ESTHER ACOLATSE published “All in the Family: Recasting Religious Pluralism through African Contextuality” in Religion, Diversity and Conflict, edited by Ed Foley (Lit Verlag, 2011); and “Christian Divorce Counseling in West Africa: Seeking Wholeness through Reformed Theology and Jungian Dreamwork” in Journal of Pastoral Theology. She gave two lectures, “Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids in Diaspora” and “Rooted in Heritage: Expanding Horizons” at the February Lecture Series at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church in Gaithersburg, Md. Her preaching engagements include “A Line in the Sand” at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church on Feb. 11-12. As a co-instructor for the Duke Law course Customary Law, Statutory Law, and Spousal Property Rights in Ghana, she traveled to Ghana with students for field work in March.
ABDULLAH ANTEPLI moderated several sessions and gave talks on Islamophobia, Christian-Muslim relations, and religious peacemaking at the fourth annual United Nations Alliance of Civilizations forum, held Dec. 11-13 in Doha, Qatar.
DAVID ARCUS was a panelist and a performer for the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Conference on Improvisation in November. On Jan. 16 he presented a workshop in Raleigh, N.C., on service playing and improvisation to the Central Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
JEREMY BEGBIE delivered the Gray Lectures at the Divinity School’s annual Convocation & Pastors’ School, exploring the twin themes of joy and lament in Christ through a range of recorded and performed music. At Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, he spoke on “A World Made New: The Art of Resurrection and the Resurrection of Art.” Begbie also took part in the Athens and Jerusalem Seminar at Indiana Wesleyan University, including a campus-wide interview discussion event on his 2007 book Resounding Truth (Baker Academic). In January, his essay “Confidence and Anxiety in Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius” was published in Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain, edited by Martin Clarke (Ashgate, 2012), and his article “The Holy Spirit at Work in the Arts: Learning from George Herbert” appeared in Interpretation. His other publications include the foreword to Restoring the Shamed by Robin Stockitt (Cascade, 2012) and a review of Earthly Visions: Theology and the Challenges of Art by Tim Gorringe, published in The Tablet.
CHARLES L. CAMPBELL was appointed Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, lectured at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and taught at the Course of Study for Central American pastors in Ahauchapan, El Salvador. He preached at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Ga.; Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C.; Church of the Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, N.C.; the installation of the Presbyterian campus minister at Duke University; and the noon Good Friday service in Duke Chapel.
DOUGLAS CAMPBELL published “Beyond Justification in Paul: The Thesis of The Deliverance of God” in Scottish Journal of Theology; “An Attempt to Be Understood: A Response to the Concerns of Matlock and Macaskill with The Deliverance of God” in Journal for the Study of the New Testament; “What Is at Stake in the Reading of Romans 1-3? An Elliptical Response to the Concerns of Gorman and Tilling” in Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters; and “Galatians 5:11: Evidence of an Early Law-Observant Mission by Paul?” in New Testament Studies. At the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in November he presented two papers: “The Politics of Life and the Politics of Death” and “Interrogating Modes of Resistance.” Campbell also gave four papers at the “Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul” conference convened at King’s College London Dec. 16-17 to engage his book The Deliverance of God.
KENNETH CARDER wrote a review of four books on restorative justice for the January-March issue of Christian Reflection. He contributed a chapter entitled “Our United Methodist Heritage” to the 2012 United Methodist Women’s Mission Study on Poverty and the article “Recovering our Methodist Heritage in Prisons” to the Winter issue of UM Men Magazine. At the Appalachian Ministry Network meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C., in October he delivered two keynote addresses on the theme “Rethink Appalachia.” He preached at Salem United Methodist Church in Irmo, S.C., Nov. 20.
STEPHEN CHAPMAN published “The Ban,” “Deuteronomistic History,” and “Holy War” in the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic); “Why Are These Books in the Bible?” in The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible; and “Canon: Old Testament” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. He taught “Handel’s Messiah as Christian Exegesis” for the Divinity School’s Convocation & Pastors’ School in October. On Nov. 20 he presented the paper “Generic Reading Practices and Early Canonical Interpretation” at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco.
