With the start of a new semester, the Office of Alumni Relations announces its new season of Office Hours, webinars aimed at providing tools for use in your work and ministry.

Office Hours: Practical Ministry Webinars are free, one-hour online conversations with Candler faculty members covering a wide range of topics. Participants view a live presentation, ask questions, and engage in dialogue with presenters. This season, in honor of our centennial, we’ll include discussions of Candler’s rich heritage and exciting future.

This semester’s schedule:

September 30, 2014: Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics

The State of the School: Entering Our 100th Year

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In our centennial year, Candler will celebrate new ways of responding to the needs of the church and the world. Looking back, we take stock of the legacy that has been bequeathed to us. Looking forward, we anticipate the challenges and opportunities that await us.  

October 8, 2014: Gary S. Hauk, Vice President and Deputy to the President, Emory University, author of a new book on Candler’s history

Religion and Reason Joined: Candler at One Hundred

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Explore Candler’s story from “the guns of August” that launched World War I to the mid-century struggles of the American Civil Rights era, amid the “death of God” controversy of the 1960s, and beyond the culture wars of the 1990s. Candler has grappled with the great issues of the times while establishing itself among the foremost centers of theological study and ministerial formation. Along the way, the school has fostered fruitful conversation among different voices in the church.

November 11, 2014: Teresa L. Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics and Director of Black Church Studies

Power and Paucity of 21st Century Preaching

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Learn about the contemporary trend of using performative rather than transformative preaching, the influences of popular culture and how preaching can remain relevant in a so-called “spiritual but not religious” age. 

December 4, 2014: Joel M. LeMon, Associate Professor of Old Testament

Though the Earth Should Change: Psalms for a Planet in Crisis

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How can the Psalms provide a resource for Christian communities in an age of anxiety about climate change? The Psalter presents a remarkably complex view of nature as both a blessing to human communities and a threat to their existence. In this and other ways, the Psalms challenge many tenets of contemporary ecospirituality. Yet in the end, the Psalms offer a hopeful picture of God’s ongoing creative acts, one that spurs Christians to action.  

Registration for each webinar is required; once registered, participants will receive an email with information about how to join the webinar via the GoToWebinar platform.

You can watch past webinars through our archived list here, featuring Bandy Professor of Preaching Thomas G. Long, Assistant Professor of Religious Education Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Gregory C. Ellison, II and many others: bit.ly/KoOIkZ