Imam Abdullah T. Antepli gave a series of lectures on Christian-Muslim relations, Islam and Muslims in America, and religious peacemaking and interfaith dialogue in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Turkey. He was the keynote speaker for the annual Hartford Prayer Breakfast in Hartford, Conn., and a featured speaker at the Wild Goose Festival in Shakori Hills, N.C.
Betsy Barton, Susan Dunlap, and Jeanne Twohig (all from the Institute on Care at the End of Life) facilitated two workshops in April for pastors and lay members at the invitation of the Center for Congregations in Indiana. All participants received a copy of ICEOL’s book, The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness, End of Life and Grief.
Jeremy Begbie published “The Shape of Things to Come? Wright Amidst Emerging Ecclesiologies,” in Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright (IVP Academic). His review article on John Butt’s Bach’s Dialogue with Modernity: Perspectives on the Passions (entitled “Pressing at the Boundaries of Modernity”) appeared in the summer issue of Christian Scholar’s Review (40.4, 2011). The June 19 issue of Living Church magazine featured “Minister of Music: An Interview with Jeremy Begbie.” During the spring, Begbie lectured with live piano performance at a variety of churches and institutions across the United States, including Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, Penn.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, N.C.), Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.), and Christ Church, Greenwich, Conn. He led “The Sound of Hope,” a study day organized by the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke, and presented a paper entitled “The Future of Theology Amidst the Arts: Why Reformed Protestants Need to Get Over Their Embarrassment” as part of the Faith and Learning Lecture Series at Wheaton College, Ill. In May he gave a solo piano recital at Wolfson College, Cambridge, England, and was keynote speaker at a Music and Worship Foundation residential weekend.
Jason Byassee spoke on Christology and allegory in Augustine at a class on spirituality at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and on the renewal of the small church at a conference in Perrysburg, Ohio, for the Detroit and Covenant synods of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He preached at Garden City United Methodist Church in Savannah, Ga., and at Center United Methodist Church in Snow Camp, N.C. He was the diocesan speaker for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, and gave the address “Heaven on Earth?: The Future of Spiritual Interpretation” at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. Byassee published numerous articles: “Joining the Communion of Saints and Writing the Unwritable Word” (March 7), for The Other Journal; “Leighton Ford: Leadership Like an Aspen Tree” (April 11) and “An Argument in Stone” (May 24), at Faith & Leadership; “The Logic of Online Community” (June 16), a blog post on new media for Sojourners; and “Lessons for Large Churches” (June 16), in United Methodist Reporter. In addition to several book reviews, his article “The Bishop’s Dashboard” appeared in the May 31 issue of Christian Century.
Charles Campbell lectured on “Preaching Lent and Easter” at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He preached in a Lenten series at First UMC in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and at Duke Divinity School’s Closing Convocation, Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian Church in Cary, N.C., and Christ UMC in Chapel Hill, N.C. He traveled to Uppsala, Sweden, to teach and preach at the Swedish Preaching Program and taught a D.Min. course for the Association of Theological Schools in Chicago, Ill. He served as plenary speaker at the Preaching Pastors’ Retreat of the Sacramento Presbytery in Zephir Cove, Nev., and taught a Sunday school class at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C.
Kenneth Carder was named bishop in residence and Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Professor Emeritus. He delivered the baccalaureate sermon at Emory and Henry College and preached as part of the Great Preacher Series at the Proctor Institute, which is sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund and held each year at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn. He preached at Munsey Memorial UMC in Johnson City, Tenn., as part of the Care for Creation celebration, and at Fairhaven UMC in Gaithersburg, Md., a racially diverse church formed by a merger when he was its student pastor in the 1960s. He also lectured on restorative justice and prison ministry at the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
Jackson Carroll recently published a revised edition of his book As One with Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry (Cascade). The book focuses on the meaning and exercise of pastoral authority and leadership in today’s challenging environment, and it introduces new case studies from pastors, including several Duke Divinity graduates.
Stephen Chapman published “The Canon Debate: What It Is and Why It Matters,” in the Journal of Theological Interpretation (4.2, Spring 2010). From April 30 to May 7 he traveled with a group from Duke Divinity School to Ahuachapán, El Salvador, where he taught a one-week introduction to the Old Testament for Methodist pastors from throughout Central America. On May 23 he spoke on “The Vocation of a Baptist Scholar” at Gardner-Webb University during the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. June 4-5 he led the annual retreat for the Congregation at Duke Chapel, with remarks entitled “All Creatures Great and Small: Animals and God’s Good News for Us.”
