Welcome Back, Candler!

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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.

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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)

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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.

Kirchentag

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)


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