Nearly 200 people gathered for the 2012 Convocation on the Rural Church to celebrate the tradition of rural ministry and plan for its future. The keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. Elaine A. Heath, inspired the group with a vision that captures the wisdom and vitality of the early church and translates it for practice in today's congregations.
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Duke Divinity School will hold a service of Word and Table with Jeremy Troxler, director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at the school, preaching. Chaplain Sally Bates will celebrate, and the Praise Team will sing.
This service will include a blessing of the student pastors.
Rural Ministry Colloquium, "A Charge to Keep: Faithful Ministry on a Multi-Point Charge" with Rev. Clay Smith
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The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative of Duke Divinity School will sponsor a practical Rural Ministry Colloquium on "A Charge to Keep: Faithful Ministry on a Multi-Point Charge," led by the Rev. Clay Smith, former president and CEO of Hinton Rural Life Center.
The colloquium is designed to prepare Divinity Students for the unique realities of pastoral ministry among multiple congregations, and to provide them with insights that will make them more faithful and effective leaders of multi-point charges.
A free lunch will be provided. No registration is required. Anyone is welcome to attend.
York Reading Room, Duke Divinity Library
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The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, the Hispanic House of Studies, and Student Action With Farmworkers will sponsor a practical workshop, “Responses of Reconciliation: Moving from Xenophobia to Philoxenia Within the Church,” designed to help rural church leaders respond faithfully to prejudiced attitudes in the church towards immigrant communities.
Participants will reflect upon ministry case studies drawn from real-life experience and will talk together about specific Christian responses that invite others to move from a mindset of resentment to the ministry of reconciliation.
Anyone is welcome to participate, and no registration is necessary. A free lunch will be available for first 50 participants.
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The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative will host a Rural Ministry Colloquium, “The Duke Endowment and the World of Grant Funding,” presented by the Rev. Robb Webb, director of the Rural Church Program Area of The Duke Endowment.
One of the largest philanthropic organizations in the U.S., The Duke Endowment annually provides millions of dollars in grants to strengthen communities in the Carolinas by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds, and enriching spirits.
The colloquium will introduce participants to the resources and grant application processes of the endowment, as well as provide an overview of what funders such as The Duke Endowment are looking for in successful grant proposals.
A free lunch will be provided to the first 40 participants. No registration necessary.
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Thriving Rural Communities and the Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School will partner with Student Action with Farmworkers to host a film screening of the migrant farmworker documentary “Harvest of Dignity,” followed by a discussion. Attendees will prepare for Thanksgiving by learning about the workers who harvest the food they eat and how to make a positive difference in their lives.
A free lunch will be provided to the first 50 participants. No registration required.
Thriving Rural Communities will hold a Rural Colloquium on "George Herbert and The Country Parson" presented by Jeremy Troxler, director of the Duke Divinity School program. Herbert, a 17th century writer and Anglican priest, wrote a reflection titled “The Country Parson” shortly before his death in which he set out “the form and character of a true pastor.”
No registration is necessary for the free lunch, lecture, and discussion on the ways the reflection can serve as a guide for ministry in the 21st century.
“The Country Parson” offers a timeless vision of faithful pastoral ministry within a rural community. Herbert's poetry, characterized by a deep devotion to Christ and the church, arises out of his experiences as the rector of the rural parish in England, where he was known for his faithful care for his parishioners.
Thriving Rural Communities will hold a Rural Ministry Colloquium on "I Love to Tell the Story: Rural Evangelism." It will be led by Jeremy Troxler, director of TRC. A free lunch will be provided. No registration needed.