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.

Candler offers two pathways for students: chartered and student-organized formation communities.

Chartered Formation Communities:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 (although you don’t need to be Episcopalian or Anglican to apply!).
  3. Bonhoeffer Formation Community is a non-residential community made up of Teaching Parish students who are interested in exploring virtual modes of connection, prayer and fellowship.
  4. L’Arche Friendship House is a new endeavor we’re exploring with L’Arche Atlanta for 2021-2022, where we hope to place up to five students in a community alongside people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  5. Harambee House, in partnership with the Black Student Caucus and the Black Church Studies program, is another new community for 2021-2022, focused on the needs and interests of Black students.

Student Organized Formation Communities

Students who already have housing may apply to participate in the Formation Communities curriculum as a cohort with housemates or roommates. Student-organized formation communities will participate in retreats at the beginning and middle of the year, be assigned a house chaplain, host a meeting for the clarification of thought each semester, and participate in the wider curriculum of formation.

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

Applications for participating in the formation communities during the 2021-2022 academic year are due by March 15. Apply now!