Thriving Rural Communities

Thriving Rural Communities Colloquium: 'Rest in the Storm' with Brad Thie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:20pm to 1:30pm
0013 Westbrook Building
bthie@div.duke.edu

The Thriving Rural Communities (TRC) initiative at Duke Divinity School will hold a Rural Colloquium on "Rest in the Storm" presented by Brad Thie, TRC director. He will share practical ideas for students on navigating  times of transition, as well as how to enter into the rest of God in the midst of the storms of change.

No registration is necessary. A free lunch will be provided.

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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TRC Colloquium on 'Understanding Your Community'

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:20pm to 1:30pm
0013 Westbrook Building
bthie@div.duke.edu

Thriving Rural Communities at Duke Divinity School will hold a colloquium on "Understanding Your Community" with speaker John Coggin, principal gift officer for the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI). In his interactive presentation, Coggin will share how to access information that is valuable for pastors to better understand the communities they serve.

Attendees are asked to bring their laptop or a notebook. Lunch will be provided.

No registration is required.

TRC Colloquium on 'The Tie That Binds: Clergy Mentoring'

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:20pm to 1:30pm
0015 Westbrook Building
Brad Thie at bthie@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3423

Thriving Rural Communities at Duke Divinity School will host a colloquium, "The Tie That Binds: Clergy Mentoring," with the Rev. Mark Conforti, pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Morganton, N.C.

No registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Path to the Pulpit

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Path to the Pulpit

Brad Thie, new director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, shares his journey from the business world to the ministry.

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“Scriptural Imagination: A Latino Perspective” with Professor Pablo Andiñach of Argentina

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:20pm to 1:30pm
0015 Westbrook Building
irmillan@div.duke.edu, (919) 660-3545

The Hispanic House of Studies and Thriving Rural Communities at Duke Divinity School will sponsor a colloquium, “Scriptural Imagination: A Latino Perspective,” featuring Pablo Andiñach, a Methodist pastor and professor of Old Testament at University Institute ISEDET in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

No registration is necessary. Lunch will be provided.

"Rethinking Christian Leadership: Martyrdom as Model of Ministry Excellence" Colloquium with Ismael Ruiz-Millán

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 12:20pm to 1:30pm
0014 Westbrook Building
bthie@div.duke.edu, (919) 660-3423

The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative and the Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will sponsor a  colloquium, "Rethinking Christian Leadership: Martyrdom as Model of Ministry Excellence" by Ismael Ruiz-Millán, director of the Hispanic House of Studies

No registration is necessary. Lunch will be provided.

Thriving Rural Communities Initiative Colloquium: "A Sabbath: A Matter of Life or Death"

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 12:20pm
0013 Westbrook Building
bthie@div.duke.edu(919)660-3423)

The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School will sponsor a colloquium featuring Norman Wirzba, professor of theology and ecology at the school, speaking on the “Sabbath:  A Matter of Life and Death.”

Lunch will be provided. No registration required.

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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TRC Partner Church Rhems UMC Helps Refugees

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A new fellowship center at TRC partner church Rhems UMC in New Bern, N.C. will be used to teach dozens of Burmese refugees.

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