Student Programs

The CFR’s programs for Divinity School students are designed to provide opportunities for emerging church and community leaders to develop a robust vision and practice of Christian reconciliation in contexts of deep social, economic, and racial division. Our programs provide opportunities for students to learn from the mentoring, theological reflection, and practical wisdom of leaders and community members who have spent decades pursuing the work of reconciliation in places of significant suffering and societal brokenness. 

Employment and volunteer positions provide opportunities for students to substantively contribute to the center’s mission and vision.  In addition, the center offers the following programs:

  • Teaching Communities internships: 10-week summer Field Education internships in leading communities of reconciliation practice for M.Div. students who are discerning a call to reconciliation-focused ministry in the church, community, or academy.
  • Pilgrimage of Pain & Hope: A spring break experiential learning trip to communities where deep societal brokenness has been met with a vibrant and holistic Christian witness to the possibility of justice, healing, and wholeness. This pilgrimage is an opportunity for spiritual growth and to deepen theological and classroom learning with wisdom, hope, and insights from seasoned reconciliation practitioners.
  • Academic courses: Duke Divinity School is one of the country’s best centers for theological learning, with a historical commitment to reconciliation. In addition to the courses taught by the Center for Reconciliation faculty, many professors focus their core classes and advanced seminars in topics of reconciliation.

Other opportunities for learning and service include:

  • Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference: Each year Duke Divinity students travel to the annual CCDA conference to deepen their call into the ministry of reconciliation with a wide network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored.
  • Project BRIDDDGE: Project BRIDDDGE (Building Relationships In Durham through Duke Divinity Graduate Education) is an opportunity for students to begin the journey of reconciliation in Durham before they even start classes. The program is a week-long, pre-orientation for entering students seeking to connect their studies, spiritual formation, and the Durham community.
    For more information on Project BRIDDDGE and other student programs, contact Catherine Watson, Director of Student Community Life.

“The CFR provided a place where I could not only explore but develop the wild and unruly call God placed on my life to live and work in under-resourced communities. Through the CFR, their pilgrimages, the conferences we attended, their mentorship, and their support I saw ministries of palpable hope, big joy, big pain, and incredible, courageous trust that living with Christ at the center of life was to embark on the adventure of living out the gospel. To borrow from C.S. Lewis, my time at the CFR was not safe, but it was good.”  —Lindsey Long, M.Div.’12

“The center has been the community of faith, it has been the cloud of witnesses that taught me that this can be done—and not only done, but done with joy, that it’s worth doing.” –Amanda Diekman, (M.Div.'10), co-pastor of Durham Church in Durham, N.C.