Shane Claiborne
“Jesus for President”
October 23

Shane-Claiborne-connection.jpgCandler School of Theology presents prominent Christian activist and bestselling author Shane Claiborne on October 23 in Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. A sought-after speaker on Jesus, peacemaking, and social justice, Claiborne will offer “Jesus for President,” a talk designed to spark the Christian political imagination. Far from endorsing one political party or candidate, “Jesus for President” reminds us that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the church as a people 'set apart' from this world. So how are believers to function in the political system? 

Shane Claiborne is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect “ordinary radical” faith communities around the world. His ministry experience is varied, from a 10-week stint working alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to a year spent serving a wealthy mega-congregation at Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago. During the war in Iraq, he spent three weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team.

The bestselling author of several books, including The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President, Claiborne is featured in the DVD series Another World is Possible. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and National Public Radio, among others.

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Shane Claiborne recommends Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen, From Brokenness to Community by Jean Vanier, and God’s Revolution: Justice, Community, and the Coming Kingdom by Eberhard Arnold.


National Institute in Church Finance and Administration
June 4–29

Each June, Candler’s Office of Lifelong Learning offers NICFA for church administrators, financial secretaries, volunteers, and clergy. The program is offered in four weeklong seminars and covers such topics as church administration, property management, communication and marketing, human resources, managing church conflict, legal and tax matters, strategic planning, and financial management.

The NICFA program fulfills the curriculum requirement for achieving certification as a church administrator. For details, visit Dates for 2013 are June 3–28.


Youth Theological Initiative Summer Academy
July 7–28

The YTI Summer Academy gathers rising high school juniors and seniors from across the country for an intensive experience in Christian theological education. The goal is to cultivate public theologians for the church and world. For details, visit


Dean’s Lecture Series: “There Will (Not) be Blood! Early Christian Attitudes Toward War and Military Service”
September 19, 11:00 a.m., CST 252

George Kalantzis, associate professor of theology at Wheaton College, kicks off the 2012–2013 Dean’s Lecture Series by proposing that the early Church’s rejection of war and military service was not simply an ideological aversion to bloodshed, but a deeply-rooted refusal of violence as an option for Christians and a re-interpretation of the cosmic order of the Roman world based on a new sacrificial system that expressed itself as civil disobedience. Kalantzis is director of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies and a faculty fellow with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute. Free.


Homecoming Events
September 28

Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon, 12:00 p.m.

Candler School of Theology Building/Swanson Art Tour, 5:00 p.m.

Fall Reunion Dinner/Dessert, 6:30 p.m.; for classes of 1977, 1987, 2002, 2007, 2012

For details and to RSVP, contact


First Tuesday
October 2, November 6, December 4

First Tuesday is an opportunity for potential students to learn more about Candler School of Theology through an information session and by visiting with current students and admissions advisors. The evening includes a casual dinner and a talk by one of our distinguished faculty members. Invite your friends and neighbors who are contemplating seminary. More information is available by emailing


Reformation Day at Emory
October 25

The 2012 Reformation Day at Emory takes as its theme, “The Kessler Collection after Twenty-Five Years.” This year’s program celebrates the first 25 years of the Kessler Collection by noting its value for scholars, students, and the church. Featured speakers are Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Dewey W. Kramer, professor emerita of German and humanities at DeKalb College; the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta; and Jan Rippentrop, a doctoral student at Emory University. The Candler Singers will present a luncheon concert under the direction of Barbara Day Miller.


Worship Schedule

Candler has a rich worship life. We invite you to join us at these regular worship services in Cannon Chapel:

Tuesdays: Service of Word and Table at 11:05 a.m.
Wednesdays: Evensong and Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays: Service of Word at 11:05 a.m.
Fridays: Eucharist at 11:05 a.m.


For a full listing of events at Candler School of Theology, please visit the Candler Calendar.