Cannon Chapel

The school of theology is located on Emory University’s main campus in the Rita Anne Rollins building, the first phase of a new state-of-the-art complex for instruction and learning that features SMART room technology and the latest in sustainable building practices. The second phase houses the Pitts Theology Library, the Wesley Teaching Chapel, seminar rooms, and community gathering spaces. The entire complex has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the silver level for successfully meeting sustainability guidelines set by the US Green Building Council.

William R. Cannon Chapel and Religious Center

The William R. Cannon Chapel and Religious Center, dedicated in 1981, provides program, classroom, and worship space for the theology school, and worship space for multiple university faith communities. The chapel was designed by renowned American architect Paul Rudolph and named in honor of United Methodist bishop, former dean, and Candler faculty member William R. Cannon.

The chapel is set apart for the “celebration of worship and preaching the word, as well as for music, drama, and dance; a place of encounter with moral and social issues in the contemporary world; and a center for witness, education, mission, and renewal that in all things God may be glorified” (dedication ceremony, May 1981).

The building also houses the Emma McAfee Cannon Prayer Chapel within the spiritual formation space; the John W. Rustin teaching chapel; the D. W. Brooks Commons, the main gathering area for the community; rehearsal rooms and classrooms; and the Office of Worship.

For further information about chapel services for the theology school, contact Khalia J. Williams, assistant dean of worship and music, at 404.727.6153. For information about University Worship and other public events, call Sara McKlin at 404.727.6325.