Mark Chaves gave the plenary address, “Trends in American Religion,” at the Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland in Baltimore in May 2011. His book American Religion: Contemporary Trends was published in August by Princeton University Press.
Susan Eastman presented a paper on the Lord’s Prayer for the 11th Building Bridges Seminar for Muslim-Christian Dialogue, convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in Doha, Qatar, May 16-19. The topic of the seminar was “Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives.” In May she also presented her research on “Imitation, Participation, and the Transformation of Identity in Paul’s Practical Theology” to the Psychology and Religion Research Group at the University of Cambridge. In June she spoke on “Resurrection” for the Duke Youth Academy. In July Eastman assumed the responsibility of directing the Th.D. program of Duke Divinity School.
James Efird was given a Distinguished Alum Award from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on May 3.
Mary McClintock Fulkerson published “Forward,” in Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics (Continuum). She spoke on the Pauli Murray Project for the Public Allies Group at North Carolina Central University and participated in “Good News at the Grassroots: A New Conversation on Theology & Community Organizing” at the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J. She presented “Ecclesiology and Exclusion: Eucharist” at the Ecclesiological Investigations Conference at the University of Dayton and “On Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church” at the Spring Institute for Lived Theology at the University of Virginia. She has been accepted for membership in the International Association of Practical Theology and as a participant in “The Moral Challenge of Poverty,” a faculty project funded by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.
Paul Griffiths presented in New York City in December at a colloquy on the state of the Catholic doctrine of marriage—particularly the Church’s stance toward the marriage laws of secular states—sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Public Life. On March 19 he spoke at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, as part of the Wilken Colloquium, a project of the Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue, on “Augustine and the Saeculum,” and later addressed Augustine’s significance for contemporary legal thought and practice at the sixth annual meeting of the Catholic Legal Scholars Conference, convened May 18 at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law in Norman, Okla. Griffiths also presented “How Do the Virtues Shape Intellectual Life at Catholic Universities Today?” at a symposium on intellect and virtue held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in April and participated in the Colossian Forum on religion and science in Chicago, Ill., in June. He published “Tears and Weeping: An Augustinian View,” in Faith & Philosophy (28.1, 2011), and “The Religious Alien,” in Oxford Handbook to Religious Diversity (Oxford University Press). In June his theological commentary on the Song of Songs was published by Brazos Press.
Emmanuel Katongole published “Threatened with Resurrection: Martyrdom and Reconciliation in the World Church,” in Witness of the Body: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Martyrdom (Eerdmans). He presented “Africa Is Not Destined to Die? The Raising of Lazarus and the Sites for Theological Exploration and Engagement” at St. Mary’s National Seminary in Kampala, Uganda, and served on the “Religion, Politics and Global Development” panel for the Duke Alumni Association conference, “A World Together,” in February. He gave the Capps Lecture, “Daring to Invent the Future of Africa: Politics, Modernity and the Madness of Christian Faith,” at the University of Virginia. In April Katongole presented “Performing Catholicity: Archbishop John Baptist Odama and the Politics of Baptism in Northern Uganda” as the opening address for DePaul University’s Center for World Catholicism and gave “Justice and Peace: Hopes That Are the Wrong Size for This World” as the John Woolman Lecture at George Fox University. He also preached “Odd Bodies” at Capital Christian Fellowship Church in Washington, D.C.
Andrew Keck was elected vice president of the American Theological Library Association’s board of directors. He also gave a paper at the ATLA Annual Conference in Chicago entitled “Second Harvest—Digitizing Church and Denominational Materials.”
Richard Lischer was recently named associate dean for faculty development in the Divinity School. He lectured at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Naples, Fla., on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and preached in Duke Chapel on the anniversary of King’s birth. He appeared on Duke’s interactive online program, “Office Hours,” with the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP (and Divinity graduate), William Barber. He gave two lectures on religious autobiography at Christ Episcopal Church, Raleigh, N.C., and two on the passion and resurrection of Christ—“The Art of Losing” and “The Priority of Hope”—at the Episcopal Retreat Center in Kanuga, N.C. He also taught a senior seminar class in religion and historiography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lischer preached at the ordination of Divinity graduates Ann Sundberg, in Durham, N.C., and Kimberly Carlson, in Kendall Park, N.J. He preached the 50th anniversary sermon at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach, a congregation he served from 1974 to 1979. This summer he taught a week-long course, “Writing and the Pastoral Life,” at the Center for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.