MARK CHAVES received an $850,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to launch the third wave of the National Congregations Study (NCS), a survey of a nationally representative sample of religious congregations from across the religious spectrum, which will be fielded in 2012. He delivered an invited lecture and led an all-day workshop, “Contributing to Knowledge in the Sociology of Religion,” for the Institut de Sciences Sociales des Religions Contemporaines and the Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in December. In April Chaves gave the plenary address, “Religious Trends in the United States,” at the University of Chicago Divinity School’s 2012 Conference on Ministry. His book American Religion: Contemporary Trends (Princeton, 2011) was named the best book on “Christianity and Culture” by Christianity Today.
SUSAN EASTMAN published “Reading Scripture in the Light of Christ: Matthew 12:1-8; Luke 24:44-49” in Communicating the Word: Revelation, Translation, and Interpretation in Christianity and Islam, edited by David Marshall (Georgetown University Press, 2011).
CURTIS W. FREEMAN published A Company of Women Preachers: Baptist Prophetesses in Seventeenth-Century England (Baylor University Press, 2011). He also participated in the planning sessions for a multi-year series of conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Pentecostal World Fellowship, and in the meeting of the North American Baptist Fellowship Board in Falls Church, Va.
MARY MCCLINTOCK FULKERSON published The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology, co-edited with Sheila Briggs (2011), and “Interpreting a Situation: When is ‘Empirical’ also ‘Theological’?” in Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, edited by Pete Ward (Eerdmans, 2012). She contributed to three panel discussions at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Francisco: “Gender Differences, Ritual Practices, and Religious Traditions,” a discussion of Teresa Berger’s Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History: Lifting a Veil on Liturgy’s Past; “Feminist Theology and Globalization: A Review of Sheila Briggs’ and Mary McClintock Fulkerson’s Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology”; and “Transformative Feminist and Womanist Trajectories in the Traditions of John Calvin and Martin Luther.” At the Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., she participated in a panel discussion of Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics by Chris Scharen and Aana Marie Vigen. She preached at the Covenant Network National Conference on Reconciliation held in Durham, N.C.; and she lectured on “Contesting the Ban on Gay Marriage: Biblical and Theological Reasons” at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham, N.C.
PAUL GRIFFITHS published “Which Are the Words of Scripture?” in Theological Studies and “From Curiosity to Studiousness: Catechizing the Appetite for Knowledge” in Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning, edited by David I. Smith and James K.A. Smith (Eerdmans, 2011). He served as respondent to Peter Ochs and Eleonore Stump at an American Academy of Religion/Society of Christian Philosophers panel on scriptural hermeneutics at the annual meeting in November. Earlier that month, in Chapel Hill, N.C., he delivered the lecture “John Paul II on Art and Artists” to the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. He also spoke on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body at the annual diocesan convocation; Gerard Manley Hopkins and Flannery O’Connor at the Lilly Foundation’s Graduate Fellows Program in Indianapolis, Ind.; and the current state of play in the academic study of religion at a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar for college teachers, held in Charlottesville, Va.
STEPHEN GUNTER presented a plenary address, “The Absence of Arminius in Wesleyan-Arminian Theology,” at “Rethinking Arminius: Wesleyan and Reformed Theology for the Church Today,” a conference of the Wesleyan Center, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Feb. 24-25. He also led Bible studies on “Sin and Sanctification in Romans 8” at the National Congress on Evangelism in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 4-6.
RICHARD HAYS delivered a paper “Critical Response to Feldmeier and Spieckermann, God of the Living” and participated in a panel on Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (edited by B.R. Gaventa and R.B. Hays) in dialogue with Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus (edited by D. Bock and R. Webb) at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in November. He presented the Chuen King Lectures at Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Oct. 17-21, and six lectures on “Israel’s Scriptures through the Eyes of the Gospel Writers” Jan. 16-26 as part of the Gunning Lectures at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity. Hays preached at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, New York City, in March, and at the Maundy Thursday service at King’s College, Cambridge, England.
