Bovender Terrace, Duke Divinity School
The Divinity School will hold a faulty and staff farewell reception for Jeremy Troxler, director of the Thriving Rural Communities (TRC) initiative for the last six years. He will return to local church ministry in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.
The Rev. Brad Thie, pastor of Friendship United Methodist Church (UMC) and a Divinity School alumnus, has been appointed as the new TRC director and will begin his duties July 1. Friendship UMC is one of the TRC partner churches.
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The Thriving Rural Communities Initiative of Duke Divinity School will sponsor a Rural Ministry Colloquium, “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture,” led by new monastic author and speaker Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
A free lunch will be provided to the first 40 participants. No registration is required. The event is open to the public.
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.