Practical Peacebuilding

New York, New York
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Candler School of Theology
Emory University, Atlanta

Candler School of Theology prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world. 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 the 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 an enrollment of nearly 500 students representing 46 denominations and more than 7,500 alumni worldwide. Website

The General Theological Seminary
New York City

The General Theological Seminary educates and forms transformational leaders for the church and for the world. Founded in 1817 as the first theological seminary of The Episcopal Church, General Seminary embodies the belief that rigorous academics, vibrant worship, and beloved life in community are inseparable aspects of formation for all ministries of Christ's church. General Seminary's students, who include future clergy, parish leaders, chaplains, spiritual directors, scholars, and justice advocates, benefit from not only the integration of study, worship, holistic spirituality, and the support of the seminary community, but also the unique urban setting that is New York City and the seminary's ties with the wider Anglican Communion. General Seminary is also home to learning centers that enhance a student's experience, including the Center for Christian Spirituality and the Desmond Tutu Center, whose educational programs, special lectures, and international conferences honor the peacebuilding legacy of this renowned Anglican archbishop and exemplar in the ministry of reconciliation. Website

Program Leaders

Dr. Luther E. Smith Jr.
Professor of Church and Community
Candler School of Theology

Dr. Smith has written numerous articles and speaks extensively on issues of church and society, congregational renewal, Christian spirituality, and the thought of Howard Thurman. His current research focuses on the writings and correspondence of Howard Thurman, advocacy on behalf of children, and a spirituality of hope. Dr. Smith is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. In 2009, Dr. Smith received the Phillips School of Theology "Bishops Thomas Hoyt and Paul Stewart Institutional Ministry Award for Outstanding Service to the Ministry of Academics."  In 2010, he was the recipient of Emory University's "2010 Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award," which is given "in recognition of the important role of classroom teaching in classroom teaching in collegiate and graduate education."

Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics & Conflict Transformation
Candler School of Theology

Dr. Marshall focuses on contemporary Christian ethics. She is particularly interested in issues of violence and peacemaking, ethical questions in literature and film, and the dynamic relationship between faith, history and ethics. Dr. Marshall has 13 years of experience teaching conflict transformation and religious peacebuilding, and she worked with the refugee resettlement programs of Church World Service and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. The author/editor of three books, she served as the lead writer for God's Renewed Creation, a 2009 pastoral letter and foundation document for the United Methodist Church Council of Bishops.  In 2011, Dr. Marshall received the Eagle's Wings Excellence in Teaching Award for "faithful and dedicated service" by vote of the Candler Class of 2011.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • $495 Tuition
    This fee covers the cost of all sessions, transportation for site excursions, keynote dinner, closing luncheon, and afternoon snack breaks. Lodging and other meal costs are separate.

    Limited partial tuition scholarships are available. You may request to be considered for a scholarship on the "Personal Information" section of the registration form.

    Tuition must be paid in full by credit card at the time of registration even if you are requesting to be considered for a scholarship. If you are selected, you will receive a partial tuition refund.

    $10 CEU Processing Fee
    Continuing Education Units are available for this program. You may select to receive CEUs on the "Agenda" section of the registration form.

    Registration Deadline:
    November 15, 2012

    Space is limited, register today!




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