Lifelong Learning

Study Leave for Ministry Professionals

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, October 3, 2014 - 5:00pm
Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host a session of Study Leave for Ministry Professionals. Christian institutional leaders and pastors of all traditions who want to spend a week immersed in learning and renewal through self-directed study, worship, and prayer on the Duke University campus may register to attend. Study Leave is offered multiple times annually.

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Study Leave for Ministry Professionals

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, September 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host a session of Study Leave for Ministry Professionals. Christian institutional leaders and pastors of all traditions who want to spend a week immersed in learning and renewal through self-directed study, worship, and prayer on the Duke University campus may register to attend. Study Leave is offered multiple times annually.

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Study Leave for United Methodist Full Connection Candidates

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, September 12, 2014 - 5:00pm
Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host a special session of Study Leave for provisional elders in the United Methodist Church. This session will be offered in conjunction with the United Methodist Full Connection Seminar. Participants will begin the week with a seminar on the topics for ordination papers, and then follow with time to write and reflect. Faculty and staff will be available for assistance and feedback.

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2014 Convocation on the Rural Church

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 8:00am to Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 5:00pm
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host the 2014 Convocation on the Rural Church, an annual opportunity for pastors from the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church to join with Duke Divinity School and The Duke Endowment to discuss issues important in transforming rural churches and communities, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Participants will join in worship, plenary sessions, conversation, and Sabbath. The theme of this year’s event is “Sabbath Living.” Facilitators will be Matthew Sleeth, author of 24/6: Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, and Nancy Sleeth, author of Almost Amish.

This family-friendly event is funded by The Duke Endowment. To attend, participants must serve a church that is eligible to receive grants from the endowment. The application will be available online in mid-March. The application deadline is April 18.

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2014-2015 Institute of Preaching Retreat III

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 5:00pm
St. Simons Island, Ga.
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host the Institute of Preaching, a nine-month program of three retreats designed to help clergy from the Florida and Western North Carolina conferences of the United Methodist Church improve their preaching.

During each retreat, participants will hear from recognized authorities on preaching (both practitioners and Duke faculty) and also work with other participants in small peer groups, discussing their ministries and reviewing each other's sermons. All full-time elders and local pastors serving in either conference are eligible to apply.

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2014-2015 Institute of Preaching Retreat II

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 8:00am to Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 5:00pm
Lutz, Fla.
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host the Institute of Preaching, a nine-month program of three retreats designed to help clergy from the Florida and Western North Carolina conferences of the United Methodist Church improve their preaching.

During each retreat, participants will hear from recognized authorities on preaching (both practitioners and Duke faculty) and also work with other participants in small peer groups, discussing their ministries and reviewing each other's sermons. All full-time elders and local pastors serving in either conference are eligible to apply.

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2014-2015 Institute of Preaching Retreat I

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8:00am to Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 5:00pm
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host the Institute of Preaching, a nine-month program of three retreats designed to help clergy from the Florida and Western North Carolina conferences of the United Methodist Church improve their preaching.

During each retreat, participants will hear from recognized authorities on preaching (both practitioners and Duke faculty) and also work with other participants in small peer groups, discussing their ministries and reviewing each other's sermons. All full-time elders and local pastors serving in either conference are eligible to apply.

Learn more or apply

‘Paul through Ancient and Modern Eyes’ Mini-Conference (Part 2)

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
0014 Westbrook Building
Becka Breibart-White, becka.breibart-white@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host the second and final day of a mini-conference on “Paul through Ancient and Modern Eyes” to celebrate and discuss the work of scholars Patout Burns and Robin Jensen on Paul in early Christianity.

The second day of the free conference will begin with a presentation, “Ancient and Modern Readers of Romans,” by Richard Hays, dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, and Douglas Campbell, associate professor of New Testament, both of the Divinity School. It will be followed by a response by Burns and a question and answer session.

The March 27-28 conference will conclude with a presentation, “Romans and Church History” with David Fink, assistant professor of religion at Furman University; Robert Wilken, professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Virginia, and Sujin Pak, assistant research professor of the history of Christianity and associate dean for academic programs, and Warren Smith, associate professor of historical theology, both of the Divinity School.

Divinity School faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the conference. No registration is required.

More information on the first day’s events

‘Paul through Ancient and Modern Eyes’ Mini-Conference (Part 1)

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm
0012 Westbrook Building
Becka Breibart-White, becka.breibart-white@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will host a two-day mini-conference on “Paul through Ancient and Modern Eyes” to celebrate and discuss the work of scholars Patout Burns and Robin Jensen on Paul in early Christianity.

The first day of the free conference will involve a presentation by Jensen, professor of the history of Christian art and worship at Vanderbilt University, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The presentation will include a response from Susan Eastman, associate professor of the practice of Bible and Christian formation, and director of the Doctor of Theology program at Duke Divinity School. It will conclude with a question and answer session.

The second day of the March 27-28 event will involve a presentation by Burns, professor of Christian thought at Washington University in St. Louis, and other events.

Divinity School faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the mini-conference. No registration is required.

More information on the second day’s events

50th Anniversary "Reflections on C.S. Lewis" Lecture with Robert MacSwain

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
0012 Westbrook Building
stilley@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3539

The Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will hold an evening lecture on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of author and scholar C.S. Lewis.

The lecture, “Rational and Imaginative Persuasion: Reflections on C.S. Lewis on the 50th Anniversary of His Death,” will be presented by the Rev. Robert MacSwain, assistant professor of theology and Christian ethics at the School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of The South, and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. 

During the public lecture, MacSwain will address Lewis' past and current success in persuasively communicating the basic content of the Christian faith to millions of readers; why he so sharply polarizes readers; and what, if anything, can be appropriated from Lewis a half century after his death.

No registration required.

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