Teaching Communities Internships
This summer internship program provides ministry formation in leading communities of reconciliation practice around the world. This program provides 10-week summer field education formation for Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students. Through their internship experiences, students can make connections between their divinity school education and hope-filled communities that minister in the midst of social and economic brokenness.
Duke interns join fully in the life of these communities—living, working, learning, worshipping, and leading under the supervision of seasoned practitioners. The Teaching Communities program was inaugurated in 2006 in collaboration with the Office of Field Education.
Summer 2011 internship dates: May 29-August 7, 2011
Application Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2011
- Teaching Communities placements are considered non-church placements and provide one unit of Field Education credit.
- Housing will be provided by the Teaching Communities site.
- Some financial assistance with travel costs is available.
- Sites provide a daily work supervisor and weekly meetings with a theological mentor (usually a senior leader with rich experience in reconciliation ministry).
- Attendance at the May 9-10, 2011 Field Education orientation at DDS is required.
- Students who participate in the Teaching Communities program must commit to take the Fall 2011 Journeys of Reconciliation course.
To learn more about the Teaching Communities Internships or to get an application, contact Dayna Olson-Getty.
Central United Methodist Church/ Wells United Methodist Church, Jackson, Mississippi
The placements in Jackson, Miss. pair two churches who are seeking to embody reconciliation. Central United Methodist Church was founded in 1889 and seeks to be a place where “no one is a stranger.” Central UMC is located in the historic Farish Street district of Jackson, a formerly thriving African American business district that is now impoverished. Central UMC participates in the Farish Street Community of Shalom, which seeks to improve the quality of life for people in the neighborhood through building community relationships, emphasizing health and wellness, and promoting economic development. Founded in 1929 in the midst of racially-segregated Jackson, Mississippi, Wells United Methodist Church stands today as a sign of hope in its community, attempting to bridge racial and socio-economic divides. The church proclaims a holistic gospel and an inclusive ministry, offering a weekly food pantry and a mobile health clinic where prescriptions can be filled at no cost. Its commitment to the ministry of reconciliation is embodied best by its youth, whose friendships and deep faith transcend unspoken racial lines.
Church of the Saviour, Washington, D.C.
For more than 50 years, this ecumenical Christian community in the diverse neighborhood of Adams-Morgan has birthed a network of organizations addressing issues of poverty and injustice. Each of their 12 small churches emphasize a commitment to an outward journey of mission and service and an inward journey of deepening one’s relationship with God through a disciplined life of prayer, scripture study, and committed Christian fellowship.
Circle Urban Ministries & Rock of Our Salvation Church, Chicago, Illinois
Circle/Rock has been serving as a witness to Christ in the Austin community (population 100,000) on Chicago's west side for nearly three decades. Their joint, intensely interracial ministry in one of the city's lowest-income communities sprawls across a city block and serves thousands each year. Rock Church, an Evangelical Free Church of America congregation, is strongly focused on interracial life and mission.
L’Arche Daybreak Community, Ontario, Canada
Founded in 1964 by Jean Vanier, L’Arche is an international federation of 130 communities in 30 countries for people with disabilities and assistants who share life, worship, meals, and daytime activities together in family-like settings that are integrated into local neighborhoods. The Duke partnership is with Daybreak, the oldest and largest L’Arche community in North America and home to a vibrant community of 100.
New Song Ministries & Church, Baltimore, Maryland
Grounded in an interracial worshipping congregation, New Song concentrates on 15 blocks in the Sandtown-Winchester community of West Baltimore, which struggles with concentrated, enduring poverty. More than 80 staff, mostly from the surrounding neighborhood, live in the community and work together on efforts from New Song Academy (K-8 public school, 130 students) to over 200 houses completed via Sandtown Habitat for Humanity. Many different individuals-black and white, affluent and poor, urban and suburban-work closely together to break down barriers, including 10,000 annual volunteers.
Saint Monica’s School, Gulu, Uganda
At St. Monica’s School, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus provide a home and vocational training for child mothers and their children, many of whom are survivors of abduction, enslavement, and rape by the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Word Made Flesh, Calcutta, India
Word Made Flesh is called and committed to serving Jesus among the poorest of the poor. This calling is realized as a prophetic ministry for, and a holistic, incarnational ministry among, the world's poor. Word Made Flesh focuses its energy to make Jesus known among the poor while reconciling the church with the poor. This ministry's involvement for the poor is primarily through serving the church as a prophetic voice articulating God's passion for the poor through Scripture and further educating them concerning the needs of the world. This movement of bringing the church and the poor together is done through preaching, teaching, discipleship, music, media and other creative means.