Sep 25 2009

Candler Evangelical Society


Evangelical. What does it mean to be Evangelical? How do Evangelicals view the world, humanity, and salvation through Jesus Christ? Are there “liberal” Evangelicals versus “conservative” Evangelicals? And what’s the difference? So many good questions!

Wrestling with what is means to be Evangelical and how this relates to all one’s relationships and work in the world is a big part of the work of the Candler Evangelical Society (CES). In the United States, there are positive connotations to the “E word,” evangelical.

Ben Gosden is a second-year MDiv Student at Candler and the President of CES. About the CES, Ben writes,

In and through our involvement at Candler we desire to reach out to the community and, hopefully, work to change the skewed view of what being evangelical means. Our view is one of love for ALL people, recognition of all human equality under God, and that salvation through Jesus Christ not only includes us with God in the world to come, but also that we are to work, in and through the Holy Spirit, to establish that world right where we are.

sandwichesThe term “evangelical” is a fairly new invention, considering the 2000 year history of the Christian faith. The term showed up in the middle ages, and only appeared in English in 1531. Given it’s short history, the term has had many definitions and permutations.

Today, Evangelicals are not monolithic, but are multi-faceted. For instance, among other things, the Candler Evangelical Society is committed to challenging the notion that Evangelicals are inactive in the world in terms of works of love and justice. Last week, students from the CES made over 500 sandwiches for the Open Door Community, a Christian ministry to homeless people in Atlanta.

CES has also been active in promoting a panel discussion about people of faith and health care reform that includes professors from Theology, Public Health, and other Emory departments. CES is also set to host Bishop Will Willimon (Candler grad ’73) for a talk in November.

There’s a lot going on at the CES–check out their Facebook Page (search for “Candler Evangelical Society”) and the video below, from their Kickoff Lunch.

So what does “evangelical” mean to you?

Sep 11 2009

Welcome Back, Candler!


Preacher Rev. Dr. E. Brooks Holifield, Professor of American Church History

Candler is back in full swing. Students have returned to Atlanta from their summer vacations, internships, travels, studies, and work in churches, businesses, and non-profits across the US and the world.Here are some of the highlights of Candler student summers:

The Beatitudes Society

Three students served as Summer Fellows with the Beatitudes Society—one each in Washington, DC, Chicago, and San Francisco.  Candler students furthered the mission of the organization’s mission to challenge the Church to return to the teachings of Jesus, particularly as they concern justice, compassion, and peacemaking.

MOZ-2BoysSmile_horz4x6International Relief and Development, Inc.

Candler received a grant from International Relief and Development, Inc. to send seven student interns to service sites in the Republic of Georgia, Mozambique, Indonesia, and IRD headquarters in Washington, D.C. this summer. Six Candler students and one student from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health will be assessing a broad range of issues, including democracy and governance, HIV/AIDS, and community development.

National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS)


Several Candler students returned from a spring semester in Washington DC through NCSS, a semester-long, intensive program of study in ethics, theology and public policy. Candler students got first-hand exposure to the world Inside the Beltway, with a combination of classroom experience, field visits, and internships.

South Africa Evangelism Seminar

Candler professor Wesley de Souza led a team of Candler students to Johannesburg, South Africa for the week-long South Africa Evangelism Seminar, sponsored by the World Methodist Evangelism Institute. In addition to the conference and lectures, students visited churches and preached to congregations in and around Johannesburg.


Ever had the itch to hang out with three-hundred thousand of your closest Christian friends? That exactly what Candler professors Jonathan Strom and Brooks Holifield along with a cohort of Candler students did in Bremmen, Germany this summer. The biennial Kirchentag (“Church Conference,” in German) is one of the largest gatherings of Christians in the world, with literally hundreds of worship services, Bible studies, speakers, prayer groups, spiritual practices opportunities, panel discussions and more. The theme this year was, “Mensch, Wo Bist Du?”, “Mortal, Where Are You?” from God’s question to Adam and Even in Genesis.

kirchentag-plakat1(Check out this YouTube video. It’s in German, for those who speak German, but wonderful images and music for the rest of us as well)