RICHARD HEITZENRATER published two articles in Church History: “Inventing Church History,” his presidential address at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Society of Church History in Boston; and "One Hundred Years of Church History,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Duke Divinity School at its Convocation & Pastors’ School in October, where he also presented a workshop on “The Arts and Christianity.”
STANLEY HAUERWAS delivered “Sacrificing the Sacrifices of War” at West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon), the Carondelet Lecture at Fontbonne University (St. Louis, Mo.), and “Suffering Presence: Twenty-five Years Later” at the Lupina Center for Spirituality, Healthcare and Ethics at Regis College (Toronto) this past fall. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva and installed as Canon Theologian at Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, Tenn. In February he presented the Staley Lecture at Campbell University (Buies Creek, N.C.) and spoke at Saint Louis University. He delivered “Suffering Presence: Twenty-five Years Later” as the Christ and Culture Lecture at Canisius College, Buffalo, in March, and “America’s God” as part of the Richard O. and Cindy F. Connell Lecture Series at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., in April.
CRAIG HILL produced and edited three clergy education courses published in 2011 by the Wesley Ministry Network: “Methodist History,” “Methodist Doctrine,” and “Methodist Evangelism.” A fourth, “Methodist Identity,” was published in February.
WARREN KINGHORN co-presented (with Allen Verhey) a paper on “Medicine in Apocalyptic Context” at a Practice and Profession Symposium at the University of Chicago in November; participated that same month in a plenary panel on “Exploring the Moral Landscape: Military, Theological, and Academic Intersections” at the After the Yellow Ribbon conference organized by Duke Divinity School students; and in January presented the paper “Combat Trauma and Moral Fragmentation: A Theological Analysis of ‘Moral Injury’” at the Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, Washington, D.C.
RICHARD LISCHER is serving as appointed chair of the search committee for a new dean of Duke Chapel. He interviewed novelist Marilynne Robinson during Convocation & Pastors’ School at Duke Divinity School.
ROGER LOYD was elected by the Durham City Council to serve as a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, which advises the city and county governments about housing and community development needs. He will serve a three-year term, continuing his involvement in issues related to homelessness in Durham.
RANDY MADDOX published “John Wesley on the Bible” in The Bible Tells Me So (SacraSage Press, 2011) and “Methodist Theology” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (2011).
G. SUJIN PAK published a review article surveying four books on the history of Christmas in the “Christmas and Epiphany” special issue of Christian Reflection. She presented a paper entitled “Lutheran and Reformed Readings of Prophecy in the Sixteenth Century: Interpretation of the Minor Prophets and Confessional Identity” at the annual conference of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, held Oct. 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. In April she gave a paper on the history of the interpretation of Genesis 1 as part of the “Biblical Faith in an Age of Science” colloquium at North Carolina State University, and she taught the introductory church history course for the Spiritual Leadership Institute for Volunteers of America.
ANATHEA PORTIER-YOUNG contributed entries on “Daniel,” “1 Maccabees,” and “2 Maccabees” to the recently published Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic, 2011). At the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in November, she gave the panel presentation “The Future of Biblical Studies: What Research Still Needs to Be Done?” and responded to a panel review of her book Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism. In February she participated in the Old Testament Colloquium at St. John’s University and presented a paper for the Yale Workshop in Ancient Judaism entitled “Politics and Poetics of Space, Place, and Mobility in Daniel: Apocalypticism and Spatial Imagination.” She began a two-year term as consultor on the executive board of the Catholic Biblical Association in the fall, and on Jan. 1 began a term as an associate editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
CHRIS RICE gave the keynote address at “Changing Faces: Cultural Competency, Diversity, and Reconciliation,” a conference sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. In October he gave the Christian Moral Formation Lectures at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) on the themes “Mission, Justice, and Holiness: A Crossroads in Christian History” and “The Pilgrimage to Transformation.” He traveled to Romania, Poland, and North Korea as part of the Center for Reconciliation’s expanding international vision for reconciliation. In December he graduated from the year-long Duke Leadership Academy.
