Center for Reconciliation

African Great Lakes Initiative Leadership Institute 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012 (All day) to Saturday, January 21, 2012 (All day)
Kampala, Uganda or (919) 660-3594

The Duke Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School will be a partner in hosting a five-day leadership institute in Kampala, Uganda, to offer participants an opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the most remarkable and dynamic Christian leaders in East Africa.

The first Great Lakes Initiative Leadership Institute was hosted in January 2011 by the Duke Center for Reconciliation along with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), World Vision International (WVI), and African Leadership and Reconciliaiton Ministries (ALARM) at Ggaba National Seminary in Kampala, Uganda. 

Read more about the 2011 institute.

Duke Center for Reconciliation Pilgrimage to Urban Ministries of Reconciliation

Saturday, March 3, 2012 (All day) to Thursday, March 8, 2012 (All day) or (919) 660-3578


The Duke Center for Reconciliation will lead a five-day immersion experience to urban communities striving to live as God's ambassadors of reconciliation.

The group of Duke Divinity School students and staff will share time and stories with members of the Sandtown neighborhood in Baltimore, Md., and the Richmond Hill community in Richmond, Va.

This is an opportunity to deepen theological and classroom learning with wisdom from community leaders who have life-long experience in reconciliation.

Seeing Hope, Even in North Korea

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
North Korea

Center for Reconciliation's Chris Rice visited the isolated nation.

When Chris Rice, director of the Center for Reconciliation, spent eight days in North Korea this past November, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream. Growing up in South Korea in the 1970s, Rice’s views of North Korea were colored by the pain of South Korean families divided from loved ones, the aftermath of the Korean war and the bitter political hostilities of the time, reports of breathtaking mountains, and the lack of any opportunity to engage with North Koreans.

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Applications Open for 2012 Summer Institute

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Apply now for “The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World,” May 28 – June 2, 2012.


The Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation is now accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Institute, “The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World,” to be held May 28 – June 2 on the campus of Duke University.

This one-of-a-kind, five-day intensive is designed to nourish, renew, and deepen the capacities of U.S. and international Christian leaders in the ministry of reconciliation, justice, and peace.

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Video from Reconcilers Weekend Available Now

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"The Future is Mestizo" featured Father Virgilio Elizondo and Kit Danley. Recordings are available through iTunes U.

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CANCELLED: Discussion on Christian Community Development Association Meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
031 Westbrook or (919) 660-3578

The following event has been cancelled:

The Duke Center for Reconciliation will hold an information and discussion session led by students who attended the recent Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Students will discuss the workshops  and plenary talks they attended, as well as ideas on applying the the concepts presented.

Beverages will be provided.

Duke Center for Reconciliation Spring Pilgrimage Information Session

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:20pm to 1:15pm
0012 Westbrook or (919) 660-3578

The Duke Center for Reconciliation will hold an information session on its spring pilgrimage to Baltimore, Md., and Richmond, Va., during the spring 2012 reading week. The pilgramage will expand participants' imagination of ministry on a journey of discipleship. Stories and photos of past pilgrimages will be shared at the information session. There also will be snacks and beverages.

Brown Bag Lunch with David Kasali of the Congo Initiative

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 12:25pm to 1:15pm
0041 Langford or (919) 660-3594;

The Duke Center for Reconciliation and Internationally-Minded People of Faith will co-host a brown bag lunch with Dr. David Kasali, president of the Congo Initiative and principal of the Bilingual Christian University of the Congo. The Christian educator teaches at the center's Great Lakes Institute each January in Uganda. Kasali will discuss founding the university, his community development work through the Congo Initiative, and the education of a new generation of Congolese leaders committed to God’s new creation as ambassadors of reconciliation after many years of civil war. 

Teaching Communities Field Education Internship Lunch

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
0013 Westbrook or (919) 660-3593

The Duke Center for Reconciliation will hold a Teaching Communities Field Education Internship Lunch for students to learn about about field education internships with communities and congregations that exemplify Christian reconciliation, peace-making, and social justice.

Placements include L'Arche in Washington, D.C., Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, Az., LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, Ill., The Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., and New Song Ministries in Baltimore, Md.

There will be free pizza at the luncheon.

Riak Joins Center for Reconciliation

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Abikök (“Abi”) Riak has been named manager of operations and programs for the center.


Abi RiakAbikök (“Abi”) Riak has been named manager of operations and programs in the Center for Reconciliation, effective Nov. 18. This new position is part of a planned restructuring and expansion of the center led by the center’s co-directors Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice and supported by a new foundation grant.

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