Candler’s upcoming week of “J-term” courses in early January will include a three-day class taught by The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Members of the public can register to audit the one-credit course, “The Cross of Jesus: Holding Steady in Leadership,” which will meet January 3-5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building.

The course will explore synergies and strategies of the leadership practice and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and the concept of adaptive leadership as taught by Ronald Heifetz, offering examples and approaches that build the capacity to hold steady in the midst of anxiety and loss so that authentic hope can be born.

Wright’s class is open to members of the public as auditors. Candler and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta have partnered to offer scholarships to Episcopal lay leaders and clergy who wish to audit the course. Scholarship recipients will pay $160 for the course rather than the regular auditor tuition of $310. Those interested in the scholarship should contact The Rev. Canon P. Lang Lowrey, director of Episcopal Studies at Candler, at

To register as an auditor, visit, then click the “Register Now” button and select the 2017 J-Term category. The registration deadline for all auditors is December 27.

Current seminary students or others who wish to take the course for academic credit should contact Candler Registrar Shelly Hart at by December 16 for information on costs and procedures for enrolling.

Wright has been bishop of the diocese since June 2012. Prior to that, he served for ten years as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He earned his MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), and has received honorary doctorate of divinity degrees from VTS, Sewanee: The University of the South, and The General Theological Seminary.

Candler School of Theology is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.