Lifelong Learning

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.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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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.

Convocation & Pastors' School Recordings

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Audio and images from the 2013 event, "Renewing the Church," are online.

Audio from the 2013 Convocation & Pastors’ School: Renewing the Church is now online on iTunesU.

The Oct. 14-15 event explored the ways in which thriving Christian communities are meeting the deep needs of the world and in the process breathing new life into the church.

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Cultivate Space for God's Spirit

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Monday, July 29, 2013
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2013 Convocation

The 2013 Convocation & Pastors' School will explore ways Christian communities are breathing new life into the church. Register today.

Duke Divinity School’s annual Convocation & Pastors’ School will return Oct. 14-15, featuring lectures by renowned scholars and practitioners, seminars that foster in-depth discussion, worship services, and the opportunity to reconnect with friends and faculty. 

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2013 WNCC Elders' Retreat

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 1:30pm to Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:00pm
Lake Junaluska, N.C.
Duke Divinity School, (919) 613-5323 or events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School will again host the annual gathering of the Western North Carolina Conference Elders' Retreat to celebrate the connection of elders in the WNC conference of the United Methodist Church. The theme of this year's retreat is "Holiness and the Renewal of Ministry."

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Photo Submissions Needed for Mosaic

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Divinity School seeks images of Christian life for collaborative art project, part of the 2013 Convocation & Pastors' School.

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Congregations, students and individuals representing a diverse array of Christian organizations are invited to participate in a collaborative art project, “Renewing the Church,” to be featured at the 2013 Convocation & Pastors’ School, October 14-15 at Duke Divinity School.

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Summoned Toward Wholeness: A Conference on Food, Farming, and the Life of Faith

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 8:30am to Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 9:00pm
Duke Divinity School
Duke Divinity School at events@div.duke.edu

Duke Divinity School, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Blessed Earth, and Anathoth Community Garden will host "Summoned Toward Wholeness: A Conference on Food, Farming, and the Life of Faith." This two-day conference features plenary speakers Ellen F. Davis, Joel Salatin, Scott Cairns, and Matthew Sleeth, as well as 12 workshop leaders. Join them as they explore multiple connections between food, farming, and the life of faith.

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Foundations of Christian Leadership Session IV (Residential)

Monday, September 9, 2013 (All day) to Thursday, September 12, 2013 (All day)
Duke Divinity School
Leadership Education at leadership@div.duke.edu

Leadership Education at Duke Divinity will host a session of Foundations of Christian Leadership to help leaders cultivate institutions and congregations. Twenty participants will meet twice in person and three times online over seven months to explore their gifts; grow in effective, strategic, and theologically wise leadership; and examine what it means to be a Christian leader in a Christian organization.

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