Come expand your theological imagination, grapple with practical problems, and be equipped to continue a journey of reconciliation within a wider community.
Our focus on reconciliation is grounded in a distinctively Christian vision and a framework that is richly practical, contextual, and theological. Rooted in Duke Divinity School’s conviction that reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel, the Summer Institute for Reconciliation draws on the strengths of a faculty of world-class scholars and practitioners. The institute is nurtured by the deepening formation, teaching, and content of a biblical vision of reconciliation that inspires and ferments a movement of transformed communities and relationships. This formation of communities is nurtured by each other’s witness that Christ is strengthening us to the end, affirming us so that we do not “lack any spiritual gift” in our life together (1 Corinthians 1: 4-9).
The Summer Institute for Reconciliation blends plenary talks given by preeminent scholars and practitioners in the fields of theology and reconciliation, small group seminars led by world-class educators and practitioners, and ecumenical Christian worship to create a rich, vibrant week focused on growing together as scholars and practitioners of reconciliation. Plenary speakers, seminar teachers, and worship leaders use scriptural interpretation, theology, and story-telling to weave a rich tapestry of reflection that is theological, contextual, and practical.
The learning and formation that take place at the Summer Institute for Reconciliation build on critical questions that frame our content and design. These questions address the heart of the journey of reconciliation. Our methodology, which we call “Word Made Flesh,” explores the theological, contextual, and practical dimensions of this movement of hope.
The questions are:
- New Creation — “Toward what?”: This question addresses our goal, the end toward which the movement leads, and invites participants to form a vision of new creation grounded in Scripture.
- Lament — “What is going on?”: Through this question, we seek to develop a clearer and deeper understanding of the specific challenges participants face through seeing, naming, and standing in the brokenness. This question invites participants to develop the gift and discipline of lament.
- Hope — “What does hope look like?”: This question engages the hopeful lives, models, stories, experiments, initiatives, visions, and practical skills that can shape and sustain a new future.
- Spirituality for the journey — “Why me, and why bother?”: This question explores issues of personal vocation, calling,and formation. The question highlights practices, rhythms, lifestyles, and convictions that sustain people and communities even in the face of challenges and obstacles, and invites participants to form a deep and lively practical spirituality to support leadership over the long haul.
The Summer Institute for Reconciliation is intended for:
- Pastors with a desire for their congregations to become communities that live out alternatives to the destructive conflicts and social divisions that fragment our world
- Christians who are committed to the ongoing training and equipping of others, calling forth the gifts of the community to inspire, form, and support people to become ambassadors of God’s movement of hope; that foster a life together that is a witness to now being “the acceptable time,” now being the “day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
- Grass-roots ministers and Christians living and working among people who suffer or are marginalized
- College, university, and seminary faculty and administrators training young Christians to live in the way of the Kingdom
- Denominational and organizational leaders seeking to guide their organizations into new practices and structures that enable the flourishing of communities living out God’s vision of peace and justice
- Every follower of Jesus Christ seeking to become an ambassador of God’s healing and wholeness
Morning & Evening Worship
Participants begin and end each day with vibrant Christian worship, held in Duke Divinity School’s beautiful Goodson Chapel.
Morning Common Journey
All participants gather to learn from and dialogue with plenary speakers about a theological vision and practice of reconciliation.
Participants select one seminar for the entire week, going in-depth with one or two faculty members and a small group of peers in a format of rich teaching and interaction.
Shared meals, one-on-one conversations with faculty, some evenings with community-building events, a free evening in downtown Durham, and access to the many gifts of Duke University’s campus.
Cost, Registration & Scholarships
Summer Institute for Reconciliation dates: June 4-8, 2018
Registration will go live in September 2017.
Please contact program coordinator Valerie Helbert if you have any questions.