News Release: Religion and Ethics

Jun. 14,  2010

Candler School of Theology Receives Gift From Dunwoody Church

Candler School of Theology at Emory University has received a gift from Dunwoody United Methodist Church to support the construction of Phase II of Candler's building program. The church's gift will underwrite a study area in the future space.

B. Wiley Stephens, a 1965 graduate of Candler and senior pastor of Dunwoody UMC, says the gift reinforces a long relationship between the church and Candler.

"With only one exception since we have been our own church, all of our senior pastors and most of our staff have been Candler graduates. The vast majority of our students going into the ministry have gone to Candler, so we see Candler as the cradle of our ministry," Stephens says. "We see Candler as a partner in ministry and we continue to benefit from the people it produces."

The small group study area the church is sponsoring will be located in the new Pitts Theology Library and will include seating and tables for students to collaborate on group projects. The area will be equipped with a large flat-panel monitor and other technology to facilitate group learning.

Candler continues to raise funds to support the 63,600-square-foot Phase II of its building project, which will house the Wesley Teaching Chapel and the Pitts Theology Library. Phase I of the project was completed in 2008 and includes 65,000 square feet of offices, meeting space, and classrooms. When finished, phases I and II will be connected by a glass-enclosed atrium.

The new Candler School of Theology building will enhance a "religion corridor" on Emory University's Quadrangle that includes Cannon Chapel, Emory's Graduate Division of Religion, and the Department of Religion in Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

"Candler's presence at the heart of the Emory campus signifies the university's continuing recognition of faith as an integral part of a life of inquiry and service. This generous gift from the people of Dunwoody United Methodist Church strengthens our ability to inspire our students' minds and empower them for ministry," says Candler Dean Jan Love.

The gift is part of Campaign Emory, a $1.6 billion fundraising endeavor that combines private support and Emory's people, places, and programs to make a powerful contribution to the world. Investments through Campaign Emory fuel efforts to address fundamental challenges: transforming health and healing, gaining ground in science and technology, resolving conflict, harnessing the power of the arts, and educating the heart and mind.

Candler School of Theology, Emory University, is an intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology. Its mission is to educate faithful and creative leaders for the church's ministries in the world. Candler is dedicated to expanding knowledge of religion and theology, deepening spiritual life, strengthening the public witness of churches, and building upon the breadth of Christian traditions, particularly the Wesleyan heritage, for the positive transformation of church and world. It is one of 13 United Methodist Church seminaries, with more than 500 students representing 50 denominations and more than 7,000 alumni worldwide.

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