Theology and the Arts

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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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Professor Roger Lundin Named DITA Visiting Scholar

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lundin will be at Duke Divinity School during the 2014 spring semester.

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Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA) has announced the appointment of Professor Roger Lundin as the initiative's first Visiting Scholar in Residence. Professor Lundin will be at Duke Divinity School for the 2014 spring semester. A prolific author and speaker, he is currently the Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

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Theology "Unplugged"

Dean's Songwriters Series is launched
Monday, March 25, 2013

The Dean's Songwriters Series launched March 20 with American folk singers and songwriters Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis.

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On March 20, Duke Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays launched the Dean's Songwriters Series with a day of events featuring American folk singers and songwriters Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis. The events included an exclusive "unplugged" lunch concert and dicussion with Divinity School students and staff, and a full-length evening concert open to the community. Dean Hays also performed with the artists.

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Beyond "Creativity"

Expanding the Intersection of Theology and the Imagination
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On March 5, DITA welcomed James K. A. Smith to give the 2013 lecture in the Distinguished Lectures In Theology and the Arts series.

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On March 5 DITA welcomed James K. A. Smith to give the 2013 lecture in the "Distinguished Lectures In Theology and the Arts" series.

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Dean's Songwriter Series Brown-Bag Lunch with Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
0012 Westbrook
zkoons@div.duke.edu

The Dean's Office at Duke Divinity School will host a brown-bag lunch concert with legendary songwriter Pierce Pettis and his daughter, acclaimed musician Grace Pettis.

Pierce Pettis is a folk artist who has released nine albums. Both he and his daughter have won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival. The pair will will play a short collection of songs interspersed with conversation and interview questions from Dean Richard B. Hays.

The free concert is open to the Divinity School community. Registration is not required.

Dean's Songwriter Series Features Concert with Pierce Pettis and Grace Pettis

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:30pm
Alumni Memorial Common Room
zkoons@div.duke.edu

The first concert in the Dean's Songwriter Series at Duke Divinity School will feature legendary singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis and his daughter, acclaimed musician Grace Pettis. The free concert is open to the community.

The aim of the series sponsored by Divinity School Dean Richard Hays is to invite songwriters whose work expresses Christian faith to perform at the school, engage in conversation about their craft of songwriting, and reflect on the themes articulated in the poetry of their lyrics.

Pierce Pettis, who has released nine albums, and his daughter Grace typify the American folk tradition. Both he and his daughter have won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

The elder Pettis is known for his thoughtful, poetic lyrics, as well as his earnest, warm voice. He was a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s, and has been writing and releasing solo albums ever since. His latest is titled “That Kind of Love” (2009). His daughter has released two albums and has received numerous accolades in her career, including being awarded Best Song honors on NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest for “Nine to Five Girl.” Her second album, “Two Birds,” was released last September (2012).

 

"Engaging Eliot" Events Celebrate Art and Faith

Monday, February 11, 2013

A visual and musical celebration of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets featured art, music, and lectures.

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On Jan. 28, Duke Initiatives in Theology and Arts (DITA) premiered QU4RTETS, a visual and musical celebration of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, in Duke Chapel.

A multifaceted engagement of art and faith, the opening night featured a display of 16 original works by painters Bruce Herman and Makoto Fujimura; a performance of “At the Still Point,” a quintet by Christopher Theofanidis commissioned for the event; and lectures by the artists. 

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"Beyond 'Creativity': Expanding the Intersection of Theology and the Imagination" Lecture with James K.A. Smith

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
0016 Westbrook Building
joelle.hathaway@gmail.com

The Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts will present a public lecture by James K.A. Smith offering a philosophical account of the imagination and drawing on the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty.

Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. He also serves as editor of Comment magazine and is a senior fellow for The Colossian Forum on Faith, Science and Culture.

Smith will explore how a less romantic understanding of imagination can yield new frontiers for engagement between theology and the arts by drawing from his own work, including his two-volume Cultural Liturgies series project, Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

There will be an audience question and answer session after the lecture.

No registration required.

DITA Brown-Bag Lunch Discussion with James K.A. Smith

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm
0014 Westbrook Building
joelle.hathaway@gmail.com

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts at Duke Divinity School will host a brown-bag lunch discussion with James K.A. Smith, author of Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom.

He will provide an overview of his Cultural Liturgies book series, a project which examines desire and imagination through their liturgical formation and possibilities, during this public discussion. 

Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. He also serves as editor of Comment magazine and is a senior fellow for The Colossian Forum on Faith, Science and Culture.

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