Candler will mark its Centennial in the 2014-2015 academic year. To commemorate this milestone, Candler is hosting two major events: A Fall Celebration that is commemorative and focuses on story, memory and celebration, and a Spring Academic Conference that emphasizes prophecy in the sense of speaking a word that challenges the world – and examines the 21st century's dire dilemmas and wondrous opportunities, providing a distinctive Candler vision of how to approach them. Candler also is hosting a series of smaller events as part of the year-long celebration.

The celebration is designed to showcase Candler's contributions to theological education and to the church during the past 100 years; its role within and contribution to Emory University during the past 100 years; its vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities facing theology in the 21st century; the excellence of Candler's faculty and its commitment to Candler's core values; and the accomplishments of Candler's alumni and friends/donors.

Fall Celebration, Oct 23-24, 2014

The Fall event is a time when faculty and faculty emeriti, students, and alumni, as well as faithful supporters of the school, can celebrate the history of the institution. The emphasis is on memory and narration.

Oct. 23: Memories of Candler in Word and Music in Cannon Chapel tells the Candler story through live presentations and performances by Candler faculty, staff, students, alumni; and video segments that highlight milestone moments and contributions from Candler's history.

Oct. 24: The Centennial Convocation in Glenn Memorial Church is a large public event designed to highlight Candler's historic significance within and to the larger Atlanta community. Centennial medals will be awarded to selected Emory and Atlanta dignitaries.

Centennial Medals

Alumni and members of the Emory University community were invited to nominate candidates for a Centennial Medal, a special recognition for making extraordinary contributions to Candler, the Church and the larger society.

This group of notable women and men, be they alumni, friends, faculty, staff or administrators, will represent the best of Candler's story, past and present, whether their influence helped shape the institution of today, or they used what they learned here to foster positive transformation in the world.

Many may no longer be with us, but it is our aim to recognize the breadth and depth of those who brought us to this milestone and whose legacy will no doubt sustain Candler's collective vision in the century to come.

Past recipients of Candler's Distinguished Alumni Award need not be nominated to receive this recognition as they will automatically be given consideration. The Centennial Coordinating Committee will guide the selection process.

The deadline for submitting nominations has passed.

Spring Academic Conference, March 18-20, 2015

This three-day conference focuses on Candler's vision for the future of theology for the church. It is national in scope, with major papers by Candler faculty proposing ways forward for diverse theological disciplines, and with significant invited guests serving as panelists.

Designed for scholars of theology, the conference explores the themes of Logos: Theological Imagination and Secularization; Person: The Image of God in the Contemporary World; Cosmos: God's Creation and the Care of the Earth; and Polity:The Kingdom of God and Global Pluralism. For more on the conference, click here.

Centennial Planning

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, serves as Chair of the Centennial, and April L. Bogle, co-director of the Office of Communications, is the director of the Centennial. Mathew Pinson, assistant dean of Development and Alumni Relations, leads the Fall Celebration planning and Johnson leads the Spring Academic Conference planning.

Calendar of Events 2014-2015

Event DateEvent Description
Aug. 28
Fall Convocation and Phase II Building Dedication (11 a.m.), All School Luncheon
Convocation Address: Carl R. Holladay, Charles Howard Candler of New Testament Studies
Dedication: M. Pat Graham, Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Librarian, and Bishop Woodie W. White, Bishop-in-Residence
Sept. 12Dedication of the new Wesley Teaching Chapel and Luncheon
Preacher: Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching
Sept. 18
McDonald Lecture with Garry Wills (Glenn Memorial, 7 p.m.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, historian
Sept. 19-21
Homecoming Weekend, Alumni Reunions
Sept. 28
Centennial Organ Recital with Timothy Albrecht (Cannon Chapel, 3 p.m.)
Oct. 15Howard Thurman Lecture (11 a.m.)
Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, at Duke Divinity
Oct. 16Black Church Studies Chapel Service and Dedication of the Grant Shockley Room (Cannon Chapel, 11 a.m.) and Luncheon
Dedication: Noel Erskine, Professor of Theology and Ethics, and Bishop Woodie W. White, Bishop-in-Residence
Oct. 21Reformation Day: "Reform in the University and the Church" (Pitts Theology Library, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Oct. 23Service of Word
Preacher: Brent Strawn, Professor of Old Testament
Oct. 23
Memories of Candler in Word and Music
Director: Barbara Day Miller, Associate Dean of Worship and Music
Oct. 24
Centennial Convocation (Glenn Memorial) (10:30 am) and All School Luncheon
Centennial Convocation Address: Luther E. Smith Jr., Professor of Church and Community
Conferral of Centennial Medals
Tours of Candler's new building
Nov. 6-7

Women Theology and Ministry Events
Roberta Bondi Room Dedication & Dinner (Nov. 6)
Annual Women’s Forum: "Honoring the Women of Candler Past, Present, and Future" (Nov. 7, Candler School of Theology RARB 102, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Honorees and Speakers: Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, and Teresa L. Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics and Director of Black Church Studies

Dec. 3
McDonald Lecture with Garry Wills
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, historian
Jan. 13Spring Convocation
Convocation Address: Steve Tipton, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Sociology of Religion
Feb. 18-20Black Church Studies Events
Anna Julia Cooper Lecture (Feb. 18)
"In the Footsteps" Candler Black Alumni Reunion Conference (Feb. 19-20)
Mar. 18-20
Centennial Academic Conference
Keynote Address: Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Panelists include Marilynne Robinson, M. Shawn Copeland, Norman Wirzba, Sally Bingham, Dana Robert, Daniel Jeyaraj, Steven Kraftchick
Honors Day
Preacher: Ian McFarland, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Systematic Theology