Day 1: Baptized Into a Whole New Life

Day 1: Baptized Into a Whole New Life

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Theme: Introduction to Baptismal Theology and Life
Faculty Speaker:  Dr. Fred Edie, Associate Professor of the Practice of Christian Education
Lectionary Texts:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Psalm 119:1-8, 33-48, 129-144; Romans 6:3-11; John 6:26-36

Reflections on the Lecture

Dr. Fred Edie set the stage for DYA by beginning his lecture with things we can expect for the next two weeks.  Not only will we become well-versed in the language of God’s story, but we will also learn the language of theology, which reveals important things about who God is and who we are in relation to God.  With this understanding, Dr. Edie talked about baptism, telling us how the waters of baptism initiate us into the Church, making God’s story our story.  Baptism is an active remembering of God’s great works, even as it re-members us as new creations into the body of Christ!


“You are theologians whether you know it or not.  You may not have that on your Facebook page.  Maybe you should put it there.” – Rev. Dr. Fred Edie during plenary

“Anamnetic re-presentation in baptismal action that mediates God’s saving work with present force” – Rev. Dr. Jeff Conklin-Miller during plenary

“Preachers are artists as well.  Pastors don’t get to write the gospel, but be written by it.” – Matthew Martin Nickoloff during Arts Village Showcase

“Where’s the coffee?  It’s all about the Caffeine for Christ!” – Blaze Blaze, a character in a skit during Worship Workshop

Other Activities

Talk about a jam-packed day!  Before plenary lecture with Dr. Edie, we gathered as a DYA community in Duke Chapel for Morning Prayer.  Following plenary, we met with Rev. Julian Pridgen for Worship Workshop, where we discussed the nuts and bolts of what Christian worship entails, and why we as Christians worship in the first place.  In the afternoon, we experienced the artistic talents of the DYA Arts Village, hearing a musician, potter, dancer, and story-teller explain how they see their artistic abilities as gifts from a Creator (and Creative!) God.   In worship tonight we had Rev. Andrew Thompson deliver a sermon about the power of baptism, reminding us that in baptism we die to this world’s way of identifying us, so that we might live into our new identity as sons and daughters of God.  After so many activities, it was good to close the day with our mentor groups so we could discuss the many connections between today’s activities!


Submitted by Bobby Rackley, Mentor