Candler’s yearlong centennial commemoration officially came to a close at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. And what a year it’s been! “The Candler Centennial in Story and Prophecy” marked the school’s 100th anniversary with a range of events throughout both semesters, anchored by a two-day Centennial Celebration in the fall and a three-day academic conference in the spring. Here’s a recap of the year’s events: 

  • August 4, 2014: Pitts Theology Library opened to the public in its new home in Phase II of Candler’s building. The library now features high-density shelving, a dedicated special collections area, space for small-group study and breakout rooms for larger groups, as well as an 80-seat lecture hall and an exhibit gallery. Take a virtual tour.
  • August 2014: A new history of Candler, Religion and Reason Joined: Candler at 100, was published. Written by Gary S. Hauk, vice president and deputy director to the president of Emory University, the book covers Candler’s first century, from its 1914 beginning in Wesley Memorial Church to the 2014 completion of Phase II of the school’s building project. Read more.
  • August 2014: Candler released the first of four "History Moment" videos, highlighting major moments, movements and memories from the school's 100-year history.
  • August 28, 2014: Candler officially opened its centennial with Fall Convocation, which included the installation of Robert M. Franklin, Jr. as the inaugural Laney Professor in Moral Leadership, an address by Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament Studies Carl R. Holladay, and a litany of dedication for Phase II of Candler’s new building. Read more.  Watch on Vimeo.
  • September 12, 2014: Candler’s new Wesley Teaching Chapel was dedicated with a sermon from Bandy Professor of Preaching Thomas G. Long. The chapel, Long said, is “Candler’s gym” where students will learn to “exercise themselves in godliness” behind the pulpit and the altar. Read more.
  • September 18, 2014: Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and historian Garry Wills joined Candler for the semester as a distinguished visiting professor in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture. Wills lectured on “Government and the Arts” in his first public McDonald Lecture at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. Read more.  Watch on iTunes U.
  • September 28, 2014: Timothy Albrecht, professor of church music and university organist, gave a centennial-themed organ recital in Cannon Chapel.
  • October 15, 2014: The Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke Divinity School, presented the annual Howard Thurman Lecture, sponsored by Candler’s Black Church Studies program. The theme of the lecture, in keeping with Candler’s centennial, was “In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: Revisiting, Renovating and Revolutionizing the Path.” Read more.
  • October 16, 2014: Candler dedicated a classroom in honor of the late Grant S. Shockley, professor of Christian education and the first African American to serve with tenure on Candler’s faculty. Dean Jan Love and Professor of Homiletics and Director of Black Church Studies Teresa L. Fry Brown offered words of welcome, and Noel L. Erskine, professor of theology and ethics, gave the tribute. Shockley’s widow, Mrs. Doris Shockley, was in attendance. Read more.
  • October 21, 2014: The 27th annual Reformation Day at Emory featured Timothy Wengert, professor emeritus of church history at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, who spoke on “The Reformation and Education” in the new Pitts Theology Library lecture hall.
  • October 22, 2014: Assistant Professor of Religious Education Jennifer R. Ayres and Rev. Chad Hale, executive director of the Atlanta food co-op Urban Recipe, presented “Food Insecurity: A Challenge to Faith Communities.” Food insecurity was the community engagement topic for Candler’s centennial year. Watch on Vimeo.
  • October 23, 2014: Candler’s two-day fall Centennial Celebration launched with a special chapel service featuring the premiere of Candler’s centennial video highlighting memories of the past and visions for the future. The Rev. Dr. Brent Strawn, professor of Old Testament, was the chapel preacher. Watch the service on Vimeo.
  • October 23, 2014: “Memories of Candler in Word and Song” featured student performers from the Candler Singers and the Candler Players, who presented songs and skits illustrating moments from Candler’s first century. Between performances, video presentations by Candler faculty and faculty emeriti highlighted elements of the school’s legacy, including academics, diversity, ecumenism and worship. Read more.
  • October 24, 2014: Candler’s Centennial Convocation in Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church offered a chance for the Emory and Candler communities to acknowledge Candler’s historic significance within the larger Atlanta community. Dignitaries from Atlanta and around the world offered words of congratulations and gratitude. Dean Jan Love recognized 56 women and men as Candler’s Centennial Medalists, and Professor Emeritus of Church and Community Luther E. Smith, Jr. gave the convocation address, “Since We Are Surrounded.” Read more.  Watch on Vimeo.
  • November 6, 2014: Room 501 in the Rita Anne Rollins Building was dedicated in honor of Professor Emerita of Church History Roberta C. Bondi, Candler’s first female tenured faculty member. Dean Jan Love and Karen D. Scheib, associate professor of pastoral care and pastoral theology and director of Candler’s Women, Theology and Ministry (WTM) program opened the event. Former Candler faculty member Lewis Ayres, Tere Canzoneri 81T, and Hoo-Jung Lee 91T gave tributes. Read more.
  • November 7, 2014: Candler’s WTM program hosted its annual Women’s Forum. Designed to dovetail with the Centennial commemoration, the forum theme was “Celebrating the Past, Claiming the Present, Creating the Future.”  Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament Carol A. Newsom and Professor of Homiletics Teresa L. Fry Brown presented talks on the history of women at Candler, along with alumnae who spoke about their Candler student experience. Read more.
  • December 3, 2014: Distinguished Visiting Professor Garry Wills gave his second and final McDonald Lecture, “Living with Saint Augustine.” Watch on iTunes U.
  • January 13, 2015: Candler opened the second semester of its centennial year with Spring Convocation at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, featuring an address by Steven M. Tipton, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Sociology of Religion, “Close to the Heart of Humankind.” Watch on Vimeo.
  • February 18, 2015: Maria Dixon Hall 98T 99T, associate professor of communication studies at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, gave the annual Anna Julia Cooper Lecture, titled “Native Exile.” The lecture is sponsored by Candler’s Black Church Studies program. Read more.  Listen on iTunes U.
  • February 19-20, 2015: Candler’s Black Church Studies program hosted an alumni reunion conference, “In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors: Revisiting, Renovating and Revolutionizing the Path.” The conference featured a discussion on “Leadership Lessons from Ferguson,” as well as morning and afternoon seminars addressing contemporary issues related to the black church. Read more.
  • March 18-20, 2015: Candler’s centennial academic conference, “Prophetic Voices: Confronting Theological Challenges of the Next Century,” featured presentations by a dozen renowned theologians from Candler and beyond, considering pressing issues facing theology in the coming century. Watch on Vimeo.
  • April 16, 2015: Candler’s annual Honors Day Convocation recognized outstanding students, faculty and staff during a celebration of vocational and academic excellence. Ian A. McFarland, Stokes Professor of Theology and associate dean of faculty and academic affairs, gave the convocation address. Read more.  Watch on Vimeo.
  • May 11, 2015: Candler conferred 138 degrees on the school’s 100th graduating class, and honored Ellen Ott Marshall, associate professor of Christian ethics and conflict transformation, and Thomas G. Long, retiring Bandy Professor of Preaching, with teaching awards. Read more.  Watch on Vimeo.