Candler Centennial Academic Conference: March 18-20, 2015

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Overview

Candler is bringing together a dozen renowned theologians to discuss theological challenges facing the church, the world and the shape of theological education in the next century.

The three-day conference seeks to be prophetic—in the sense of truth-speaking rather than future forecasting—about the pressing theological issues facing the world in the next 100 years, and the resources for engaging them.

Candler faculty will deliver five major addresses, each followed by panel presentations by guest scholars. The program includes times for worship and discussion among participants.

The conference is presented in collaboration with the McDonald Agape Foundation.

Registration

Conference registration will open this summer. A nominal registration fee may apply but otherwise the event is free.

Audience

The conference is open to scholars and students of theology at Emory and other institutions throughout the country. The goal is to generate ongoing conversation throughout American theological education on these conference’s themes.

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 18
11 am
Service of Word, Cannon Chapel
Preacher: Joy Ann McDougall, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Candler School of Theology
Organist: James Abbington, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship, Candler School of Theology
5 pm
Reception
6 pm Dinner and Welcome

7 pm

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Keynote Address: “Theological Challenges of the New Century”
Keynote Speaker: Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Candler School of Theology

Thursday, March 19
9 am

Logos: Theological Imagination and Secularlization

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Speaker: Ted A. Smith, Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics, Candler School of Theology

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Moderator: Ian A. McFarland, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Systematic Theology, Candler School of Theology

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Panelist: Marilynn Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

11 am
Worship
Preacher: Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology
Organist: James Abbington, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship, Candler School of Theology
12 pm
Lunch
1 pm
Person: The Image of God in the Contemporary World
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Speaker: Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Candler School of Theology

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Moderator: Elizabeth M. Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology

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Panelist: Steven J. Kraftchick, Professor in the Practice of New Testament Interpretation, Candler School of Theology

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Panelist: M. Shawn Copeland, Professor of Theology, Boston College

3:30 pm Cosmos: God’s Creation and the Care of the Earth
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Speaker: Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology

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Moderator: Jonathan Strom, Associate Professor of Church History, Candler School of Theology

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Panelist: Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology and Ecology, Duke Divinity School

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The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President and Founder Interfaith Power and Light and The Regeneration Project

6 pm Dinner
7 pm Student Discussions
Friday, March 20
9 am Polity: The Kingdom of God and Global Pluralism
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Speaker: Jehu J. Hanciles, D.W. and Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity, Candler School of Theology

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Moderator: Elizabeth Corrie, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding, Candler School of Theology

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Panelist: Dana L. Robert, Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and the History of Mission, Boston University

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Panelist: Daniel Jeyaraj, Professor of World Christianity, Liverpool Hope University

11 am
Worship
Preacher: Teresa Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics, Candler School of Theology
Organist: James Abbington, Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship, Candler School of Theology
12 pm
Lunch and Departure

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Presented in collaboration with the McDonald Agape Foundation, which supports lectures and other public presentations that deal creatively and imaginatively with the person and teachings of Jesus as they shape and form culture.