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Worldview” in Gazzada, Italy, on June 27. She published four lectionary commentary essays on WorkingPreacher.org (Aug. 26, Sept. 2, 9, and 16) and joined the editorial board of Golem: Journal of Religion and Monsters . She attended the Catholic Biblical Association annual meeting July 27–31 and participated in meetings of the executive board, editorial board, and strategic planning committee. She participated in a colloquium on “Text, Community, and Practice in Second Temple Judaism” held at the Center for Religious Studies at Barton College.

Chris Rice met with Christian leaders in South Korea, Japan, and China in April and May to discuss issues of reconciliation. In June he taught on reconciliation at the Duke Youth Academy and gave the plenary lecture “A Spirituality for the Long Haul” at the fourth annual Summer Institute hosted by the Center for Reconciliation. He and Emmanuel Katongole spoke in September on “The Theology of Reconciliation” at a plenary session of the Christian Community Development Association conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Carol Greene Rush was one of 13 winners of a Meritorious Service Award presented by President Richard Brodhead during the Duke University Presidential Awards ceremony on April 18. Winners were presented with a plaque and a check for $100. On May 4 she graduated with a master of science degree in human resources from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.

Lester Ruth presented the John P.  Woods Distinguished Lectureship in Religion and Culture, “Perhaps Contemporary Music Is Not That Contemporary: Reflections on Popular Worship Music in the Last 200 Years,” at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, April 10–11. He taught two sessions at the National Worship Leaders Conference sponsored by Worship Leader magazine and held in Kansas City, Mo., July 17–19: “Worship in the Spirit through the Truth: Remembering the Trinity in Worship Sets” and “Is Your God Too Domesticated: What Worship in Ancient Constantinople Might Teach about God’s Transcendence.”

Moody Smith presented the first in a series of lectures on the Gospels titled “Who Do You Say That I AM?” at Christ Church, Episcopal, on Sept. 16.

Geoffrey Wainwright delivered the address “The Trinity and the Eucharist” at a one-day event on “Theology, Eucharist, and Ministry” held in May by United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, to mark the retirement of Professor Kendall McCabe. In June he presented “Towards Full Communion in Faith, Mission, and Sacramental Life” at a symposium connected with the Catholic International Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, Ireland.

Brittany Wilson defended her dissertation, “Unmanly Men: Refigurations of Masculinity in Luke-Acts,” at Princeton Theological Seminary on April 26. She also preached at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., and participated in their Summer Scholars Series. She lectured at Coker United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas, on June 24.

Norman Wirzba spoke on three occasions in Nashville, Tenn., in late April: “Sabbath Keeping: A Matter of Life and Death,” at Christ Church Cathedral; “Faithful Eating,” at Siloam Family Health Center; and “Cultivating Healthy Communities of Faith: Beginning in the Garden,” at the Cultivating Healthy Communities of Faith Summit sponsored by the Tennessee Obesity Task Force. He convened and led a discussion on “Food, Farming, and Faith: Involving the Church” and presented “Eating as a Spiritual Act” at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, in June, and also participated as a retreat leader in a weeklong seminar on food and faith at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M. He presented the Reavis Ministry Lectures at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, N.C., on Sept. 20. His essay “Eating in Ignorance” appeared in the May 30 issue of The Christian Century , and his book Food and Faith received “Honorable Mention” at the 2011 Prose Awards.