011115 - DECATUR, GA -- The Holy Bible (left), the Holy Qur'an (center) and Tanakh the Holy Scriptures. Books are Courtesy of Pitts Theology Library of Emory University. File photos

Emory conference focuses on preparing the next generation of ministers

Four diverse  religious voices will explore  the  practices of vibrant faith communities during a free public interfaith panel discussion at Emory’s Candler School of Theology.

The panel will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday in the university’s Cannon Chapel. 

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Panelists include Abdullah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University; author, speaker and scholar Diana Butler Bass; and author, speaker and activist Brian McLaren. 

Robert M. Franklin Jr.

Robert M. Franklin Jr., Candler’s Laney Professor of Moral Leadership, will moderate the panel. 

 The event is open to the public, with no registration required. . 

 The event is part of a three-day conference observing  15 years of Emory’s Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology. 

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One of the central points of the conference is the question: “Who will prepare the next generation of ministers?” 

 The initiative focuses on educating a new generation of teachers and researchers—those who will prepare future ministers.

The discussion also will be available to view via live stream

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