September 17, 2001
Cannon Chapel raises curtain on 20th anniversary celebration
By Michael Terrazas
Cannon Chapel celebrates its 20th birthday this week, even in the wake
of the national tragedy that holds Emory, along with the rest of the country,
in a grip of sadness. But, according to Candler School of Theology Dean
Russell Richey, the horror that was Sept. 11, 2001, and its aftermath
afforded Emory the opportunity to learn just how crucial a space Cannon
In this academic year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cannon
Chapel; we celebrate its centrality in the life of Candler; we celebrate
its elasticity; we celebrate its place in Emory worship; we celebrate
its capacity to accommodate the arts, Richey said. All those
aspects or dimensions of its utility came into expression [Sept. 11].
The Candler communityfaculty, staff, studentsfollowed
the tragic events of the day together in Brooks Commons, Richey
continued. At 11 a.m., we convened for worship. In word, sacrament
and music, we found solace. Before and after the service, individuals
resorted to the sanctuary and side chapel for prayer. After the 5 p.m.
Glenn service, Emory students resorted to Brooks for quiet conversation
and refreshments. On occasions of such sorrow but also on more joyous
occasions, Cannon Chapel has a central place in Candlers life and
Designed by New York architect Paul Rudolph (whose father Keener Rudolph
was a member of Candlers first graduating class in 1915), Cannon
Chapel broke ground in August 1979then-President Jimmy Carter spoke
at the ceremonyand was officially consecrated in September 1981.
Under [Day Millers] leadership, Cannon becomes a space that
readily accommodates a rich Anglican rite one day, a joyous African American
service the next day, and the moving United Methodist eucharist the following,
said Richey, adding that the sanctuary is his favorite feature
Cannon Chapel is an organic, living and breathing center of Emory
University, said Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of the chapel and religious
life. The walls of Cannon Chapel now hold the voices of learned
and devoted professors and scholars; the prayers of peoples of many traditions
from around the world; the artistry of photographers, sculptors, painters
and weavers. It is indeed a building that has helped shape the future
of scholarship, art, culture, learning and
Thomas Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, will kick off the anniversary
celebration as the 2001 Whiteside Preacher in a service at 11 a.m., Sept.
20, in the Cannon sanctuary. At 1:30 p.m., Long will meet informally to
talk about his sermon of the morning. At 2:30 p.m., Carlton Young, professor
of church music emeritus, will deliver a lecture to be followed by discussion.
That night at 7:30 p.m., Bishop Othal Hawthorne Lakey of the Sixth Episcopal
District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will preach. He will
be joined by Don Saliers, Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and
Worship, as the celebrant. Timothy Albrecht, professor of church music
and University organist, will perform, and Marian Dolan, assistant professor
of church music and choral conducting, will lead the Candler Choraliers.
During this service, Young will introduce a new anthem setting and hymn,
Holtkamp, composed to honor the company that designed and
installed the Cannon Chapel organ.
The next morning on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m., Albrecht will lead a service
of singing and praise, as well as a demonstration of the Hardin Chapel
For more information on Cannon anniversary events, contact Day Miller at 404-727-6153 or send e-mail to email@example.com.