Six Candler Foundry Courses to Begin in January

December 22, 2021

The Candler Foundry will launch multiple new Courses in the Community in January 2022, open to all who are passionate about theological education—or want to dive in for the first time. These in-depth courses, many taught by Candler faculty, address a range of topics related to faith, theology, and pressing issues in public life.

Courses range from 4 to 14 weeks and are offered in both online and in-person formats. No application is required.  A list of courses beginning in January is below. Additional courses will be held throughout the spring semester. Click here if you are interested in bringing a Course in the Community to your congregation.

“Women in the Hebrew Bible”
6 sessions | Mondays, January 10–February 14; 7:30–9:00 p.m. ET; online
Registration fee: $65.00

Taught by Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, this course will explore how the Bible is read by different people and will situate women in their historical and geographical settings to get a sense of the laws they labored under. Learn more and register.

“Howard Thurman: Spirituality and Community”
12 sessions | Wednesdays, January 12–April 9; 6:30–8:30 p.m. ET; online
Registration fee: $125.00

Taught by Walter Earl Fluker, Dean’s Professor of Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership at Candler, this course will explore how spirituality influences concepts of community and assesses the practical implications of such concepts in the context of Howard Thurman’s writings and ministry. Learn more and register.

“Spirituality for the Contemporary World”
14 sessions | Wednesdays, January 12–April 20; 7:30–9:00 p.m. ET; online
Registration fee: $125.00

Taught by Kwok Pui Lan, Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Candler, this course will explore different dimensions of a holistic and passionate spirituality for the modern world—including contributions from eco-conscious theologians, feminist religious writers, and Asian religions. The course will focus particularly on how to lead a discussion group on spirituality in churches, schools, and the workplace. Learn more and register.

“The Gospel of Luke: An Old and New Story”
4 sessions | Wednesdays, January 12–February 2; 7:00–8:00 p.m. ET; online or in-person
Registration fee: $49.00

Taught by The Candler Foundry’s postdoctoral fellow Elizabeth Arnold, this course will look at how Luke draws on the narrative of the Old Testament and uses it to shape the gospel story. The course can be taken either online or in-person at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, located at 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. Learn more and register.

“This Strange and Sacred Scripture”
Please note that there are two different opportunities to take this online course.
Option 1: 6 sessions | Wednesdays January 12–February 16; 6:30–7:50 p.m. ET; online
Option 2: 5 sessions | Sundays, January 23–February 20; 5:00–6:30 p.m. ET; online
Registration fee: $49.00

Taught by Ryan Bonfiglio, assistant professor in the practice of Old Testament and director of The Candler Foundry, this course will draw on biblical scholarship and pastoral insights to provide strategies for reading and responding to the Old Testament in ways that are both faithful and constructive. Learn more and register for either segment.

“Prophetic Ministry and Imagination”
6 sessions | Wednesdays, January 19–February 23, 6:00–7:15 p.m. ET; in-person
Registration fee: $49.00

Taught by Eric McDonnell, a doctoral student in Hebrew Bible in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, this course will take a close look at biblical figures Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Jesus, and how they embodied what Walter Brueggemann refers to as “the prophetic imagination.” The course will emphasize how the prophets can help us understand how God has acted in history, and how God is acting now. Sessions will be held at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, located 86 Mt. Vernon Highway NW, Atlanta, GA, 30328. Learn more and register.

See the current listing of all Courses in the Community here.

In addition to its upcoming courses, The Candler Foundry will be taking its TheoEd Talks program on the road to Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, February 27 at 4:00 p.m. An ecumenical speaker series where leaders in the church and the academy share “the talk of their lives” in 20 minutes or less, TheoEd Talks aims to spark conversations that change the way people think about God, religion, and the power of faith to change lives. The presenter lineup in Charlotte will include Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ; Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture; Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity; and Liz Clasen-Kelly, CEO of Roof Above, a comprehensive homeless services provider in Charlotte.

Check out the TheoEd Talks website for more information and look for details on the Candler Foundry website in the coming weeks.