Thriving Rural Communities

New Director Appointed for Second Phase of TRC Initiative

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Brad Thie is appointed director of the Thriving Rural Communities initiative, a partnership between Duke Divinity School, The Duke Endowment, and the North Carolina UMC annual conferences.

Brad Thie has accepted an appointment as the director of Thriving Rural Communities, a partnership of Duke Divinity School, The Duke Endowment, and the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church.

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Faculty and Staff Farewell Reception for TRC Director Jeremy Troxler

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 3:30pm
Bovender Terrace, Duke Divinity School
ipiacentini@div.duke.edu

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.

Profiles of Service: Laura Beach

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rev. Laura Beach, a Thriving Rural Communities fellow and Duke Divinity alumna now serving Longtown UMC in Yadkinville, N.C., describes the richness she finds in rural ministry.

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Rural Ministry Colloquium: “The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
0013 Westbrook
jtroxler@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3447

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.

Divine Inspiration

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Friday, October 5, 2012

On a ministry fellowship in rural North Carolina, Divinity student Jason Villegas sees God in dancing—and popsicles. Read the story in Duke Magazine.

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Elaine Heath Video Available

Monday, September 24, 2012

Heath shares her experiences developing faith communities in the United Methodist tradition at Rural Convocation.

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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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Service of Word and Table with Jeremy Troxler Preaching

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:25am to 12:15pm
Goodson Chapel
stilley@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3539

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.

2012 Convocation on the Rural Church

Friday, April 27, 2012

Join us for the August 13-15 event featuring Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath and the FolkPsalm Trio.

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Rural Ministry Colloquium, "A Charge to Keep: Faithful Ministry on a Multi-Point Charge" with Rev. Clay Smith

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
0013 Westbrook
jtroxler@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3423

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.

“Responses of Reconciliation: Moving from Xenophobia to Philoxenia Within the Church” Workshop

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:20pm to 2:00pm
York Reading Room, Duke Divinity Library
jtroxler@div.duke.edu or (919)-660-3423

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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