centennial bookA collection of essays, addresses, and sermons by Candler faculty during the school’s 2014-2015 Centennial celebration has recently been published by The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). The Vocation of Theology: Inquiry, Dialogue, Adoration was edited by Professor in the Practice of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Theology Rex D. Matthews and includes a foreword by Dean Jan Love, an introduction by Theologian-in-Residence Don E. Saliers, and pieces by 11 members of the Candler faculty. Order the book.

Candler marked its Centennial during the 2014-2015 academic year with a variety of events highlighting memories of the past and visions for the future, including a Centennial Convocation in October 2014 and a Centennial Academic Conference in March 2015, where many of these pieces were originally presented. 

Dean Jan Love calls the collection “a uniquely Candler contribution to theological education,” adding, “Our hope is that scholars and leaders from elsewhere in the country and the world will critique, challenge, and widen our understanding of where God is leading us.”

Candler faculty members featured in the book:

  • Carl Holladay, Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament
  • Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching
  • Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament
  • Luther E. Smith Jr., Professor Emeritus of Church and Community
  • Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament
  • Steven M. Tipton, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Religion
  • Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins
  • Ted A. Smith, Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics
  • Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation
  • Jehu J. Hanciles, D.W. and Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity
  • Teresa L. Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching

Love says Matthews’ background made him a natural choice to edit the collection.

“With his long history in publishing and as an editor, and his many years of teaching, research and service at Candler, Rex was the perfect faculty member to conceive, organize, edit, and see this volume through to publication. I am deeply grateful for his excellent work to ensure that Candler’s Centennial offers a lasting legacy to the church and the academy though the production of this book.”

The Vocation of Theology is available on Amazon.