News Release:

Aug. 17,  2010

New Student Orientation Set for August 23-27

Candler School of Theology is gearing up to welcome more than 200 incoming students to campus for its 2010 new student orientation. International students convene August 17 and 18 for a series of programs designed especially for them as they prepare for graduate studies in the United States. All new students will gather August 24-26 for worship, plenary sessions, workshops, campus tours and contextual education site visits, as well as plenty of opportunities for meeting their fellow classmates and current students.  

Activities are aimed at introducing new students to theological education at Candler, as well as to life in the larger communities of Emory and Atlanta. Special optional activities on August 23 include several pre-orientation retreats, one focused on finding spiritual bearings in times of transition and the other on environmental sustainability viewed through a theological lens. Candler alumni will lead both retreats.

The theme of this year’s orientation is “Casting Our Nets in Deeper Waters,” based on the fifth chapter of the gospel of Luke. Event organizers felt that the multi-layered meanings of the phrase were a great illustration of the process of discernment and growth students encounter as they enter into theological education.

“Candler challenges students to move beyond their comfort zone—into deeper and more uncertain waters. But in order to fulfill our call as faithful and creative leaders for the church and for the world, we must move beyond the shore and engage God in new and life-giving ways,” says The Rev. Ellen Echols Purdum, Director of Student Life and Spiritual Formation. “We are delighted to welcome the entering class during orientation and look forward to the ways in which they will challenge and give life to this community of learning.”

For more information about Candler’s New Student Orientation or to register for a retreat, please visit the orientation website  or contact the orientation team by email or by phone at 404.727.3737.