Formation Communities

Picture this: After a busy day on campus, you open the door to a violin’s cheerful hum and the smell of freshly baked bread. Two of your housemates are sitting on the couch laughing and recounting the day, while others work on dinner prep (homemade pizza!) in the kitchen. A candle and a stack of hymnals sit in the living room corner, ready for tonight’s worship service. Scenes like this one are a regular occurrence at Candler’s formation communities.

Focused on intentional living and spiritual formation, Candler’s formation communities provide students a distinctive opportunity to live and grow in faith alongside their peers. Each formation community creates a “rule of life” at the beginning of the academic year to guide their days together. Communities are organized around shared prayer,  shared table, and shared celebration, and each is coordinated by a student rector who provides day-to-day leadership and a faculty chaplain who provides worship leadership and long-term guidance.

For the 2021-2022 academic year Candler has eight formation communities, each organized around its own rule of life and charisms.

  • Bonhoeffer Formation Community is a non-residential community made up of Teaching Parish students. Participants engage in virtual modes of connection, prayer, and fellowship.
  • Catholic Studies House is a new formation community that in partnership with Candler’s Catholic Studies Program is rooted in the Ignatian spiritual tradition.
  • Harambee House, in partnership with the Black Student Caucus and the Black Church Studies program, is located right on the eastern edge of Emory’s campus and is animated by the charisms of academic excellence, an orientation toward justice, and the spirituality of the Black church.
  • Hildegard House is a community that has cultivated practices around ecological care as well as an inclusive, queer positive culture.
  • L’Arche Friendship House is a community of five Candler students planted alongside the Atlanta L’Arche communities. These communities offer hospitality and friendship to people of diverse abilities. The Friendship House is located near the corner of Clairmont and N. Decatur Rd.
  • St. Claire House is located in the parsonage of Park Avenue Baptist Church, and the students here have focused on practices of inclusion and hospitality.
  • St. Joseph and St. Vedast Houses are rooted in the rhythms of prayer commended by the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and serve as a hub for the wider Episcopal and Anglican Studies Program.

For housing descriptions, locations, and costs, as well as the accompanying curriculum and application details, click here.