Geoffrey Wainwright , the Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology, presented his retirement lecture March 22 after teaching at Duke Divinity School since 1983. The public lecture, “Divine Disproportion & Poetic Paradoxes: Charles Wesley at Chalcedon: the Retirement Lecture of Professor Geoffrey Wainwright,” was held in Goodson Chapel.
Wainwright has devoted much of his energy to the cause of ecumenism (unity in the truth of a gospel to be preached to the world). As a member of World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission, he played a leading part in the production of the Lima text on “Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry” in 1982. Since 1986, he has co-chaired the dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church.
The professor has served as president of the international Societas Liturgica and the American Theological Society. Wainwright was honored by the publication of “Ecumenical Theology in Worship, Doctrine, and Life: Essays Presented to Geoffrey Wainwright on his Sixtieth Birthday.” He received the 2005 Johannes Quasten Medal from the Catholic University of America for excellence in scholarship.