Resources

Browse an archive of learning resources and past events.

Foundry Highlight: Colored Orneriness as Critical Companion in U.S. Democracy by Dr. Emilie Townes

In her presentation for the 2020 Anna Julia Cooper Lecture, Dr. Emilie Townes explores what she calls “colored orneriness” as a moral ideal that can provide a critical prophetic lens for black communities and churches in the U.S. that suffer and resist relentless systemic oppression.

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"Story Companions" Special Opening Lecture with Dr. Karen Scheib

Caring for others is at the center of the life of the church and takes many forms. Becoming story companions is a form of care we explore in this course. Through reverent listening to each other in suffering, or joy, and in the rhythm of daily life we may discern the presence of God. In so doing, we become story companions who see and name the intersections of God’s story and our stories. The English word companions which derives from Latin means “bread mates.” Story companions share a substance that sustains our lives and souls: the stories we have been, the stories, we are, the stories we hope to become. Story companions pay particular attention to the story God is weaving through another’s life story inviting growth in grace. The lecture will provide an overview of story listening.

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The Resiliency of Job: Hoffmann | Eiesland Lecture

In partnership with Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Candler School of Theology presents the Hoffmann | Eiesland Lecture. Dr. Carol Newsom and the Rev.Dr. Karen Scheib will present a joint lecture on The Resiliency of Job. Together, they will look at the various ways that Job, in the midst of his suffering, exhibits resiliency. Dr. Luther Smith, Professor Emeritus of Church and Community at Candler, will serve as moderator.

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Candler in Conversation: How do we mobilize?

With national and local elections around the corner, there’s much work to do in getting our political affairs, both individually and communally, in order now. How does or how should the church and faith-based organizations navigate politics? What’s at stake on the ballots? Why should voting matter to our faith? Our all-star panelists will help us answer these questions.

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Candler in Conversation: How do we find balance? Part 2

In this episode of Candler in Conversation, we bring together three faith leaders who also serve as wellness practitioners to discuss balance and living life in 2020.

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Candler in Conversation: How do we find balance? Part 1

On this episode of Candler in Conversation, our invited guests shared their unique strategies for maintaining a sense of balance, especially during this time of crisis.

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Learning Theology With and From the Laity

by Elizabeth Arnold

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Candler in Conversation: What do we say to our youth?

It has been an extraordinary few months for adults, but what about our young people who are also experiencing life at this time? From the closing of schools and virtual learning to having to celebrate major life milestones in new ways, we must consider how our up-and-coming generation is faring and how this time will forever mark their future. This conversation will center best practices and strategies for working with young people at such a time as this. How do we best support the youth in our lives during this longer-term crisis?

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Short Course: Stranger Things

by The Candler Foundry

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Short Course: Wrestling with the Old Testament

by The Candler Foundry

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Candler in Conversation: What does she say to these things?

On this special episode of Candler in Conversation, our guests will discuss the current state of affairs in America, the church’s role in and response to current events, and how intersectionality has a huge impact on one’s lived experience.

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A Spirit of Curiosity

by Chrystal Golden

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Tear Down That Wall

by Timothy McNinch

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Taking TED to Church

by Ryan Bonfiglio

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Candler in Conversation: What is the role of lament in public witness?

Throughout the Bible, there are many examples of individuals as well as entire communities crying out to God in need of divine intervention. The practice of lament in present-day seems to be a more private affair, but there is power in using lament as part of one's public witness. Our guests engage our essential question: "What is the role of lament in public witness?"

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Foundry Highlights: The Catholic Church vs. White Nationalism by Father Bryan Massingale

Father Bryan Massingale challenges the response of the Catholic Church to white nationalism during the 2019 Howard Thurman Lecture.

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Foundry Highlights: Black Joy in the Mo(u)rning by Dr. M. Brandon McCormack

Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack uses Psalm 30:5 to juxtapose the experience of Black Joy with Black Death to emphasize the resilience of Black Faith in this sermon from February 2020.

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Candler in Conversation: What do I say to my white congregation?

The work of becoming actively anti-racist often starts in one’s own heart, home, and church. From congregations newer to the fight for racial justice to congregations that have been engaged in it for a much longer time, current events suggest that there’s still so much more to learn and put into practice related to anti-racism work.

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Short Course: The Ten Commandments

by The Candler Foundry

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Candler in Conversation: What does protesting have to do with our faith?

The entire world seems to be responding to the multiple incidents of racial violence against Black men and women that has not only happened over the last few months but in the last 400 years since Africans were unwillingly brought here. From demonstrations happening in all 50 states in the US to acts of solidarity happening in across the globe, marches have been planned, signs have been made, and voices have been lifted to decry the de-humanization of Black bodies.

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Breaking Bread Together as We Work for Justice and Healing

A roundtable discussion on racial violence and injustice. Moderated by Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. Panelists include: Candler professors Gregory C. Ellison II, Ellen Ott Marshall, Kwok Pui Lan, and Kyle Lambelet, along with the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, senior pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church, and the Very Rev. Dr. Sam Candler, dean of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.

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A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation - Part 2

A panel discussion on human sexuality, followed by questions and answers led by Rev. Dr. Kendall Soulen and Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson

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A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation - Part 1

A panel discussion on human sexuality, followed by questions and answers led by Rev. Dr. Kendall Soulen and Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson

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A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation and Human Sexuality: Discussion Guide

by The Candler Foundry

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Wilderness Wanderings: Longing for the Way Things Used to Be

With in-person gatherings canceled, COVID-19 has ushered in a “new normal” for the church. Even as churches have quickly adapted through online services, many long to return to the way things used to be. To what extent is this possible? In what ways can this crisis cultivate fresh and creative ministry practices?

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Wilderness Wanderings: Facing the Fear of Scarcity

The shutdown of the economy has brought a variety of difficult financial realities for individuals and institutions. What would it look like to embrace God’s abundance in the midst of the fears and anxieties that come with scarcity? How can such conditions spark new thinking about how to lead and serve in the world?

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Exploring the Wilderness Wanderings

by The Candler Foundry

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Wilderness Wanderings: Walking through Grief

In the wake of COVID-19, our communities are facing agonizing grief over the loss of lives, jobs, social contact, daily rhythms, and a sense of stability.

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New Realities of Global Christianity: The Church on the Move in Times of Migrants

A lecture offered by Rev. Dr. Jong Chun Park, 82T 86G, President of the World Methodist Council

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The Catholic Church and the Struggle Against White Nationalism: Missing in Action?

The 2019 Howard Thurman lecture offered by Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University

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“Who is an Evangelical?” - Thomas Kidd

Thomas Kidd speaks on the subject "Who Is an Evangelical?"

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