The Very Rev. Sam Candler, dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, is the featured preacher Easter Day, April 16, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.
Candler has been Dean of the Cathedral since October 1998. He was raised on a farm in Coweta County, Ga. He received his B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He graduated from Yale University Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, its Episcopal component, where he serves on the board of trustees. Candler has served churches in Marietta and Cumming, Ga. and in Summerville, S. C. Before coming to the Cathedral of St. Philip, he was dean of Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, S. C., from 1993-1998.
An amateur pianist, Candler had intended to become a jazz musician before he was called into the priesthood. He is a frequent teacher and preacher in the United States. He speaks regularly on the role of religion in matters of science and environmental sustainability. He is active in Atlanta's interfaith community and helped develop the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta.
“The Tomb Is a Tunnel,” Candler’s sermon for Easter Day is drawn from John 20:1-18. Candler describes a trip to Israel that featured exploration of tunnels, ancient and new. He says, “I am telling you all this, I am describing those rocky tunnels to you on Easter morning, because being in those tunnels felt like being in a rocky tomb.”
The program includes interviews with Candler conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer.
“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 72 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga.
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