Day 10: Community of Reconciliation

Day 10: Community of Reconciliation

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This morning students heard from two Duke Divinity School alumni, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Sarah Jobe on the topic of reconciliation.

At a Glance


Life in the Spirit: The Church as a Community of Reconciliation

Faculty Speaker:

Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove and Sarah Jobe

Lectionary Texts:

Ezek. 37:1-14; Ps 104:1a;24-35; Romans 8:14-27; Acts 2:1-14;22-47

Reflections on the Lecture

This morning students heard from two Duke Divinity School alumni, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Sarah Jobe on the topic of reconciliation, the second topic in a series on “Life in the Spirit.” Students were asked to look at Acts 2 and the call for Christians to be a community of reconciliation.  The two speakers are members of the Rutba house, an intentional Christian community in the Walltown neighborhood of  Durham, N.C.  They shared testimonies of the faith and trust involved in living in community.  They then invited students to engage in small group discussion about sharing and community in their own churches.


“Everyone wants a revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes.”
— Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove encouraging students to begin to make small changes by doing everyday things for the glory of God

“Dancing zombies?  That’s ridiculous.”
— Ronya-Lee Anderson in worship, comparing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to the dry bones in Ezekiel 37

Other Activities

In the afternoon, we embarked on a pilgrimage of pain and hope around Durham. The academy had an abbreviated version of a three-day pilgrimage that Duke Divinity School offers students each winter. First, we traveled to Lyon Park Center to hear Ms. Ann Atwater tell her story of growing up in a racially divided Durham. Our second stop took us to the historical Hayti neighborhood of Durham, where local historian John C. “Skeepie” Scarborough shared with us about Durham’s culturally-rich legacy. Lastly, we traveled to Asbury Temple United Methodist Church in east Durham and heard the Rev. Shane Benjamin and members of the church talk about their work and ministry in that community. It is our hope that these stories will help students to see and hear the painful and hopeful stories of their home communities with new eyes and ears.

Looking Ahead

It’s hard to believe that week two is already coming to a close. Tomorrow we will have our final arts village session, in which students are invited to return to a particular artist and “go deeper” in exploring that medium. We’ll have our last prayer practice session in the afternoon, followed by our final hospitality meal provided by Asbury Temple UMC. Faculty director Fred Edie will teach on the topic of “vocation” and our own Matthew Nickoloff will lead us in worship.