The start of the fall 2015 semester at Candler signals a new season of Office Hours: Practical Ministry Webinars, presented by the Office of Alumni Relations. These free, one-hour online conversations with Candler faculty members take place from 12:00–1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and are designed to provide new tools for use in your work and ministry. Without leaving their desks, participants view a live presentation, ask questions, and engage in dialogue with faculty members. The upcoming webinars focus on the local church’s engagement with social justice issues, including prison ministry and intimate partner violence.

BoundsSeptember 22, 2015: Elizabeth M. Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Redeeming Responsibility: Why Churches Should Engage in Prison Ministry

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Caring for those in prison is an imperative element of the gospel, as stated in Matthew 25:36. However, many Christian churches have little involvement with the incarcerated, even though the U.S. has the largest prison population in the world, with one in 31 Americans incarcerated or on probation/parole. We will explore Christian responsibilities through prison ministry by asking moral and practical questions and suggesting ways congregations might serve as healing communities.

HylenOctober 21, 2015: Susan E. Hylen, Associate Professor of New Testament and Melissa Mobley 15T

Safe on Weekends: Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in the Church

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Statistics show that intimate partner violence (IPV) is reported more on Saturdays and Sundays than during the week. The church can be either a refuge or a roadblock for IPV survivors, and this webinar will offer practical information for local pastors and churches in terms of implementing a response plan, raising IPV awareness, and offering ideas about how to foster congregations that encourage healing and growth.

Marshall December 8, 2015: Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation

Practicing Conflict Transformation

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Conflict transformation asserts that conflict can be a catalyst for constructive change. However, engaging conflict constructively requires practice and praxis. This webinar draws on the wisdom of mediators, circle facilitators, and nonviolent activists to identify practices that foster transformation.

You can access past webinars on our archives page,, where you can continue your Candler education with presentations by Bandy Professor of Preaching Teresa L. Fry Brown, Laney Professor in Moral Leadership Robert M. Franklin, Jr., R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins Luke Timothy Johnson, and many more Candler luminaries.