth Theological Initiative; Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding

, 2015.

January 25 - "Learning the Human Jesus: Historical or Literary Criticism" Inaugural Ira Andrews lecture, Randolph Macon College, Ashland, VA

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins

, 2015.

January 15 - "Singing the Psalms in Lent," Griffin District, UMC

Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music

, 2015.

January 14 - "Discovering and Revising the Stories We Are," Retreat for North Georgia Clergy Women's Health Initiative

Karen D. Scheib, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology

, 2015.

January 11 - "Grounding Practices of Conflict Transformation: Are theologies of reconciliation sufficient?," Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

, 2015.

January 04 - "New Year's Revolutions," Reveille United Methodist Church, Richmond, VA

Elizabeth Corrie, Director, Youth Theological Initiative; Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding

, 2015.

January 03 - "Reading Church History in Arabic: Syrian Christian and Muslim Representations of Evangelicalism in Ottoman Syria," American Society of Church History

Deanna Ferree Womack, Assistant Professor in the Practice of History of Religions and Multifaith Relations

, 2015.

January 02 - "Christ and Mammon, a Liturgical History," Louisville Institute Winter Seminar

L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology; Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology

, 2015.

January 01 - "Redeeming Memories: From the Trauma of a Collective Past to the Hope of Resurrection," Office Hours, Candler School of Theology

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2015.

January 01 - "'We Can't Breathe': Cries for Radical Social Change in Post-Kingian Turbulent Times," King's Legacy of Peace for Our World: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Disease Control

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2015.

January 01 - Fearless Dialogues (TM) Conversation on Muteness and Invisibility, Emory University Board of Visitors

Gregory C. Ellison, II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

, 2015.

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2014

November 24 - "John Wesley's Commitment to Public Well-Being," American Academy of Religion

Karen D. Scheib, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology

, 2014.

November 19 - "Making All Things New," South Carolina Conference Orders Retreat

Anne Burkholder, Associate Dean of Methodist Studies; Professor in the Practice of Ecclesiology and Church Leadership

, 2014.

November 06 - "Practices, Peoples, Partnerships and Politics: A Conference on Religion as a Social Determinate of Public Health," Emory University

Karen D. Scheib, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology

, 2014.

November 01 - "Introduction to A New Theology of Hope: An Ecumenical Reception of John Thiel's Icons of Hope," Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion

Joy Ann McDougall, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

, 2014.

October 31 - "Ritual Space: A Medium for the Paradoxical Nature of 'Alterity'," 2014 SSSR/RRA Annual Convention

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2014.

October 13 - "'The Devil Made Me Do It!' Moral Agency in the light of Demonic Power," Murdoch University

Carol A. Newsom, C.H. Candler Professor of Old Testament

, 2014.

October 01 - "Debates About the Humane Treatment of Animals in the Ancient Mediterranean World," Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University

Walter T. Wilson, Professor of New Testament

, 2014.

October 01 - "Does It Matter if You 'Meant To' When It Comes to Sin? Or, on the Existence of Israelite Zombies," Asbury Theological Seminary Biblical Colloquium

Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

, 2014.

October 01 - "Youth Ministry as Conflict Transformation in the War on Kids," Religious Education Association Annual Meeting

Elizabeth Corrie, Director, Youth Theological Initiative; Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding

, 2014.

September 18 - "Religion and Immigrant Support Networks," panel at Religion Newswriters' Association Conference, Emory Center for the Study of Law and Religion

Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Scholar-in-Residence

, 2014.

September 01 - "Womanist Bible Interpretation for Prayer and Preaching," AME Fourth Episcopal District International Women's Prayer Conference, Chicago, IL

Teresa L. Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching

, 2014.

September 01 - "Kairos Theology," Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

Elizabeth Corrie, Director, Youth Theological Initiative; Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding

, 2014.

August 22 - "Powers and Eucharist in the Early Church and in Contemporary Kenyan Practice," St. Paul's University

L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology; Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology

, 2014.

