Office of Student Programming

The Hub of Community Life at Candler School of Theology

Candler’s Office of Student Programming strives to nurture the development of students as whole persons, spiritually, socially and intellectually, by providing programs and services that support the academic mission of the school.We seek to sustain student organizations that enhance and enrich the community by celebrating diversity and fostering an ethos of hospitality, understanding, and respect within the Candler community.

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Life at Candler

New Student Orientation

Life at Candler begins with Orientation. As a new student, you'll hear from us this summer about everything you need to get off to a good start at Candler, including registration for classes. 

Students Create Life at Candler

The Office of Student Programming (OSP) is staffed almost entirely by students. Our staff plan events, programs, enrichment opportunities, and provide other services to enhance community life. We're always looking for creative and energetic students to join our team.

The Candler Chronicle

The Chronicle, an online outlet for community news, is the primary way that we communicate with the Candler community about upcoming events and opportunities. 

Student Organizations

The Candler Coordinating Council (C3) is Candler's student government. Student organizations at Candler, funded by student activity fees, offer space for students to engage in spiritual, cultural, and social development with their peers. 

International Student Resources

Candler Offers student resources such as conversation partners, talk time with Dean Love, and C3 organizations for international students. 

Academic Development & Support

Candler Offers a variety of programs and resources to help students meet the demands of the classroom 

Writing Workshops

These monthly workshops focus on a variety of writing and academic skills such as managing your reading load or preparing for an exegesis paper. 

One-On-One Writing Consultations

These 30-minute sessions are a time for students to gather feedback on their writing assignments. The consultation can focus on idea generation, writing composition, or grammar and punctuation. 

Leadership Development Fund

Candler offers financial support for student attendance at professional conferences and events offered by other organizations.

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Spiritual Formation

Candler students engage in spiritual formation through participation in worship, experiences in Contextual Education, activities with diverse student groups, and individuals practices or disciplines

Spiritual Formation Room

Cannon Chapel 106 is a quiet place for prayer, meditation and reflection, complete with a labyrinth and meditation cushions. Students are welcome to come any time. 

Small Group Opportunities

During particular seasons of the church year, such as Advent and Lent, students may participate in a weekly small group, meditate at prayer stations and engage in special practices that enhance self-awareness, awareness of the holy, and accountability to others. 

Retreats and Quiet Days

During fall and spring breaks, students may attend a free retreat away from campus that invites them to experience sustained silence and spiritual direction. Shorter "quiet days" are offered on campus for students who are unable to participate in longer retreats.

Individual Retreats and Spiritual Direction

Candler Students also may choose to take time for personal retreats or to explore and discern with a trained spiritual director. Students who want to learn more are encouraged to talk with Assistant Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Formation Ellen Purdum, who can listen and help connect them to appropriate places and people.