You find them working tirelessly in the most challenging divides in the world: Christian/Muslim violence in Nigeria; overcrowded and unjust prisons worldwide; broken inner cities in the U.S.; and environmental destruction caused by industrialization in Buffalo, N.Y.
While the individual details may have been different, people from across the world who gathered at the Duke Center for Reconciliation’s Summer Institute shared the same story while seeking inspiration and a deeper understanding of reconciliation.
This year’s institute, “The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World,” drew about 120 participants to Duke Divinity School from 24 states and 15 countries including Rwanda, Kenya, Australia, Poland, Russia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nigeria.
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The Duke Center for Reconciliation's fifth annual Reconcilers Weekend Conference will feature Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at Notre Dame, and Kit Danley, founder of Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, Ariz.
The reconciliation conference, "The Future Is Mestizo: Communities of New Creation at the Borders of Separation," is designed specifically for congregational leaders, seminarians and anyone who loves the church. It brings a leading practitioner and a leading theologian, each dedicated to a life of Christian reconciliation, to share their stories and wisdom at Duke Divinity School.
Participants will have the opportunity to discover what it means to follow a Savior who was considered a child of an unknown father and who broke down ethnic and cultural boundaries. They will explore how this mixed-heritage mestizo Jesus is calling people into a new human family based on love of God and love of neighbor.
“We are the LRA. We want to talk to you.”
It was this text message received on the 10th of July 2002 that became a point of no return for Archbishop Odama of Uganda.
An artists’ reception for “Places of Redemption,” the Divinity School’s 2011 Juried Arts Exhibit, will be held Thursday, April 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Bovender Terrace outside the Refectory Café.
The community is invited to meet the artists while enjoying live music, poetry, performance art, and refreshments. The rain date for the reception is April 12.
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The Duke Divinity School Dean’s Office and the Duke Center for Reconciliation will sponsor “The Second Coming of World Christianity,” a public lecture by Andrew Walls, the world renowned mission historian, professor emeritus at Edinburgh University, and founder of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the non-Western World (Edinburgh, Scotland). Beverages will be provided.
For more information, contact Emmanuel Katongole, associate professor and co-director of the reconciliation center.
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The Duke Center for Reconciliation and the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies are co-sponsoring a brown bag lunch with the Rev. Pie Ntukamazina, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bujumbura in Burundi, East Africa. The bishop has worked closely with various peace and justice initiatives in East Africa, including the Peace and Justice Network in the Anglican Communion (1994-2010) and Peace Center-Giramahoro. Currently lecturing as dean of the faculty of theology at Light University of Bujumbura, he remains involved with the reconciliation center's African Great Lakes Initiative. Beverages and pizza will be provided.
When Virginia Tech senior Bryan Carey heard that Chris Heuertz would be speaking at Reconcilers Weekend, he signed up for the two-day conference hosted at Duke Divinity School.
Carey, 24, wanted a space to continue thinking through the life that God may be calling him to after graduation, and he welcomed the opportunity to hear from those who had gone before him.
Jaylynn Byassee is redefining her role as Minister of Adult Discipleship and Witness at her church.
Byassee said that when she began working at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church this summer, she believed a big part of her role was to help her congregants engage in the Durham community and to “figure out what we can do for the homeless and for the poor.”