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Faculty & Staff Notes

David Arcus , chapel organist and associate university organist, was director of the 2010 National Competition in Organ Improvisation during the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C., in July. He was also moderator of a panel discussion on improvisation competitions during the convention. In June, he performed an organ recital for the 275th anniversary celebration of St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ in Wernersville, Pa., where he and his wife, the Rev. Robin Townsley Arcus D’91 , were married. David oversaw the commissioning of a new hymn text by Brian Wren for the 75th anniversary of Duke Chapel. He was organist for the Duke Chapel Choir’s performance of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and other anthems in Duke Chapel in April, and in February he performed a solo organ recital at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tenn.

Kate Bowler published the entry “Positive Thinking” in The Encyclopedia of Religion in America , edited by Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (CQ). She presented “World Christianity in America” at the Texas Annual Conference Youth Academy, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, July 15; and preached the sermon “Covenant” at the 2010 Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation June 23.

Jason Byassee published a review of Brian Robinette’s Grammars of Resurrection: A Christian Theology of Presence and Absence in the June 15 edition of The Christian Century . At Faith & Leadership , he posted “What the Church Can Learn from Teach For America”; “My God and Your God,” a version of his commencement address at Western Theological Seminary; “Goods and God,” a profile of Tim Keller’s theology of entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Initiative Forum at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York; and “Entrepreneurship in Action,” a look at 100cameras and Blessed Nest, two winners of the Entrepreneurship Initiative’s business plan competition. He was plenary speaker and faculty member for the 2010 St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology & the Arts, “The News and the Good News,” July 19–23.

Charles Campbell attended and gave a panel presentation at the Christian Scholars’ Conference in Nashville, Tenn., where he also lectured at the Otter Creek Church of Christ. He gave three lectures and preached at the Zentrum für evangelische Predigtkultur in Wittenberg, Germany; taught a D.Min. class in Chicago for the Association of Chicago Theological Schools; preached at Duke Chapel and at First Presbyterian Church, Kenly, N.C.; and attended the biennial meeting of Societas Homiletica at Yale.

Kenneth L. Carder presented a lecture entitled “The World’s Children: Victims and Victors” at the opening session of the 2010 Peace Conference held at Lake Junaluska, N.C., Sept. 19–21. The theme of the conference was “Peace for the World’s Children,” and the keynote address was delivered by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund. He appeared on N.C. Public Television’s “North Carolina People” with William Friday Aug. 27 to discuss the origin, purpose, and content of the conference.

He delivered the keynote address for the “Abolishing Poverty in Appalachia” conference at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Kingsport, Tenn., Sept. 10–11. He preached the sermon for the Service of Commissioning and Ordination at the Holston Annual Conference June 13, and led a session with Cal Turner on leadership at the conference session June 14.

Jackson Carroll taught a four-week course, “Christians Face Religious Diversity,” at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham, N.C., in March. On May 27, he gave a lecture at Croasdaile Village in Durham on the history of religious diversity in America.

Mark Chaves published several articles: “Thanks, but No Thanks: Congregations Say No to the Faith-Based Initiative” in The Christian Century (June 1, 2010); “Did the Faith-Based Initiative Change Congregations?” (with co-author Bob Wineburg) in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (39.2, 2010); “Rain Dances in the Dry Season: Overcoming the Religious Congruence Fallacy,” his presidential address to the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, delivered in October 2009, in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (49.1, 2010); and “The Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Advances toward Adults in Their Congregations” (with co-author Diana Garland) in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (48.4, 2009). He delivered the lectures “Did the Faith-Based Initiative Change Congregations?” at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., in February; and “Continuity and Change in American Religion,” at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Observatoire des Religions en Suisse, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, in December 2009.

Ellen Davis joined Wendell Berry on the public radio program Speaking of Faith in a discussion entitled “Land, Life, and the Poetry of Creatures,”