News Release:

Jun. 14,  2010

Candler Wins University-Community Partnership Grants for Con Ed

Six of Candler’s faculty and staff collaborated to win two grants from Emory’s Office of University-Community Partnerships. The grants will sponsor specific projects in Candler’s Contextual Education Program.

Liz Bounds, associate professor of Christian ethics and director of the Faith and the City program, and Jennie Knight, assistant professor in the practice of religious education and community ministries and director of the Religious Education program, were awarded $41,635 for their project, “Strengthening the Continuum: Engaged Learning at Candler School of Theology.” The project focuses on work at the Metro State Women’s Prison, a Contextual Education I site for first-year students. Bounds and Knight have both taught courses paired with this site.

Alice Rogers, director of Contextual Education II and the Teaching Parish Program and assistant professor in the practice of congregational leadership; David Jenkins, director of Contextual Education I and International Initiatives and assistant professor in the practice of church and community ministries; Jonathan Strom, associate professor of church history; and Rebecca Spurrier, former acting director of student life and spiritual formation, were awarded $10,000 for their project, “Religious Leadership in an Age of Migration,” which focuses on developing Contextual Education sites with immigrant communities.

In an e-mail to the Candler community, Dean Jan Love congratulated the grant winners and noted how they exemplify Candler’s commitment to the community.

 “Both of these grants build importantly on the strength of Candler’s Contextual Education program and seek to make it even better,” she wrote. “These awards demonstrate the high quality of the proposals as well as the great regard others at Emory have for Candler’s engagement with our surrounding community.”