July 17, 2014

Long's Latest Book Takes Silver

Tom LongCandler’s Bandy Professor of Preaching Thomas G. Long has received a new accolade for his most recent book.

The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care won the silver award in the religion category at Foreword ReviewsIndieFab Book of the Year Awards. The honorees were announced June 27 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

IndieFab winners were selected by a group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, and exemplify the best work coming from today’s independent authors and publishers.

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June 30, 2014

Pitts Library Moves to New Building

Moving books

Growth has defined Candler School of Theology since its founding more than a century ago, and nothing illustrates this better than the school’s Pitts Theology Library. Since its beginnings as a small collection of books in a dark basement corner of Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Pitts has grown exponentially in the number and quality of its holdings, forging an international reputation along the way.

That growth manifests itself in another way this summer as Pitts and its extensive collections move into Phase II of Candler’s new building, just in time for the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

“When visitors come to the new library, they will be able to benefit from all of the new spaces and new technology,” says Patrick Graham, director of the Pitts Theology Library. “It will make their time spent here much more efficient, and they are going to enjoy it much more.”

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June 30, 2014

Candler Receives Grant to Explore Changes in Theological Education

ClassroomCandler has received a $460,000 grant from Lilly Endowment to lead a study of the purposes of theological education in a time of significant change.

“Theological Education Between the Times: Consultations on the Meanings and Purposes of Theological Education” will convene diverse groups of theological educators to reflect on the nature of theological education. Ted A. Smith, associate professor of preaching and ethics at Candler, will direct the project.

“In the last few years it seems that every month has brought news of dramatic change at some theological school,” says Smith. “Decisions about faculty hiring and promotion are opening old questions about the mission of a school. New degrees are being created to respond to changing patterns of ministry and identity. Financial difficulties are closing some schools and forcing drastic cuts at others. At the same time, new kinds of institutions are sprouting up all over.”

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