Welcome to the winter issue of Candler Connection, the magazine for alumni and friends of Candler School of Theology. This magazine is designed to foster community among the 7,500 Candler alumni around the world.
This issue is dedicated to the topic of neighbors and neighborhoods. We begin with a new take on an old question—Who is my neighbor?—and expand the discussion from there? What does being a good neighbor mean? What obstacles keep us from being good neighbors? What roles do the church and various ministries play in a neighborhood? We hope this issue inspires a renewed call to neighborliness in you.
“It’s a classic lawyer’s mistake, asking a witness a question in open court without knowing in advance what the answer will be,” writes Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching and Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology. Long examines the lawyer’s question – who is my neighbor? – and ponders the lessons in the parable of the good Samaritan.
L’Arche is an intentional faith community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. A simple definition, but this article explores how these communities are having profound effects in shaping the faith of those who come into contact with them. As a new L’Arche community opens in Candler’s backyard, we explore the riches of relationship with “different” neighbors.
When best-selling author and sought-after speaker Shane Claiborne visited Candler in October, he inspired capacity crowds with his tales of resurrection in dead-end neighborhoods. In this interview, Claiborne explains how the adversity faced by a community can be a positive thing and shares how already stable communities can become stronger.
The garden adjacent to Centenary United Methodist Church in Macon, Georgia, isn’t exactly paradise. It’s more like an empty lot that has a few picnic tables and a half dozen raised beds growing bulbous purple eggplant, lush leafy lettuces, and fancy onions. But four Candler alumni are doing whatever is humanly possible to transform the space and the surrounding neighborhood into a modern-day Eden.
Bishop Woodie White on neighbors and neighborhoods
What faculty are reading now
Alum Toni Belin Ingram interviews her faculty mentor, Luther Smith
From Hostility to Hospitality: Neighbors Across Political Divides
Guhyun Kwon’s church scales fences of mistrust to be a good neighbor
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