Jun 11 2010

Emory & the Environment

In case you hadn’t heard, Emory has a well-established program in green building — currently having one of the largest inventories by square footage of LEED-certified green buildings among campuses in America.  We have 13 LEED Silver or Gold buildings—including the Theology/Ethics Building—and counting.

Here are some of Emory’s Green Highlights—check back next week for more on the Greening of Emory, including Candler’s initiatives and what you can do at home, at school, and in your places of worship!

Emory Awards and Highlights

Bike Emory. Emory, Fuji Bikes, and Bicycle South bike shop have teamed up to provide all of Emory access to discounted bikes, on-campus bike repairs, free bike-share program, and more.

Food. Buy Local-Emory does! Emory has set a goal of providing 75 percent local or sustainably grown food in the hospitals and cafeterias by 2015. Organic Market Boxes are USDA certified fruits and veggies coming in three sizes—order yours online and pick up on campus the next week! Additionally, the Educational Gardens around campus—including the Theology Garden, shown here on the Sustainability Map—aim to provide fresh food and herbs to the community and get people reconnected to dirt, and water, and sunshine, and real food!

Recycling and Composting. Emory sent off it’s 3900 graduates this year with its first Zero Waste Commencement celebration. Emory diverted over 1900 pounds plastic bottles, aluminum cans, food waste, and compostable plates and service to recycling or composting bins. Speaking for the compostable and recyclable materials, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who gave the keynote address, said, “I’ll be back…as healthy garden soil and recycled goods” (not really). More and more of Candler’s events are Zero Waste, and we even have our own compost bin!

Emory Academics. At last count, Emory was teaching 129 courses with a sustainability-related curriculum in disciplines across the campus, such as medicine, law, ethics, theology, anthropology, spanish, philosophy, journalism, and English. 34 of 43 Emory departments had at least one course related to sustainability–that’s 79%! Emory College already has majors and minors in Environmental Science and will soon have  a Sustainability minor.

Make a Pledge Today! Emory has developed a Personal Sustainability Pledge, addressing personal behaviors related to energy, sustainable food, water conservation, green space, commuting, recycling, and other sustainability issues when at Emory and at home. The pledge is very sophisticated, calculating exactly what the carbon impact of your current sustainable practices is – how many cars are you keeping off the road, how many acres of forest and gallons of gasoline you are conserving – and what impact your pledged actions will have in the future. Take the pledge right now!

Check back next week for more about what Candler is doing to be sustainable, plus even more ways for you to get involved. Care of the Creation is all of our God-given responsibility (Genesis 2:15) – so let’s get to it!

Jan 15 2010

What’s New in 2010???


The Taj Mahal, in Agra, India. Photo by Haemin Lee (ThM 'o7)

Happy New Year!!! The new year is upon us, the second semester—the final semester for some students!—has begun, and there is a lot to talk about at  Candler.


Dr. Wesley de Souza, Professor of Evangelism of Evangelism at Candler and Dr. Winston Worrell, Director of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute led a group of a dozen Candler students to an evangelism seminar in Delhi, India from January 5-12. Students’ costs were subsidized by Candler, and several students are still in India exploring the amazing country. Last we heard they were headed to Jaipur.

Benedictine Prayer

A “Mid-day” (it actually starts at 12:30) Benedictine prayer service is starting up this semester in our Prayer Chapel. We encourage those who are seeking a rhythm in their prayer, study, work and worship life to attend. The readings and prayer will last approximately 15 minutes.

New Student Groups

The Candler Society for Multiracial Congregations has recently formed. They seek to help seminarians look critically at the lack of heterogeneous congregations and to offer tools and support for the formation of multiracial congregations. Check them out on Facebook.

The Candler Garden Club is just getting going on campus. A small but committed group of Candler students and staff, led by first-year MDiv student Jason Myers has submitted a petition to create a educational vegetable garden right next to the Theology Building!

