The CFR’s programs for Duke Divinity School students 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 students can 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. 

Teaching Communities Internships

The Teaching Communities internship program provides summer internships for Duke Divinity School M.Div. students who are discerning a call to reconciliation-focused ministry in the church, community, or academy. The program immerses interns in the life of in exemplary communities of reconciliation practice. Interns live and worship in their host community while working and learning under the supervision and mentorship of seasoned reconciliation practitioners. 

Internship sites include:

  • Church of the Saviour, Washington, D.C.
  • Reality Ministries, Durham, N.C.
  • New Song Urban Ministries & Church, Baltimore, Md.
  • L’Arche Greater Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • LaSalle Street Church, Chicago, Ill.
  • Neighborhood Ministries, Phoenix, Ariz.

Pilgrimage of Pain & Hope

Pilgrimages of Pain and Hope are contextual learning trips to locales where deep societal brokenness has been met with a vibrant and holistic Christian witness to the possibility of justice, healing, and wholeness.

Recent pilgrimage groups have spent time over spring reading week learning from New Song Urban Ministries, a church-based Christian community development ministry in inner-city Baltimore, and from Hope in the Cities, an interracial multi-faith network that has played a significant role in transforming Richmond, Va. from a symbol of racial division to a model for reconciliation. 

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.

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.

Past courses have included:

  • Christian Identity and the Formation of the Racial World
  • Prophetic Ministry: Shaping Communities of Justice
  • Agrarian Theology for an Urban World
  • God’s Ministry of Reconciliation
  • Restorative Justice, Prison Ministry, and the Church
  • Journeys of Reconciliation
  • Feminist Theology: Globalization

The Divinity School also offers two certificates related to the fields of justice and reconciliation. These certificates can be earned alongside a degree: