This spring, Candler’s Office of Alumni Relations will offer a new slate of webinars designed to provide tools for use in your work and ministry.

Office Hours: Practical Ministry Webinars are free, one-hour online conversations with Candler faculty members, covering topics from the psalms to peacebuilding with youth and more. Participants view a live presentation, ask questions, and engage in dialogue with faculty members.

Registration for each webinar is required; once registered, participants will receive an email with information about how to join the webinar via the GoToWebinar platform.

This semester’s schedule:

corrie.jpgJanuary 16, 2014Elizabeth Corrie, assistant professor in the practice of youth education and peacebuilding and director of the Youth Theological Initiative 
The Church as Peacemaker in the War on Kids: How Pastors Can Make the Church a Safe Place for Youth

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Based on their observations of the cultural context of youth and the church in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the original designers of the Youth Theological Initiative concluded that North American society marginalizes and oppresses young people as young people. Twenty years later, Corrie sees the situation unchanged, and notes the urgent need for a prophetic voice on the issue. In this webinar, she will outline some of the historical and cultural factors that have contributed to the growing chasm between youth and adults, and describe specific practices that can help bridge that chasm.

don-saliers.jpgFebruary 13, 2014:  Don E. Saliers, William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus
The Psalms of Lament
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This webinar focuses on using the Psalms of Lament in worship. Saliers will explore theological and pastoral themes in specific psalms of lament, showing why and how Christian worship can be made more truthful. Strategies for teaching these psalms and their musical settings will be featured.

ellison.jpgMarch 18, 2014:  Gregory C. Ellison II, assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling
Cut Dead But Still Alive
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Ellison discusses his book on caring for African American young men and other
marginalized populations.

newsom-ayres.jpgApril 24, 2014:  Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament; Director of the Graduate Division of Religion
Jennifer Ayres, assistant professor of religious education and director of Emory's Religious Education program
Food and Faith: Eating as a Spiritual Practice
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The sharing of food is central to Christian faith and practice. It is present in the sacrament of the eucharist; it is a means for experiencing fellowship; and it is a critical practice of hospitality to the poor. Throughout the centuries Christians have thought carefully about food and faith, engaging in both feasts and fasting as a means of being mindful of God. In the present many congregations are developing intentional practices with respect to food (e.g., community gardens, vegetarian meals, support for local farmers) that are part of a theology of creation care. This webinar will explore aspects of the biblical and theological basis for mindful eating.

You can watch past webinars through our archived list here: