Candler Worship

Candler Worship

The worship of God is at the heart of life at Candler. Students, faculty, staff and guests gather virtually for worship two times each week. While Candler is grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by the Wesleyan tradition, we worship together in many different styles and Christian traditions, from Benedictine to Baptist, Anglican to Quaker, AME to UMC. Our gathering around the Word sustains us for witness to the world.

In the wake of the impact of COVID-19 and the transition to online learning, the Office of Worship is committed to remaining worshipfully connected with the Candler community. Opportunities for worship engagement will be available on the website and on social media, as we work to cultivate a virtual community that allows us to stay spiritually connected in this time of physical distancing. Learn more.

Schedule of Services

The Candler community gathers for worship two times each week.

  • Tuesday, Service of Word, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Service of Word, 11:30 a.m.

In addition to regular worship services, the Candler community can engage devotion moments on Mondays and Fridays through the Candler Worship social media channels (Facebook and Instagram) for times of prayer, meditation and centering.

View the worship calendar. Download the worship schedule.

Worship Teams

The Worship Planning Teams are led by student staff in the Office of Worship, coordinated by Rev. Dr. Khalia J. Williams, associate dean of worship and music. The teams coordinate all aspects of the worship services, including recruiting and training readers, greeters, communion servers, writers and other artists.

To get involved, share your concerns or ask a question, email Khalia J. Williams.

Candler students are encouraged to volunteer their gifts as instrumentalists, vocalists and liturgical dancers, either individually or in small ensembles, or to join one of the established choirs: the Candler Singers, the Candler Chorale, and the Candler Voices of Imani. The larger Emory University choirs, orchestra, and wind and percussion ensembles also are open to Candler students.

For further information, email Khalia J. Williams, associate dean of worship and music.

The Candler Singers

The singers and instrumentalists in The Candler Singers are all students at Candler who are preparing for ministry in the church, the academy and the world. They come from a variety of Christian denominations and from several nations, including South Korea, Canada and the United States.

In addition to leading weekly worship, the Candler Singers perform at a wide range of churches, regional events and denominational gatherings across the Southeast. They have been a featured choir in worship and in concerts during the quadrennial General Conferences of The United Methodist Church in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.

Auditions for the Singers are held every August in the first week of classes. For more information, email David Daniel, director of chapel music and the director of The Candler Singers.

The Candler Chorale

The Candler Chorale is open to all members of the community and is available for credit. The Chorale rehearses and sings weekly. For more information, email David Daniel, director of the Candler Chorale.

Candler Voices of Imani

The Candler Voices of Imani is open to all members of the community and is available for credit. Voices rehearses weekly and sings in chapel several times each semester. For more information, email David Daniel.

Candler’s Office of Worship provides students, instructors, clergy, and lay leadership with tools and ideas for planning and leading worship services. Gather ideas and inspiration from past worship services at Candler, available on Vimeo, YouTube, and iTunes. Watch our weekly live streaming of worship services.

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"Candler worship services highlight the diverse body of Christ and the immeasurable ways humanity can worship the Divine! Attending chapel was a welcomed respite from the stress of class and work, and a continual reminder that God is bigger than my limited experience."
-The Rev. Kristen Curtis Wright, 19T