There’s a lot of prayer going on at Candler…and not just during final exam week! As students examine their beliefs and encounter interpretations different from their own, prayer is a natural (and necessary!) part of the theological education experience. Students support each other as they undertake the process of spiritual formation and vocational discernment. They take part in prayer and accountability groups, both formal and informal, and they can be found in private prayer in places throughout campus.
"Many people fear that theology school will leave no room for an enriching prayer and worship life, but Candler has only enhanced and expanded mine," says Mary Page Wilson, a second-year Master of Divinity student who took time out of her day to pray in Glenn Memorial UMC's Little Chapel. "Communal worship with the Candler community becomes part of the rhythm of your week. We even begin our time in many classes with prayer, silence, or song. In the words of Dr. Brent Strawn, 'The class that sings together, stays together.'"
At Candler, our REAL people have a REAL commitment to Christ, to the church, and to each other. Candler is grounded in the Christian faith and shaped by the Wesleyan tradition. We practice what we preach among ourselves, forming real community by listening, bridging gaps and working through issues together. Coming together in worship is a regular, intentional part of our faith formation and the core of our community. From Benedictine to Baptist, Anglican to Quaker, AME to UMC, worship is everywhere at Candler.
Adds Wilson, "Being part of a university means that I encounter many people from varied religious traditions. My individual prayer life has also been strengthened by having access to learn from and be inspired by the prayer practices of other religious traditions."