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In March, Emory will host a visit by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Cardinal Kasper has been deeply involved in interfaith work, including heading the Vatican’s work on Catholic-Jewish relations. He will give a special talk sponsored by Candler, and Emory’s Aquinas Center and the Halle Institute entitled, “The Timelessness of Speaking of God.” The event is free and open to the public; Tickets are available online.

Summer Travel Opportunities

This summer, the Emory Global Health Institute is sending teams to Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Haiti, and The Bahamas. Candler students are encouraged to apply for spots on various teams as Field Scholars. Scholarships pay for $3000 for the summer. Check out the EGHI website for more info.

So we’ve got an exciting semester ahead. Come be a part of some of the amazing things going on at Candler and Emory, around Atlanta, and all over the world!

Oct 30 2009

Candler: Nobel Prize Edition


When US President Barak Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace on October 9, he interpreted the award as a call to action. You might not know this, but students at Candler and Emory have pretty amazing access to and experiences with Nobel Laureates past and present. Here are some of the Nobel Laureates and their Candler/Emory connections that have called our students to action.

art_jimmy_carter_emory_cnnPresident Jimmy Carter

Nobel Prize for Peace, 2002

President Carter is Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor, giving regular lectures around the university and hosting Town Hall meetings every fall for incoming Emory Freshman. In 2002, President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his and The Carter Center’s work (the Carter Center is an Emory University affiliate) in peacemaking, promoting democracy and human rights, and social and economic development.

Last fall, President Carter dropped in on Candler professor Dr. Tom Flores’ class, Sacred Ambivalence: Violence, Peacebuilding, and Interfaith Dialogue. The class was discussion how one’s religious background and faith affects dialogue and peace building. Carter spoke to the class about the signing, with President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, of the Camp David Accords on September 17, 1978, a milestone in Middle East peace talks.

Check out this conversation with the Jimmy and Roselynn Carter on iTunes University.


His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

Nobel Prize for Peace, 1989

Like President Carter, HH the Dalai Lama serves Emory as a Presidential Distinguished Professor.  The Dalai Lama’s 2007 professorship––the first

university appointment accepted by the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the Tibetan people––is an outgrowth of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, which was founded in 1998 to bring together the best of Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions.

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, who will return to Emory Oct. 17-19, 2010, in his role as Presidential Distinguished Profes

sor, has announced a gift of $50,000 to the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, an historic and ambitious undertaking to develop and implement a comprehensive science education curriculum for Tibetan monastics.

HHDL_vidCheck out HH the Dalai Lama’s Introduction to Buddhism lecture on YouTube

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Nobel Prize for Peace, 1984

Archbishop Tutu served Candler and Emory for two years, from 1998 – 2000, as the Robert R Woodruff Visiting Professor and then the William R Cannon Visiting Distinguished Professor. His tenure at Candler was his first academic appointment (he has subsequently taught at King’s College in London, England). In addition to public lectures, he taught two courses, a seminar on “Transfiguration, Forgiveness and Reconciliation” in the spring and fall of 1999, and a lecture class on “God and Us: Introduction to Contextual Theology and Ministry.”

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Nobel Prize for Literature, 1995

In 2003, the Woodruff Library of Emory University acquired a major portion of the archive of the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney. The collection of personal and literary papers includes thousands of letters spanning Heaney’s entire career as well as printed materials, tape recordings and photographs. Heaney made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 23 prior to a reading at Emory in honor of the university’s then-recently retired president, William M. Chace.

Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Soyinka

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Nobel Prize for Literature, 1986

Wole Soyinka (born 13 July 1934) is a Nigerian writer, poet and playwright.  He was the first African to be so honored. After fleeing his native Nigeria in 1994, Soyinka served for the spring semester of 1996 as Emory Distinguished Visiting Professor in African American Studies. Soyinka joined the faculty in the fall of 1996, teaching with a focus on personal writing and dramatic projects. At Emory, he lectured in various disciplines, including art history, drama, and political science. He also collaborated with Theater Emory, in partnership with which he directed a staged reading of his play 1994, a satire on political correctness.