Candler is hosting a number of online public events this semester. Join us in exploring how theology intersects with current issues in our world. Follow us on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest on happenings at Candler.

Featured Event this Semester:

The McDonald Lecture with M. Shawn Copeland
October 14: “The Political Imagination of Jesus of Nazareth”
11:00 a.m.—12:45 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required

Shawn Copeland, the 2020-2021 distinguished visiting professor in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture, is Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Boston College. Register here.

A chronological list of all events is below.

Lecture: “Plague in the Reformation Era”
October 7 • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required 

Candler’s Pitts Theology Library presents guest speaker Erik Heinrichs, associate professor of history at Winona State University. This lecture is part of Pitts’ Kessler Conversations, a series of online interviews with leading church historians and theologians addressing the relevance of the Protestant Reformation for contemporary communities. Register here.

Candler in Conversation: “How Do We Mobilize?”
October 7 • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Facebook Live webinar • Free

Join The Candler Foundry, Candler’s initiative in public theological education, for a panel discussion focused on mobilizing churches and faith-based organizations in preparation for the 2020 presidential election. Facilitated by Candler Foundry program coordinator Chrystal Golden, the panelists will be Letitia Campbell, assistant professor in the practice of ethics and society and senior program coordinator for the Laney Legacy Program in Moral Leadership; Billy Michael Honor, civic organizer; and Kimberly Jackson, vicar of Atlanta’s Episcopal Church of the Common Ground. Watch live here.

Black Church Studies Worship
October 8 • 11:30 a.m.
Webinar • Free

This service celebrates 30 years of Black Church Studies at Candler. Robert M. Franklin Jr., James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership, will preach. Watch live on Facebook, YouTube, or the Candler website.

Black Seminarians Day: “Revive Us Again”
October 12-14 • 11:30 a.m.
Webinar • Free

Prospective students are invited to join the Candler community for the third annual Black Seminarians Day events, including a digital happy hour, community worship, a workshop on “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Turning Our Theology into Social Action” and an intergenerational conversation on “Where Do We Go From Here?” featuring Candler faculty, students, and alumni. We’re excited to welcome you and hear your story! Register here.

Annual Women’s Forum: “The Journey of an Advocate Inside and Outside the Church”
October 13 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required

Candler’s Women, Theology, and Ministry program presents Ingrid McIntyre, co-founder of Open Table Nashville and executive director of Open Table Nashville Village at Glencliff, and Luke Lea, third-year MDiv student who served with Open Table Nashville in the summer of 2020. Register here.

The McDonald Lecture with M. Shawn Copeland
October 14: “The Political Imagination of Jesus of Nazareth”
11:00 a.m.—12:45 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required 

Shawn Copeland, the 2020-2021 distinguished visiting professor in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture, is Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Boston College. Register here. 

Panel Discussion: “The Black Church Tradition in the Americas: International Perspectives”
October 21 • 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required 

Candler’s Black Church Studies Program presents a panel moderated by Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spiritual Care Emmanuel Lartey and featuring Jehu Hanciles, D.W. and Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity at Candler; Carol Duncan, professor of religion and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University; Musa Dube, professor of New Testament at the University of Botswana and incoming professor of New Testament at Candler; and Maureen Miller 13T, senior pastor of Oasis International Worship Center and founding dean of Yarah School of Leadership and Ministry. This discussion is part of a series of events celebrating the 30th anniversary of Black Church Studies at Candler. Register here.

Lecture: “The Reformation of Suffering”
November 4 • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required 

Candler’s Pitts Theology Library presents guest speaker Ronald Rittgers, Eric Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies and professor of history and theology at Valparaiso University. This lecture is part of Pitts’ Kessler Conversations, a series of online interviews with leading church historians and theologians addressing the relevance of the Protestant Reformation for contemporary communities. Register here.

Lecture: “Story Companions: Caring Through Story Listening”
November 4 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required 

The Candler Foundry presents Professor Emerita of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology Karen D. Scheib. This free lecture is the opening portion of an online short course taught by Scheib and co-sponsored by Peachtree Christian Church. Register here.

Course in the Community: “Story Companions: Caring Through Story Listening”
November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Webinar • $35 for PCC members, $50 for guests; registration required 

The Candler Foundry, in partnership with Peachtree Christian Church, presents a short course in the community taught by Professor Emerita of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology Karen D. Scheib that will explore the practices of story companionship. Register here.

Panel Discussion: “Megachurches in the Black Church Tradition”
November 5 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required 

Candler’s Black Church Studies Program presents a panel moderated by Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture Marla F. Frederick and featuring E. Dewey Smith, senior pastor of The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon; Kevin Murriel 11T, senior pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church and assistant professor in the practice of practical theology and Black Methodist Seminarians program director at Candler; Jacqueline Thompson, senior pastor of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California; Sandra Barnes, professor of sociology at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt University; and Patrick Clayborn 01T 02T, senior pastor of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland. This discussion is part of the slate of events celebrating the 30th anniversary of Black Church Studies at Candler. Register here.

Howard Thurman Lecture: Luke Powery
“A Homiletical Sankofa: The Spirituals and the Future of Ministry”
November 12 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required

Candler’s Black Church Studies program presents the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel and associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, for the annual Howard Thurman Lecture. Register here.

“Waiting in Hope: A contemplative evening of Advent music with Tony Alonso”
November 30 • 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Webinar • Free; registration required  

Candler’s Aquinas Center of Theology presents Tony Alonso, assistant professor of theology and culture and director of Catholic Studies at Candler. Register here.