Baptist House of Studies

Roger Williams Decoded

Thursday, March 14, 2013

On April 1, members of a team from Brown University will give a presentation on their project to decode the work of Roger Williams.

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Baptist House Retreat Strengthens Bonds of Mentorship

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The retreat drew students and alumni to the Divinity School for fellowship and celebration of the Baptist House's 25th anniversary.


The 2013 Baptist House retreat Feb. 8-9 at the Divinity School was a time of fun, food, and fellowship that strengthened the bonds of mentorship between Duke Divinity School Baptists as well as the community that supports the Baptist House.

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"Roger Williams Decoded" Visual Presentation

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
0014 Westbrook
Callie Davis, 919-660-3599 or

The Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School and the Rubenstein Library of Duke University will sponsor a visual presentation by members of a team from Brown University that decoded the work of Roger Williams, who gathered the First Baptist Church in America and founded the colony of Rhode Island.

The speakers at the event, "Roger Williams Decoded," will be: Lucas Mason-Brown, an undergraduate mathematics student at Brown and the lead de-coder; Linford Fisher, assistant professor of history at Brown and main faculty supervisor to the project; and Stan Lemmons, retired professor of history at Rhode Island College and historian of the First Baptist Church of America.

In 2012, the team successfully deciphered the script of a small, leather-bound book that had been in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University for more than a century and also confirmed the authorship of Baptist trailblazer Williams.

Registration is not required for the public event but is recommended by contacting Callie Davis. Light refreshments will be served.

2013 Durham Pilgrimage

Friday, February 1, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, February 2, 2013 (All day)
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The Office of Black Church Studies and the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will lead a two-day pilgrimage throughout the city of Durham, N.C.

Divinity School students, faculty, and staff may participate on this spiritual journey of learning and understanding the importance of race relations and reconciliation.

Registration is required.

2012 Commissioning and Ministry Placement Workshop

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:15am to 1:30pm
0012 Westbrook
Cristina Comer at or (919) 660-3515

Duke Divinity School, the Methodist House of Studies and the Baptist House of Studies will sponsor the "2012 Commissioning and Ministry Placement Workshop" for individuals on the ordination track.

The workshop is geared toward third-year M.Div. students, although interested second- and first-year students may attend.

During the workshop, participants will be guided through information sessions on preparing for the commissioning process in the Wesleyan traditions, and how to interview and network in the Free Church traditions.

Registration is required.

Baptist House of Studies Alumni and Friends Gathering

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 6:30pm
York Reading Room
Callie Davis (

The Duke Divinity School Baptist House of Studies Board of Directors and the Baptist Alumni Network will host a fellowship dinner for alumni and friends in conjunction with Duke's Convocation and Pastors' School being held Oct. 15-16.

Although there will be no structured program at the dinner, opportunities will be offered to find and share common interests among attendees. The event will be catered by Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant. Attendees are invited to bring a spouse or guest. A donation of $10 for one or $18 per couple is requested. Appetizers and beverages will be served at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

Reservations required by Sept. 15 by contacting Callie Davis with the names of those attending, and the degree and year of graduation. Make checks payable to "Baptist House of Studies" with "Convocation and Pastors' School Gathering" in the memo line and mail to the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, Box 90966, Durham, N.C. 27708.

A separate registration should be made to attend Convocation and Pastors' School. The theme for this year's school will be "Form/Reform: Cultivating Christian Leaders." Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard J. Mouw, author Andy Crouch, theologian Sarah Coakley, and Baptist House alumnus and pastor Prince Raney Rivers will help participants explore the shaping of Christians for leadership in an increasingly diverse and evolving social landscape.

More information about Convocation and Pastors' School

"Black, White, and Baptist" Panel Discussion and Dinner Sponsored by Baptist House of Studies

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
York Reading Room, Duke Divinity Library
Callie Davis at (919) 660-3599 or

The Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will hold a dinner and a panel discussion, "Black, White, and Baptist" about issues of ethnicity and culture as they relate to Christian and denominational identities

Panelists will include M.Div. students, and professors Stephen Chapman and William Turner sharing their personal and ministerial stories about whether their ethnicities shaped their denominational identities, and how they see themselves and their ministries today. The goal is for attendees to learn from the panelists' experiences how to improve relationships with fellow Christians in their classrooms and congregations.