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, “Acting Experimentally as Faith and Leadership,” which will meet January 2-4 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building.

The course will define and commend experimentation as a core competency and essential component of effective leadership and discipleship toward individual, institutional and societal change, using the practices of the Apostle Paul as a theological reference point and inspiration. Participants will be introduced to the concept of adaptive leadership as taught by Ronald Heifetz, as well as the work of Amanda Cebula and Ed O’Malley.

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 learn more or register as an auditor, visit, then click the “Register Now” button and select the 2019 J-Term category. The registration deadline for all auditors is January 2.

Current seminary students or others who wish to take the course for academic credit should contact Candler Registrar Shelly Hart at by December 18 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.