Beginning in January, the Office of Alumni Relations will offer a new season of Office Hours: Practical Ministry Webinars. These free, one-hour online conversations with Candler faculty members take place from 12:00-1:00 pm (EDT) are designed to provide new tools for use in your work and ministry. Participants view a live presentation, ask questions, and engage in dialogue with faculty members. As Candler continues the yearlong commemoration of its centennial, we’ll include discussions on the future of theological education.

This semester’s schedule:

Nichole Phillips January 29, 2015: Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Religion and Human Difference

Redeeming Memories: From the Trauma of Collective Pasts to the Hope of Resurrection

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Throughout history, cries of redemption have been heard, capturing the sorrows, pain, and suffering of marginalized and persecuted peoples. Exploring cultural memory, we will consider whether or not the traumatic pasts of social groups are redeemable and offer a theology of redemption as a resource for redeeming social traumas.

Robert Franklin February 26, 2015: Robert M. Franklin, Jr., James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership

Lent as a Season of Repentance, Reconciliation and Renewal

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2 Corinthians 5:19 reminds us that we are “ministers of reconciliation,” a nonnegotiable vocation. As our country grapples with issues of ethnic and racial difference, we see a paucity of effective moral leadership on these difficult issues. Christian leaders need tools to guide a positive and biblically grounded process of forgiveness, reconciliation and renewal. We will propose a six-stage process that can be employed during Lent: acknowledging God's covenant with the church, candid conversations, confession, cooperation, criticism and celebration.

A March webinar is in the works, to be announced.

Luke Timothy Johnson April 20, 2015: Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins

Theological Challenges of the New Century

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As Candler celebrates its 100th birthday, it is appropriate to consider the theological challenges of the next century. Such efforts at prophecy are risky, but they have the benefit of alerting us to the necessity of paying attention to what God is doing in the world and what God might be calling us to over the next 100 years. The themes of the word of God, the image of God, the kingdom of God, and creation and care of the earth are central to the Christian tradition and pose fresh challenges to thought and action.

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.

You can watch past webinars through our archived list, featuring Bandy Professor of Preaching Thomas G. Long, Professor of Homiletics and Director of Black Church Studies Teresa L. Fry Brown, Assistant Professor of Religious Education Jennifer R. Ayres, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Gregory C. Ellison, II and many others: