Candler Faculty Talk Teaching on Wabash Podcast

June 26, 2020

Six faculty affiliated with Candler School of Theology and Emory University have been featured on the podcast “Dialogue on Teaching,” sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Hosted by Wabash Center Director Nancy Lynne Westfield, the podcast focuses on issues of teaching and learning within colleges, universities, and seminaries, with recent episodes exploring the dual national crises of coronavirus and systemic racism. A list of featured faculty and links to their episodes is below.

Kwok Pui Lan, dean’s professor of systematic theology
April 22, 2020: Episode 29, “Play with Ideas!”

Creating worthwhile experiences for students using a digital platform can provide new, interesting and creative options in teaching. Cultivating the digital imagination will help teaching into the future.

Roger Nam, incoming professor of Hebrew Bible
April 26, 2020: Episode 32, “Teaching the Bible in Crisis”

Students are asking questions about the pandemic, the messages of the Bible, and faith during crisis. What does it mean to teach the Bible in ways that recognize contemporary crisis and opportunity?  

Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson, professor of pedagogy, Emory College Department of Religion
May 1, 2020: Episode 35, “Teaching in a Changed Landscape”

We start where we are! Teach from the disorientation of the pandemic with reliance upon mutuality and interdependence one with another. Our adult learners share in the suffering, as well, they share in the discovery as we learn together. 

Emmanuel Y. Lartey, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pastoral Theology and Spiritual Care
May 18, 2020: Episode 42, “Choosing Life for One Another”

What if my presence is dangerous to the well-being of others? Taking agency and responsibility as an act of spirituality and faith maturity. 

Jan Love, Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics
June 4, 2020: Episode 48, “No Excuse for White People”

The current rebellions and outrage are appropriate given the history of race politics in the USA. White scholars are called to use their curiosity, imagination and teaching competencies to embed into the curriculum anti-racist content, tactics, and strategies. Find ways not to let racial violence be overwhelming; practice deep listening, dialogue and community building with minoritized people. 

Ted A. Smith, professor of preaching and ethics
June 15, 2020: Episode 52, “Theological Education Between the Times: A Project”

Drastic shifts causing the de-centering of theological education calls for more than managerial responses. This project promotes ways of surfacing and exploring different ideas, different voices, and justice-minded changes. 

Created in 1995 and sustained by grants from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Wabash Center seeks to enhance and strengthen education in North American theological schools, colleges and universities.

Photos, top row from left: Kwok, Nam, Patterson; second row: Lartey, Love, Smith