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preaching at Duke, who contributed to the volume. “He has not only seen enormous change; he was at the forefront of it.”

Taylor, 91, served for more than 42 years as pastor of Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 2000. Hear or download audio of the presentation .

‘Speak, Lord’

“Speak, Lord,” a photograph by first-year M.Div. student Laura Lysen D’13, took first-place honors at The End of Words, the Second Annual Juried Art Exhibit, April 21–May 2, at the Divinity School.

The exhibit, inspired by Professor Richard Lischer’s 2005 book, The End of Words , was directed and curated by Laura Levens, a doctor of theology student who challenged artists to consider both senses of end—as limit and goal.

“In continual pursuit of richer, more nuanced, and more faithful forms of ministry it is imperative to recognize the limits of words,” said Levens. “As every church service discloses, each word is spoken into a situation, and every text lives within a larger embodied context.

“Another sense in which words have an end concerns their end goal, the telos of words. What good are the words of a sermon if they do not carry us beyond all words to the reality of the risen Jesus Christ?”

Second- and third-place awards respectively went to Julie Laub D’10, for her graphite and acrylic drawing “Psalm 151,” and to Bonnie Scott D’12, for her textiles appliqué “Tongues, as of Fire.”

An honorable mention was awarded to Fred Wise, spouse of Divinity School employee Jami Wise, for his pen and ink drawing “Appalachian Alchemy.” A new juror’s award for technical skill and originality went to Tom Chappell Lewis D’13 for “The Incarnation,” a Post-It Note mosaic.

Juror Courtney Reid-Eaton, exhibitions director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, said the prizewinners “generated an emotional response that was beyond articulation. They were visually strong and technically well executed.”

She said that Lysen’s photograph spoke to her immediately, and is “a deeply quiet, profound image.”

“Laub’s drawing was like a slap in the face, a ‘bloodstained’ handprint on a cross; and Scott’s art-quilt expressed the experience of Pentecost in a surprising and tactile way.”

“I saw the work of being in relationship in Wise’s drawing, and while dialogue was implied, there was also a great deal of emotional energy drawn around the figures.”

She said that adding a juror’s prize made it possible to acknowledge the creative work of Lewis, who “used Post-It Notes and colored paper to create an arresting triptych that included the text ‘In the beginning was the Word,’ in Greek.”

The exhibit was in association with the school’s New Creation Arts Group.