Candler is bringing together a dozen renowned theologians to discuss theological challenges facing the church, the world and the shape of theological education in the next century.

The three-day conference seeks to be prophetic—in the sense of truth-speaking rather than future forecasting—about the pressing theological issues facing the world in the next 100 years, and the resources for engaging them.

Candler faculty will deliver five major addresses, each followed by panel presentations by guest scholars. The program includes times for worship and discussion among participants.

The conference is presented in collaboration with the McDonald Agape Foundation.


Conference registration is open. A nominal registration fee may apply but otherwise the event is free.


The conference is open to scholars and students of theology at Emory and other institutions throughout the country. The goal is to generate ongoing conversation throughout American theological education on these conference’s themes.

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 18

7 pm

luke-timothy-johnson.jpgKeynote Address: “Theological Challenges of the New Century”
Keynote Speaker: Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Candler School of Theology

Thursday, March 19

9 am

Logos: Theological Imagination and Secularlization

ted-smith.jpgSpeaker: Ted A. Smith, Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics, Candler School of Theology

ian-mcfarland.jpgModerator: Ian A. McFarland, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Systematic Theology, Candler School of Theology

marilynne-robinson.jpgPanelist: Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

11:05 am

Preacher: Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology
Organist: James Abbington, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship, Candler School of Theology

12 pm


1:30 pm

Person: The Image of God in the Contemporary World

ellen-ott-marshall.jpgSpeaker: Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Candler School of Theology

elizabeth-bounds.jpgModerator: Elizabeth M. Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology

steven-kraftchick.jpgPanelist: Steven J. Kraftchick, Professor in the Practice of New Testament Interpretation, Candler School of Theology

copeland.jpgPanelist: M. Shawn Copeland, Professor of Theology, Boston College

3:30 pm

Cosmos: God’s Creation and the Care of the Earth

carol-newsom.jpgSpeaker: Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology

jonathan-strom.jpgModerator: Jonathan Strom, Associate Professor of Church History, Candler School of Theology

wirzba.jpgPanelist: Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology and Ecology, Duke Divinity School

bingham.jpgThe Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President and Founder Interfaith Power and Light and The Regeneration Project

6 pm

Student and Faculty Dinner

7 pm

Student and Faculty Discussions

Friday, March 20

9 am

Polity: The Kingdom of God and Global Pluralism

jehu-hanciles.jpgSpeaker: Jehu J. Hanciles, D.W. and Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity, Candler School of Theology

elizabeth-corrie.jpgModerator: Elizabeth Corrie, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding, Candler School of Theology

robert.jpgPanelist: Dana L. Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and the History of Mission, Boston University

daniel-jeyaraj.jpgPanelist: Daniel Jeyaraj, Professor of World Christianity, Liverpool Hope University

11:05 am

Preacher: Teresa Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics, Candler School of Theology
Organist: James Abbington, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship, Candler School of Theology

12 pm

Lunch and Departure

Presented in collaboration with the McDonald Agape Foundation, which supports lectures and other public presentations that deal creatively and imaginatively with the person and teachings of Jesus as they shape and form culture.