Center for Reconciliation

The Future Is Mestizo: Communities of New Creation at the Borders of Separation

Friday, September 16, 2011 (All day) to Saturday, September 17, 2011 (All day)
Duke Divinity School
(919) 660-3578 or

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.

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Bishop of the Village: Ugandan Archbishop Odama’s living witness

Friday, May 13, 2011

Archbishop Odama stepped into violence and suffering as a witness for reconciliation in Uganda, where he has become a critical voice in engaging the Lord’s Resistance Army and advocating for peace.


“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.

Artists' Reception Planned April 7

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The reception will celebrate "Places of Redemption," the school's 2011 Juried Arts Exhibit, now on display through May 16.


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. "Lines in the Sand," by Eric Prenshaw, D'11

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“The Second Coming of World Christianity” Public Lecture with Andrew Walls

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
0012 Westbrook or (919) 660-3478

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.

Brown Bag Lunch with Bishop Pie Ntukamazina of Burundi

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
0015 Westbrook
Gann Herman at

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.


Top Stories of Reconciliation

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Center for Reconciliation would like to share 10 of the top stories of reconciliation from the past year—stories of lament and truth-telling, as well as stories of redemption and hope.


Reconciliation for Broken People

Monday, December 6, 2010

Read and watch the story of Bryan Carey, a senior at Virginia Tech and a participant in “Reconcilers Weekend,” hosted by the Center for Reconciliation, as he discerns his calling to peacemaking and justice.


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.

We are all in this Together

Jaylynn Byassee, describes her congregation’s journey from “helping the poor” to pursuing friendship with the poor
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rev. Jaylynn Byassee, minister at Duke Memorial United Methodist in Durham, N.C., describes her congregation’s journey from “helping the poor” to pursuing friendship with the poor.


ByasseeJaylynn 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.”

Growing into a Calling

Tolu Sosanya shares her transformation from apathy to passion as a student at the Center for Reconciliation
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tolu Sosanya (D’09) shares her transformation from apathy to passion as a student at the Center for Reconciliation. Sosanya now works at New Song Urban Ministries in community development.


When Tolu Sosanya came to Duke Divinity School, she wasn’t interested in the ministry of reconciliation. But her focus shifted after she spent two summers interning with New Song Urban Ministries — a ministry with the mission to “love God and love your neighbor.” New Song seeks to fulfill this mission through providing weekly worship services, affordable housing, quality education, job placements and other services to build up the Sandtown community located in West Baltimore.

Mirror to the Church

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christians will read this book about the failure of Christianity in Rwanda with both “tears of lament and as a call to be witnesses to the gospel.” Mark Gornik reviews Mirror to the Church.