Women, Theology, and Ministry

Women, Theology, and Ministry

Candler’s Women, Theology, and Ministry program educates women and men to be transformative leaders and advocates for the well being of girls and women in the church and in the world, through education, vocational formation and advocacy.

For more information on the program, email Dr. Ellen Shepard, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Director of the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program. For all other inquiries, please call 404.727.4180.

Certificate in Women, Theology, and Ministry

Candler students enrolled in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree programs may earn a certificate in Women, Theology, and Ministry. The certificate program provides students with the opportunity for focused academic study of women and religion from feminist and womanist perspectives, as well as vocational discernment for women students pursuing diverse forms of ministry. For a list of courses, visit the link for your degree program above.

Advocacy

Becoming Informed

Through courses, lectures, internships and extracurricular activities the Women, Theology, and Ministry program educates students about issues such as violence against women, women’s health, and economic development and other issues impacting women’s lives.

Networking

Students are encouraged to engage in community and student groups promoting advocacy, service and leadership on local and global issues that affect women’s well-being.

Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Religious Education; Director of the Religious Education Program

Elizabeth M. Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics; Associate Director of the Graduate Division of Religion, Coordinator of Initiative in Religious and Practical Theology

Anne Burkholder, Associate Dean of Methodist Studies and Professor in the Practice of Ecclesiology and Church Leadership

Elizabeth Corrie, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding; Director of the Youth Theological Initiative

Barbara Day Miller, Assistant Dean of Worship and Music

Teresa L. Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching

Shelby Haggray, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Director of Baptist Studies Program

Susan E. Hylen, Associate Professor of New Testament

Toni Belin Ingram, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Director of Black Church Studies

Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Scholar-in-Residence

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

Joy Ann McDougall, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Carol A. Newsom, C.H. Candler Professor of Old Testament; Director of Graduate Division of Religion

Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Religion and Human Difference

P. Alice Rogers, Associate Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology

Karen D. Scheib, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Ellen Shepard, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Director of the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program

Deanna F. Womack, Assistant Professor in the Practice of the History of Religions and Multi-Faith Relations

For the full list of events at Candler, view the calendar.

On Campus Support

Women who study at Candler School of Theology are creating new, diverse and sacred paths in ministry. The Women, Theology, and Ministry program seeks to serve and support Candler women and alumnae and their communities in these journeys. The program focuses on four areas; support for all women studies, equipping women for the transition to parish ministry, curriculum issues related to gender, and international and ecumenical relationship.

The Alumnae Council is composed of women graduates of Candler School of Theology, supports the Women, Theology, and Ministry program by advising about needs of women in parish and other ministries and about how Candler can offer women the best education for ministry, by developing resources for the program, and by serving as liaisons between Candler and women in ministry.

The Mentoring Program pairs women students with women alumni and other area clergy serving in a variety of ministry settings. Mentors and mentees gather four times a year to discuss issues of issues of vocational and spiritual formation for ministry. The program prepares women for the realities of ministry and assists in the transition from seminary to ministry. Students do not need to be enrolled in the WTM certificate program to participate.

The Laywomen's Luncheons are bimonthly events for laywomen leaders on the theme of women, faith and leadership. The luncheon features presentations by women faculty and other women leaders and provide opportunities for support and networking.

The Emory Women's Center serves the whole Emory community by providing special events, a newsletter, a resource center and networking opportunities for women throughout the university. University wide observance of Women's History Month, sponsored by the Emory Women's Center, includes special events at Candler and other parts of the university.

Community dialogues are monthly dialogues with Candler women faculty, a monthly snack lunch for students on third Thursdays from 12 - 1:00 pm, occasional dialogues with women in the parish ministry, and a sponsor program for junior women students.

Web Resources

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion

Sources for Women's Studies in the Methodist Archives
The Methodist Archives and Research Centre (MARC) is the official archive repository of the British Methodist Church. It contains the largest collection of Methodist printed books and manuscripts in Europe, and is regarded as one of the world's most important collections of source material relating to evangelical studies.

General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), a general agency of The United Methodist Church, is charged with working to achieve the full and equal participation and responsibility of women in the church.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
This is a good collection of archive resources on the woman suffrage movement. It contains many full text sources.

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"Through WTM, I have had the opportunity to learn invaluable lessons about reaching all types of people, meeting them at their point of need, and caring for my own personal and spiritual development."
-Alisha Gordon, MDiv '15