Randy Maddox published “The Rule of Christian Faith, Practice, and Hope: John Wesley on the Bible,” in Methodist Review (2011), online at www.methodistreview.org . This is a longer version of the keynote lecture, “John Wesley on the Bible,” that he delivered at the 2011 Wesley Center Conference at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 11. On March 28 he delivered a lecture, “‘Honoring Conference’: Wesleyan Reflection on the Dynamics of Theological Reflection,” at a conference in Atlanta, Ga., honoring Russell Richey’s retirement from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Joy Moore participated in “Preparing Leaders for the Church in the 21st Century,” the National Hispanic/Latino(a) Leadership Development Consultation held April 11-13 at the Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, and “Facing the Future: Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Appointments in a Global Church,” a conference jointly convened by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) May 15-18 in Los Angeles, Calif. She presented the keynote address for the South Carolina Annual Conference African American Clergywomen’s Luncheon and the Southwest Texas Annual Conference Methodist Renewal Movement Breakfast, and conducted a video seminar for the West Michigan Annual Conference. She was the World Methodist Conference Bible Study Leader at “For the Healing of the Nations,” held in Durban, South Africa. Moore preached during chapel services at Asbury University (Wilmore, Ky.) and Seattle Pacific University, and at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church in San Diego, Calif., First Free Methodist Church in Seattle, Wash., and Duke University Chapel. She published “Preaching: Telling the Story in a Sound-Bite Culture,” in Generation Rising (Abingdon Press).
Chris Rice was the keynote speaker at the Charlotte District Leadership Conference of the United Methodist Church, which addressed the theme “Richness of Reconciliation: The Joy of Life in God’s Kingdom.” In March he led a Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope in Baltimore, Md., in association with New Song Community Church and Urban Ministries, and another in Richmond, Va., with the Richmond Hill retreat center and the Hope in the Cities program. During the Duke Summer Institute he hosted a gathering of Christian leaders from 11 countries to discuss forming a Global Reconciliation Network. Rice also preached the closing sermon at the 2011 Reunion of Korea Missionaries, Missionary Kids, and Friends at Lake Junalaska, N.C.
Lester Ruth has been appointed research professor of Christian worship. His areas of expertise include the history of Christian worship (particularly early Methodism), creativity with the sacraments, and contemporary worship.
Allen Verhey has published two books recently: Nature and Altering It (Eerdmans) and Ephesians: A Theological Commentary (Westminster John Knox), co-authored with Joe Harvard, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C.
Laceye Warner presented “Women, Witness, and Education in the Wesleyan/Methodist Tradition” at Greensboro College, N.C., and participated in the “UM Global Theological Education Summit” at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. She gave the keynote, “Sustaining Ministry through Nurturing Vocation,” at a United Methodist District Event in Lake Louise, Mich., and co-presented “The Beloved Community: Biblical and Theological Roots” with Willie Jennings at St. Luke’s UMC, Gethsemane Campus, in Houston, Texas.
Sam Wells published Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence (InterVarsity Press) with Marcia A. Owen. He lectured at Tennessee Wesleyan College and Greenville College and gave the Cammack Lectures at Campbell University. He led the Springtide Retreat for the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and preached three sermons at the Virginia UMC Conference. In England he preached at Ely Cathedral, lectured to the clergy of Worcester Diocese, preached at the Chichester Cathedral at the launch of the Chichester Arts Festival, and spoke at the Renewing Preaching conference of the United Reformed Church in Cambridge.
Norman Wirzba delivered the Parry Lectures at Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., and spoke on “Life on God’s Farm” at the Faith and Rural Life: Down to Earth Ministry conference at Mount Olive College, N.C. His book Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating (Cambridge University Press) was released in June.
Luba Zakharov was a panelist in the session “Where Any Two Are Gathered: The Idea of Conferencing in Theological Librarianship” and participated in the planning of the session “Re-Envisioning the Theological Library: New Models of Service” for the Public Services Interest Group at the American Theological Library Association conference in Chicago, Ill. She also contributed an interview, “Lee Smith: A Lifetime of Paying Attention” (Feb. 1), to Faith & Leadership and presented “How Art Gives Theology a Voice” to the Adult Forum of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, N.C.