DAVID STEINMETZ, since retiring from Duke in 2009, has held the MacDonald Chair in History at Emory University and received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Society of Church History (2010). He has also revised and added five new chapters to Calvin in Context (Oxford, 2010) and published a new volume of essays, Taking the Long View (Oxford, 2011).
ALLEN VERHEY published The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus (Eerdmans, 2011) and served as associate editor for Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic, 2011). In November he presented an invited paper on the Ars Moriendi at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theology Society in San Francisco. At the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting he chaired a session on Scripture and ethics and contributed to a panel discussion of the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. He presented again on the Ars Moriendi to the Interest Group on Bioethics at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in January, where he was also elected vice president of the Society. In March he delivered “Would Jesus Get Tenure?” at the Davidson College Conference on Reformed Theology and Education, and “Remembering Jesus: Scripture, Christian Community, and the Moral Life” at the Christian Life Commission Meeting in Dallas, Texas.
GEOFFREY WAINWRIGHT’s book Embracing Purpose: Essays on God, the World and the Church, first issued in a British edition by Epworth Press, was released by Wipf and Stock in a U.S. edition in April. In July and August 2011 he traveled to South Africa, where he taught at Stellenbosch University and participated in the meetings of the World Methodist Council and Conference in Durban. He also attended the congress of the international Societas Liturgica in Reims, France.
LACEYE WARNER preached “Advent Jubilee” at The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island, N.C., on Dec. 11, and served as Bible study leader for the 2012 Perkins School of Youth Ministry, held Jan. 9-12 at First UMC Richardson, Texas.
SAMUEL WELLS published What Episcopalians Believe: An Introduction (Church Publishing) and its English twin, What Anglicans Believe: An Introduction (SCM/Canterbury Press), in October, and Be Not Afraid (Brazos) in November. His book God’s Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics was published in Mandarin (trans. Chen Choi; Christopher Publishing House, 2011). He gave four addresses on “Living Leadership” at the Ely diocesan clergy conference in Swanwick, England, in October. In November, Wells keynoted the “Bonhoeffer for the Coming Generations” conference at Union Seminary, New York City, and the Anglican 1000 worship conference in Durham, N.C., and served as theologian-in-residence at First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas. He preached in January at the Memorial Church, Harvard University, and in March at Washington National Cathedral and the Convention of Endowed Episcopal Parishes in Charlotte. Wells gave invited lectures at Vanderbilt University (Veritas Forum) in February, and at Ferrum College (Va.) and the Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, Texas) in March.
BRITTANY WILSON was named a 2012 Regional Scholar by the Society of Biblical Literature for her paper “An Incapacitating Encounter: The Blinding of Paul and the Power of God in Acts 9.” She also delivered a paper, “Neither Male nor Female: The Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:25-40) and the Intersection of Greco-Roman Masculinity,” at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in San Francisco.
NORMAN WIRZBA published “A Priestly Approach to Environmental Theology: Learning to Receive and Give Again the Gifts of Creation” in Dialog: A Journal of Theology; and “Preaching and Teaching ‘Good News’ in the Time of Climate Change” in Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth’s Climate, edited by Mallory McDuff (New Society Publishers, 2012). His book Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating (Cambridge University Press, 2011) was voted “Book of the Year” by the Englewood Review of Books. He presented “Sabbath Keeping: A Matter of Life or Death?” at Bluffton University, Ohio (Nov. 1); the annual Scholar-in-Residence lectures on “Reconciliation with Creation” at Union University, Jackson, Tenn. (Feb. 14-17); the lectures “Living in God’s Garden World” at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Va. (Feb. 21); “Eating as a Spiritual Act” at Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas (March 10); the Ingram Lectures at Memphis Theological Seminary, Tenn., on “Environmental Justice and the Church” (March 28-29); and “The Art of Being a Creature” at the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology meeting in Los Angeles, Calif. (April 21).