Women at Candler: Celebrating the Past, Claiming the Present, Creating the Future

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The Women, Theology, and Ministry program at the Candler School of Theology is excited to begin a year full of commemoration as we celebrate the centennial year of Candler’s founding. Candler is an institution where women have found their voice and mission in the world and, with the Women, Theology, and Ministry Program serving as the catalyst for transformative work, we are excited about celebrating our past triumphs, exploring the influences on women in ministry in the present day, and considering the challenges of our future.


Dr. Carol Newsom's current research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Wisdom tradition, the book of Daniel, and apocalyptic literature. She recently served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a senior fellow at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

This year’s WTM Annual Women’s Forum, "Celebrating the Past, Claiming the Present, Creating the Future," will open up with Dr. Newsom's reflections on the last fifty years of Candler as women made their mark on the institution in meaningful and impactful ways.

Teresa Fry Brown

Dr. Teresa Fry Brown's research interests include homiletics,
womanism, womanist ethics, socio-cultural transformation, and African diaspora history focusing on African American spiritual values. She is a Professor of Homiletics and Director of Black Church Studies.In 2010, she became the first African American woman to attain the rank of full professor at Candler.

Dr. Fry-Brown will propel the conversation into the future with considerations for the kinds of challenges and contributions women of color face in theological education and ministry.

A panel of current students and Candler women alumni will explore the ways in which faith and culture influence today’s work. Former faculty, alumni, and friends of the WTM Program will receive a save the date for the day's events in the coming months! An abbreviated schedule is below.

Friday, November 7
Celebrating the Past: Fifty Years of Women at Candler School of Theology
Speaker: Dr. Carol Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology
"Claiming Our Call" Luncheon: Influencing the Present: Panel of Current Students and Alumni
Challenges for the Future: Contributions and Challenges for African American Women in Theological Education and Ministry
Speaker: Dr. Teresa Fry-Brown, Professor of Homiletics and Director of Black Church Studies, Candler School of Theology
Book signing