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Faculty & Staff Notes

The book focuses on the meaning and exercise of pastoral authority and leadership in today’s challenging environment, and it introduces new case studies from pastors, including several Duke Divinity graduates.

Stephen Chapman published “The Canon Debate: What It Is and Why It Matters,” in the Journal of Theological Interpretation (4.2, Spring 2010). From April 30 to May 7 he traveled with a group from Duke Divinity School to Ahuachapán, El Salvador, where he taught a one-week introduction to the Old Testament for Methodist pastors from throughout Central America. On May 23 he spoke on “The Vocation of a Baptist Scholar” at Gardner-Webb University during the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. June 4-5 he led the annual retreat for the Congregation at Duke Chapel, with remarks entitled “All Creatures Great and Small: Animals and God’s Good News for Us.”

Mark Chaves gave the plenary address, “Trends in American Religion,” at the Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland in Baltimore in May 2011. His book American Religion: Contemporary Trends was published in August by Princeton University Press.

Susan Eastman presented a paper on the Lord’s Prayer for the 11th Building Bridges Seminar for Muslim-Christian Dialogue, convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in Doha, Qatar, May 16-19. The topic of the seminar was “Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives.” In May she also presented her research on “Imitation, Participation, and the Transformation of Identity in Paul’s Practical Theology” to the Psychology and Religion Research Group at the University of Cambridge. In June she spoke on “Resurrection” for the Duke Youth Academy. In July Eastman assumed the responsibility of directing the Th.D. program of Duke Divinity School.

James Efird was given a Distinguished Alum Award from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on May 3.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson published “Forward,” in Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics (Continuum). She spoke on the Pauli Murray Project for the Public Allies Group at North Carolina Central University and participated in “Good News at the Grassroots: A New Conversation on Theology & Community Organizing” at the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J. She presented “Ecclesiology and Exclusion: Eucharist” at the Ecclesiological Investigations Conference at the University of Dayton and “On Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church” at the Spring Institute for Lived Theology at the University of Virginia. She has been accepted for membership in the International Association of Practical Theology and as a participant in “The Moral Challenge of Poverty,” a faculty project funded by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Paul Griffiths presented in New York City in December at a colloquy on the state of the Catholic doctrine of marriage—particularly the Church’s stance toward the marriage laws of secular states—sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Public Life. On March 19 he spoke at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, as part of the Wilken Colloquium, a project of the Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue, on “Augustine and the Saeculum,” and later addressed Augustine’s significance for contemporary legal thought and practice at the sixth annual meeting of the Catholic Legal Scholars Conference, convened May 18 at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law in Norman, Okla. Griffiths also presented “How Do the Virtues Shape Intellectual Life at Catholic Universities Today?” at a symposium on intellect and virtue held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in April and participated in the Colossian Forum on religion and science in Chicago, Ill., in June. He published “Tears and Weeping: An Augustinian View,” in Faith & Philosophy (28.1, 2011), and “The Religious Alien,” in Oxford Handbook to Religious Diversity (Oxford University Press). In June his theological commentary on the Song of Songs was published by Brazos Press.

Emmanuel Katongole published “Threatened with Resurrection: Martyrdom and Reconciliation in the World Church,” in Witness of the Body: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Martyrdom (Eerdmans). He presented “Africa Is Not Destined to Die? The Raising of Lazarus and the Sites for Theological Exploration and Engagement” at St. Mary’s National Seminary in Kampala, Uganda, and served on the “Religion, Politics and Global Development” panel for the Duke Alumni Association conference, “A World Together,” in February. He gave the Capps Lecture, “Daring to Invent the Future of Africa: Politics, Modernity and the Madness of Christian Faith,” at the University of Virginia. In April Katongole presented “Performing Catholicity: Archbishop John Baptist Odama and the Politics of Baptism in Northern Uganda” as the opening address for DePaul University’s Center for World Catholicism