Episcopal Bishops, Clergy to Teach Short Courses on Leadership, Preaching

December 3, 2019

Candler’s upcoming week of “J-term” classes in early January will include two courses taught by Episcopal clergy, including the former presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, the Right Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, and bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, the Right Rev. Robert C. Wright. In addition to Candler students, the courses are open to members of the public to audit for continuing education credits in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.



The Three Urgent Tasks of the Prophetic Church
January 2-3, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Course instructor: The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Open to laypeople and clergy.
Register here.

Using Walter Bruggeman’s book Reality, Grief, and Hope: Three Urgent Tasks (Eerdmans, 2014), the course will examine, distill, and commend concepts and practices that will aid lay and clergy members of the church to diagnose and artfully intervene in the life of the church and the world for the sake of the gospel. The discussion will also draw from the lexicon and framework of Your Leadership Edge (Kansas Leadership Center, 2015) by Amanda Cebula and Ed O’Malley. Many churches in America face extinction in the next generation due to the lack of leadership capacity, institutional decline compounded by societal complexity and velocity. In this book, Bruggeman offers a clear-eyed acknowledgement of these forces and an equally clear-eyed and systematic way to address them toward increased opportunities for growth, depth and fidelity to the gospel of Jesus Christ in the local congregation.

Jefferts Schori

Jefferts Schori

Preaching in the Anglican Tradition
January 7-10, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Course instructors:

  • The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, former presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church
  • The Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith, rector at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dublin, Ohio
  • The Rev. Kimberly Jackson 09T, interim vicar at the Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta
  • The Rev. Nikki Mathis, rector at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia
  • Christine Parton-Burkett, lecturing fellow in speech at Duke Divinity School

Open to clergy of all denominations.
Register here.

This course, presented in partnership with the Episcopal Preaching Foundation’s Preaching Excellence Program for Seminarians, will augment and deepen participants’ enthusiasm for preaching in the Anglican tradition, and will increase their competence in the methodology of sermon preparation and the art of sermon delivery. Presentations by noted clergy and preaching instructors will be interwoven with small preaching groups that offer participants the opportunity to preach and receive critically constructive feedback from colleagues and faculty.

Candler and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta have partnered to offer scholarships to Episcopal lay leaders and clergy who wish to audit the courses. Scholarship recipients will pay $160 for one course rather than the regular auditor tuition of $310. Those interested in the scholarship should contact the Rev. Canon P. Lang Lowrey, director of Episcopal and Anglican Studies at Candler, at pierce.lang.lowrey.iii@emory.edu.

Current seminary students or others who wish to take one or both courses for academic credit should contact Candler Registrar Shelly Hart at candlerregistrar@emory.edu by December 15 for information on costs and procedures for enrolling.

Candler School of Theology is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.