Candler students have the opportunity to learn about the diversity of the church by living and studying in other parts of the United States. Candler has exchange agreements for its students with The General Theological Seminary in New York, NY, and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Additional opportunities with other organizations are available on a periodic basis. Registration, financial aid, and approval for transfer credit for these programs must be approved prior to study. To be eligible to participate, students must be certified to be in good academic standing by Candler's registrar. For further information, contact the assistant dean of student life and spiritual formation, Ellen Echols Purdum, at 404.727.4538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, The General Theological Seminary's mission is to educate and form leaders for the church in a changing world. Chartered by the Episcopal General Convention in 1817, General’s very name was chosen to reflect the intention of its founders: that it would serve the entire Episcopal Church. Church leaders conceived a theological institution that would belong to the whole Episcopal Church, where students from all parts of the country would come to prepare for ordination. The school unites academics, worship, and life in community in the process of formation for ministry, whether lay or ordained. While students who live on campus are free to develop their own individual routines, nearly all worship in General’s chapel as a part of their daily life, as do faculty members and many members of the staff. Services in the chapel include the Eucharist, Morning and Evening Prayer, and Compline. In addition to numerous degree offerings, General is home to a Center for Christian Spirituality and the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace and Reconciliation. Candler students may apply for a one semester or year-long exchange at General.
Candler is a participating seminary in the National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS), a semester-long, intensive program of study in ethics, theology, and public policy at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. It brings together seminary students from accredited theological schools across the country for a combination of classroom experience, field visits, and internships. The NCSS program takes place in the spring semester and is open to any student who has completed at least one year of a degree program accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is recommended by their home seminary. Tuition is paid at the regular tuition rate to the student’s home institution. Housing and meals are made available at Wesley Theological Seminary and paid for by the student.
The Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC) promotes contextual, cross-cultural education for theological students, faculty, and church leaders. The AMERC program focuses on experiential learning about the theological, spiritual, social, economic, and environmental aspects of Appalachian culture, especially for ministry in rural and small town settings. Courses are generally 1-2 weeks in length and are held in various locations in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Visit the AMERC website directly for more information about offerings and application deadlines.
Many opportunities are available for service in the United States for periods of a few months to several years. Opportunities include spending a summer as chaplain in the national parks, and working with various service agencies and advocacy. Information is available through the Office of Student Programming, denominational agencies, the National Council of Churches, and other agencies.