Welcome to the Winter 2014 issue of Candler Connection, the magazine for alumni and friends of Candler School of Theology. This magazine is designed to foster community among the 7,500 Candler alumni around the world.
This issue focuses on endings and beginnings and the inextricable link between them. We explore the rituals at the end of life and the birth of congregations in the neighborhoods that surround us; stemming the tide of systemic injustice and forging new ministries; and celebrating Candler's beginnings as we honor the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1914. May this issue bring you into a deeper understanding of the transformative and renewing spirit of endings and beginnings.
"Most of nature does not stop for death. But we do. Wherever our spirits go, or don’t, ours is a species which has learned to process grief by processing the objects of our grief—the bodies of the dead—from one place to the next." Poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch explores how our rituals surrounding death and burial inform our faith in resurrection.
There’s a reason we call it “church planting.” Starting a new congregation and cultivating seeds have a lot in common. And just as growing a lush garden takes a special touch, so does starting a new church. Four alumni share the ins, outs, and unexpected turns of their church-planting journeys.
Greg Ellison is on a quest to end the systemic stigmatization of African American young men. His new book, Cut Dead But Still Alive, paves the way for transformation and leads to Fearless Dialogues that open our eyes and change our world.
Already blessed with strong degree programs, Candler is seeking ways to address the varied issues facing the church—declining seminary enrollment, lower church attendance and the “nones”—with five new degree programs that expand the possibilities for more people to make a real difference in the real world.
The transformative spirit of endings and beginnings
Professor emeritus Don Saliers on endings and beginnings
What faculty are reading now
Now & Then
Teresa Fry Brown and Ted Smith talk teaching and preaching
And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
A trio of beginnings for Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather in South Sudan
Candler Connection is published by Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is distributed free to all alumni and other friends of the school. Send correspondence regarding the magazine to: Laurel Hanna, Co-Director of Communications, Candler School of Theology, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322; email@example.com
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