Institute Materials

More than 120 participants representing 29 states, 15 countries, and more than 30 denominations (mainline, evangelical, and Catholic) gathered at Duke Divinity School from June 6-11, 2011 for the third annual Summer Institute.

The event, hosted by the Center for Reconciliation, was titled “The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World.” Activities included classroom sessions, panels and lectures with world renowned scholars to corporate worship in the Divinity School’s beautiful Goodson Chapel, and small-group discussions in Duke University’s lush gardens and other venues around campus. Speakers at the Summer Institute cover topics ranging from transformative leadership to spirituality for the long haul.

The 2011 Institute followed the success of the 2010 and the inaugural Summer Institute in 2009, which both produced powerfully transformative ripple effects for ministries around the U.S. and around the world.


Summer Institute
June 2009


Speakers at the Summer Institute covered topics ranging from transformative leadership to spirituality for the long haul.

Download or listen to audio from some of the Institute’s plenary sessions.

Download/listen to audio from the Summer Institutes in iTunes U.

Video and Articles

Speakers at the Summer Institute cover topics ranging from transformative leadership to spirituality for the long haul.

See a variety of interviews and read articles in Faith & Leadership, the online magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, by Summer Institute faculty, staff, and participants.


  • Sarah Jobe, Chaplain at Raleigh Correctional Center for Women
  • Kit Danley, founder and president of Neighborhood Ministries []
  • Efrem Smith, Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Paulus Widjaja, Director of Duta Wacana Christian University’s Center for the Study and Promotion of Peace
  • Jan Love, Dean of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology
  • Edgardo Colon-Emeric, assistant professor of Christian theology, Duke Divinity School
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author and associate minister at St. John’s Baptist Church in Durham, N.C.
  • Curtiss DeYoung, professor of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University



  • Sam Barkat, Executive Director of the Institute for Collaborative Engagement
  • Malcolm Guite, Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge, and teacher, Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges
  • Jin S. Kim, Founding Pastor, Church of All Nations in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Mary Nelson, Former President and CEO of Bethel New Life, a Chicago community development organization
  • John Perkins, Mississippi civil rights leader and Voice of Calvary Ministries founder
  • Margaret Pfeil, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

“The 2009 Summer Institute was my introduction to the Center for Reconciliation. One of my pastors at St. Luke’s UMC recommended I attend, as St. Luke’s has committed itself to helping develop meaningful relationships, worship, and service to a neighborhood in Houston that is richly diverse in its social, ethnic, and economic character. The Institute was a week of learning and inspiration.  The leadership was outstanding. The participants represented a world-wide network deeply committed to a myriad of reconciliation initiatives.  I left the Institute awakened to the hope and the pain of the reconciliation journey and armed with stories, contacts, and resources to enrich my church’s commitment to the Beloved Community.” Gene Graham, Houston, Texas