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In Luke 24, two disciples take their first steps along the road to theological exploration.

It’s the first Easter afternoon, and two travelers make their way toward Emmaus. Jesus approaches, and mistaking him for a stranger they relate to him the news of the recent crucifixion of a man from Nazareth. Eventually, Jesus breaks in and teaches them from the Scriptures. For those two travelers, the road to Emmaus becomes a road to theological education.

 

What is striking about this story is not just what these travelers learn, but where and how. Rather than directing them to quit their jobs and enroll in rabbinical training, Jesus brings the teaching to them. The learning they experience occurs on the road and as a part of their daily lives. Later in the story, when it appears that Jesus is about to depart, they urge him to stay. As they break bread together, it’s easy to imagine that the lesson begun on the road continues around a table.The effects are transformative. Their eyes are opened and they come to recognize their guest as the resurrected Christ. In the midst of their journey, in the midst of shared meals and everyday tasks, theological education becomes part of the life of discipleship.

 

 

Inspired by this story, The Candler Foundry aims to make theological education accessible to everyone – believers and seekers, Sunday School attendees and lay ministers, community organizers and non-profit leaders, regular church goers and those just curious about faith. Our offerings are designed to be equal parts accessible and rigorous, providing wise, reliable, and relevant teaching in formats that can be integrated into your everyday life and faith. Join us to grow spiritually and develop practices that enable you to better serve the church, advocate for justice, have meaningful conversations, ask difficult questions, and engage issues that matter to the world.

Luke 24:13-15, 27 (ESV)

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. … And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

 

Leadership

Ryan P. Bonfiglio

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Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio joined the Candler faculty in 2018. He previously taught at Columbia Theological Seminary and served as the John H. Stembler Scholar in Residence at the First Presbyterian Church (USA) of Atlanta. He is also the director of the TheoEd Talks speaker series and chair of the Metaphor Theory and Hebrew Bible Program Unit at the Society of Biblical Literature. His research and teaching interests include ancient Near Eastern iconography, Israelite religion, biblical metaphors, the Pentateuch, and various topics in Old Testament theology.

Email   ryan.p.bonfiglio@emory.edu

Chrystal Golden

Foundry Position Program Coordinator
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Chrystal Golden (she/her/hers) joined the Candler Foundry staff in March 2020. She graduated from Candler School of Theology in May 2020 with certificates in Religious Education, Baptist Studies, and Black Church Studies with a focus on the experiences of Black women in the church and the academy. She's the co-host of the Holy as Hell podcast, and she also maintains a personal blog for her own theological wanderings.

Email   clgolde@emory.edu

Tim McNinch

Foundry Position Doctoral Fellow
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Tim McNinch is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew Bible at Emory University. He has a diverse background in church leadership, having served as a campus minister, church planter, and pastor in Evangelical, Charismatic, and Anabaptist contexts. He is also certified for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). In addition to his work as a doctoral fellow with the Candler Foundry, Tim is the cohost and producer of the weekly lectionary podcast, “First Reading” (https://firstreadingpodcast.com); an editor for the Politics of Scripture Blog, part of the Political Theology Network (https://politicaltheology.com); and a series editor for GlossaHouse Publishing (https://www.glossahouse.com/illustrated-biblical-texts). He also has an active YouTube channel with resources for students of biblical Hebrew (https://youtube.com/timmcninch).

Email   timothy.mcninch@emory.edu

Elizabeth Arnold

Foundry Position Doctoral Fellow
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Elizabeth Arnold is a PhD candidate in New Testament at Emory University and an ordained Baptist minister. She is currently completing a dissertation on the wilderness in Luke-Acts. Her research interests include scripture as literature and the intersection of the church and the academy in theological studies.

Email   elizabeth.arnold@emory.edu

Janine Warrington

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Janine Warrington (she/her/hers) is pursuing her Master of Divinity with a concentration in biblical studies at Candler School of Theology. Her academic interests focus on Hebrew Bible and biblical narratives that don't often get attention in church. In addition to her studies and her work with Candler Foundry, Janine also writes for Spokane Faith and Values, a faith-based news source established in her hometown of Spokane, Washington.

Email   janine.a.warrington@emory.edu

Chloe Granberry

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Chloe Granberry is a second-year Master of Divinity student at Candler School of Theology. She is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Murray State University, where she won recognition as Outstanding Literature Student of the year. She has served five summer internships with Project Transformation, a non-profit that enables college-aged students to implement literacy camps for children in underserved communities. She currently volunteers at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta in the Community Ministries’ food pantry and is an avid reader.

Email   chloe.ann.granberry@emory.edu

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