Short-term courses and seminars promoting a deeper understanding of faith issues are being offered this fall by Emory Universitys Candler School of Theology. The courses, held on evenings or weekends, are conducted through the schools Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute (LTI).
Taught by Candler faculty, courses are geared for a lay audience and designed to provide personal growth regardless of religious or academic background. Several of the courses meet once a week for five to six weeks, while others span Friday evenings and Saturdays. Courses, instructors, dates and sites include:
o The Early Prophets: Amos and Hosea. A course on the mysterious and passionate scriptures that communicate complex perspectives on the relationships between God and Gods people. Led by John H. Hayes, professor of Old Testament, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 18, Room 304, Bishops Hall, Candler School of Theology, Emory campus. Cost: $40 before Sept. 1; $45 after Sept. 1.
o Theology of Sacraments: What Do Baptism and the Lords Supper Mean? A discussion of the mystery and meaning of these sacraments as understood in various traditions. Led by Theodore Runyon, professor of systematic theology emeritus, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 25-Oct. 30, Room 212, Bishops Hall, Candler School of Theology, Emory campus. Cost: $40 before Sept. 1; $45 after Sept. 1.
o The Sacred Harp: God, the Land and the People in Song. These six sessions on The Sacred Harp tune book, published in Georgia in 1844, include "a lot of singing." Led by Steven Darsey, director of music, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 15-Nov. 19, Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers Street, Covington, Ga.. Cost: $35.
o A Spiritual Journey: Augustines "Confessions." Led by Bill Mallard, professor of church history emeritus, Friday evening through mid-day Saturday, Nov.2-3, Embry Hills United Methodist Church, 3304 Henderson Mill Rd., Chamblee. Cost: $40 before Sept. 1; $45 after Sept. 1.
o The Letters of James. Led by Walter Wilson, assistant professor of New Testament, along with Candler students. Friday evening through mid-day Saturday, Nov. 9-10, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta. Cost: $40 before Sept. 1; $45 after Sept. 1.
Candler also will host an intensive, two-day seminar on "Reading Scripture for Transformation," led by acclaimed biblical scholar Luke Timothy Johnson, Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian origins and author of "The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation" (1986, 1998) and "Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel" (1999). The seminar will be held Thursday evening through mid-day Saturday, Oct. 18-20, at the Timber Ridge Conference Center, 20 miles west of Atlanta. Cost is $125, excluding room and board.
For more information about continuing education at Candler, call 404-727-4587; e-mail email@example.com; or check the web site at www.emory.edu/CANDLER/OCME.
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