Thriving Rural Communities

Rural Ministry Colloquium: “The Duke Endowment and the World of Grant Funding”

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
0013 Westbrook
jtroxler@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3423

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. 

Rural Ministry Colloquium: "Harvest of Dignity"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
0012 Westbrook
jtroxler@div.duke.edu or irmillan@div.duke.edu

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.

Rural Ministry Colloquium on "George Herbert and The Country Parson"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
0012 Westbrook
ipiacentini@div.duke.edu

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. 

"I Love to Tell the Story: Rural Evangelism," Rural Ministry Colloquium

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
0013 Westbrook
ipiacentini@div.duke.edu

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.

The Rural Church as a Catalyst for Community Transformation

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Holly Spring UMC, Martin County
252-756-3918 or greenvilledistrict@nccumc.org

Thriving Rural Communities is partnering with the North Carolina Conference's Academy for Leadership Excellence and the Greenville District to present an evening of learning at Holly Spring United Methodist Church in Martin County. The event is to inspire, challenge, and equip clergy and laity to foster transformation in their rural communities.

Speakers will include:

  • Rev. Jeremy Troxler, director of the Thriving Rural Communities initiative at Duke Divinity School
  • Rev. Dr. Alan Rice, executive director of Rural Faith Development Community Developement Corporation and pastor of the biker-church Crossfire UMC in North Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • Rev. Laura Early of All God’s Children UMC and the Place of Possibilities in Aulander, N.C.

The event is open to everyone in the North Carolina Conference interested in and passionate about rural church ministry. A meal is included.

There is no cost to participate, but donations will be accepted. Registrations should be made through the Greenville District office by calling (252) 756-3918 or sending an e-mail to greenvilledistrict@nccumc.org.

Rural Ministry Colloquia: Evangelism for the Rural Church

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rev. Tim Reaves discusses practical, faithful, and fruitful ways for small churches to share Christ with their communities. Download audio via iTunes U.

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A Theology of Food

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Research professor Norman Wirzba addressed questions about the connection of theology to food and food production on an episode of Duke’s “Office Hours.”

Rural Ministry Colloquia: Faith and Bodies

Thriving Rural Communities joins the Divinity Women’s Center for a panel discussion.
Monday, October 25, 2010

Thriving Rural Communities joins the Divinity Women’s Center for a panel discussion.

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The Garden of Reconciliation

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Abundance at Anathoth

In the small farming town of Cedar Grove, N.C., an unsolved murder helped whites and blacks imagine a better future.

Rural Ministry Colloquia: Ministry in the Lonely Valley

Download an audio recording of Jeremy Troxler’s discussion of the loneliness of rural ministry via iTunesU.
Monday, October 11, 2010

Download an audio recording of Jeremy Troxler’s discussion of the loneliness of rural ministry via iTunes U.

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