July 15 - "Imagining Jesus," Youth Theological Initiative Summer Academy, Candler School of Theology

Anthony A. Briggman, Assistant Professor of the History of Early Christianity

, 2014.

July 01 - "Our Passion: Embodying 'God's Own Image'," Symposium Theme: The Image of Black Women: Examining Our Presence, Passion, and Purpose, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2014.

July 01 - "'Started From the Bottom Now We're Here': The Prophetic Lyricism of a Thug Nation--Its Thug Theology and Thug Theodicy," Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) Summer Academy, Candler School of Theology

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2014.

June 20 - "All Shall Be Well: Flourishing and Well-Being in Positive Psychology and Feminist Narrative Pastoral Theology," Society of Pastoral Theology, Annual Meeting

Karen D. Scheib, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology

, 2014.

June 01 - "Table Theology" and "Table Manners," White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina

Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education; Director of Religious Education Program

, 2014.

May 01 - "The Bondage of the Eye/I and the Gift of New Life: Gendering a Theology of Sin and Grace," LOGOS 2014 Workshop: "The Atonement," Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame

Joy Ann McDougall, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

, 2014.

April 04 - "Good Food: A Theology and Ethics of Food," Baltimore Food and Faith Project, Good Food Series at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future

Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education; Director of Religious Education Program

, 2014.

April 03 - "Food, Religion, And Politics: A Conversation On Contemporary Issues In The U.S.," panel at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis

Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education; Director of Religious Education Program

, 2014.

April 02 - "The Process, Publication, and Practical Use of Research in Practical Theology," panel at the Practice Oriented PhD Programs Conference at Vanderbilt University

Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education; Director of Religious Education Program

, 2014.

April 01 - "Cut Dead But Still Alive: The Travels, Travails, and Triumphs of the Invisible Caregiver," Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Gregory C. Ellison, II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

, 2014.

April 01 - "Conducting Research in Religious Practices and Practical Theology," panel at the Practice Oriented PhD Programs Conference at Duke Divinity School

Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education; Director of Religious Education Program

, 2014.

March 01 - "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" Panel, Master's in Development Practice Program, Laney Graduate School and Candler School of Theology

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2014.

March 01 - "Thugology 101: Lessons in Thug Theology and Thug Theodicy," Hymns and Hip Hop Conference, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture

, 2014.

March 01 - "Good Food: A Theology and Ethics of Food," St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Morrow, Georgia

Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education; Director of Religious Education Program

, 2014.

February 02 - "Bach Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday," Emory University Schwartz Center

Timothy E. Albrecht, Professor of Church Music; Professor of Music; University Organist

, 2014.

February 01 - "An Unsustainable Lent," Columbia Theological Seminary

Ted A. Smith, Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics

, 2014.

February 01 - "Seeing the Invisible, Hearing the Voiceless: The Civil Rights Movement of the 21st Century," Holy Innocents¿ Episcopal Church

Gregory C. Ellison, II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

, 2014.

January 19 - "Musical Tribute Concert for Susan Henry-Crowe," Cannon Chapel

Timothy E. Albrecht, Professor of Church Music; Professor of Music; University Organist

, 2014.

January 01 - "Practical Theology as Eschatological Reflection on and for Everyday Practices of Ministry," Center for Practical Theology, Boston University

Ted A. Smith, Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics

, 2014.

January 01 - "Political Theology or Social Ethics? One Conversation, Two Tasks," American Academy of Religion

Ted A. Smith, Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics

, 2014.

January 01 - "A Thousand Years of Feminist Biblical Interpretation," Mercer University

Carol A. Newsom, C.H. Candler Professor of Old Testament

, 2014.

January 01 - "Re-visioning Sin as the Bondage of the Eye/I: A Feminist Practical Wager?" Doktorandencolloquium, Marburg, Germany

Joy Ann McDougall, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

, 2014.

January 01 - "Thinking Constructively about Conflict" and "Theological Theologically about Transformation," Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, Ministers' Convocation

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

, 2014.

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