Seals and Hart.A Dean's Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 8 will focus on preserving rural churches. Sonny Seals and George S. Hart, founders of the nonprofit Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, will present "Historic Rural Churches of Georgia: The Story of Georgia Through the Eyes of Her Rural Churches" from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room 252 of Candler's Rita Anne Rollins Building. The event is free and open to the public, and a boxed lunch will be provided for all who register by 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 31. Register here.

Aspects of Georgia's unique history can only be told through its existing rural churches. As the state's backcountry rapidly expanded in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the churches erected on this newly parceled land became the center of community life. From these rural communities sprang the villages, towns, counties, and cities that informed the way Georgia was organized and governed, and continue to hold influence today.

Seals and Hart founded Historic Rural Churches of Georgia in 2012, with a mission to research, document and ultimately preserve historic rural churches across the state. Their book, Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, features 48 selected churches from around Georgia.

Register to receive a free boxed lunch by Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m.

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