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David Arcus led workshops, conducted master classes, and gave a recital at the 32nd annual Church Music Workshop in Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 6-7. He performed keyboard music by Georg Böhm at his annual organ recital in Duke Chapel on Feb. 29 and performed a program in Glenside, Pa., on April 30.

On March 22, he and his wife, Robin Townsley Arcus D’91, led sessions on spirituality and creative writing at a divinity school Spiritual Formation Retreat. That evening he conducted a workshop for the Central Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on improvisation and playing for worship services. Arcus was organist for the North Carolina Symphony’s Feb. 20-22 performances of Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and The Planets by Gustav Holst. He also played organ in Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis and piano in Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms in the Duke Chapel Choir’s annual Spring Oratorio, April 3.

Michael Battle served as spiritual director for the new Episcopal bishops at the Solomon Conference Center in New Orleans, La., Jan. 5-7, and as retreat leader Feb. 1 for “Inhabiting Reconciliation” with the clergy of the diocese of Los Angeles. He gave the keynote address for “Reconciliation in the Anglican Communion” at the diocese of Georgia, Feb. 5, and delivered the lecture “Spirituality of Peacemaking” at the Franciscan Retreat Center, Boston, Mass., Feb.11.

Battle was speaker and Bible study leader on March 19 for the Episcopal House of Bishops in Houston, Texas. He gave the lecture “The Black Church in an Election Year” at Virginia Wesleyan College, April 22. His book, Blessed Are the Peace Makers: A Christian Spirituality of Nonviolence, was published by Mercer University Press.

Teresa Berger published “Die frühen Christinnen und ihr Gottesdienst” in Blickwechsel: Perspektiven feministischer Theologie, edited by Annegret Brauch and Peter Müller. At Duke, she is leading the Faculty Women Network, a campus-wide activist group of faculty women. In January, Berger attended the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy in New York. In February, she presented “Decoding The DaVinci Code” for Duke Chapel’s Office of Religious Life, and in early March she preached for the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer. Berger taught “An Introduction to Theology” during the Spiritual Leadership Institute of the Volunteers of America in April.

Douglas Campbell edited Gospel and Gender: A Trinitarian Engagement with being Male and Female in Christ along with consulting editor Alan Torrance for the series: Studies in Theology and Sexuality 7. He wrote the introduction, edited the collection, and contributed the essay “The Logic of Eschatology: The Implications of Paul’s Gospel for Gender as Suggested by Gal 3.28a in Context.”

Jackson Carroll spoke and led workshops at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Feb. 20-21, for the seminary’s College of Pastoral Leaders. He also represented Duke’s Pulpit & Pew project at a symposium on issues in Asian-American and Pacific Islander pastoral leadership at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, Calif., April 22-24. Research findings on which the symposium was based were made possible by a grant from Pulpit & Pew.

J. Kameron Carter has won three awards that will allow him to take a leave of absence for the 2004-05 academic year to conduct research entitled “Singing in a Strange Land: Religion and the Black Intellectual Imagination, 1896-1940.” The research is expected to lead to the publication of a book, probably to carry the same title. The awards come from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Louisville Institute and the ATS Sabbatical Grants Program.

Stephen Chapman published the article, “A Canonical Approach to Old Testament Theology? Deut. 34:10-12 and Mal. 3:22-24 as Programmatic Conclusions,” in the journal Horizons in Biblical Theology. He delivered the lecture “Reading the Bible as Witness: Divine Retribution in the Old Testament” at Baylor University on January 23. He also served as the Winter Bible Study leader at the First Baptist Church of Raleigh, preaching on January 11 and leading two midweek seminars on the Ten Commandments.

Ellen Davis gave addresses titled “Living Wisely on the Earth” at the Duke Divinity Forum on Faith, held at Sea Island, Ga., Jan. 11-14, and delivered a lecture, “What Is Prophecy?” at Georgetown University on March 31 as part of the Building Bridges Seminar, a meeting of Muslim and Christian scholars of religion, convened by the Rev. Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury. She gave the Bishop Lectures, “Healthy Materiality: The Bible and Ecology” at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., April 23-25.

Fred Edie presented a case study, “Baptism and Its Implications for Vocational Discernment in High School Youth,” to the annual forum sponsored by the Fund for Theological Education in Indianapolis, Jan. 6, and was guest lecturer at the Perkins School of Youth Ministry, Jan. 12-15. Edie was leader for “Worshiping Well: Beyond the Style Debates” at the Salisbury/Lexington District Clergy Retreat, April 23-25.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson presented “In Search of Theology for Ordinary Places” for the theology & culture workgroup at Yale Divinity School, Feb. 21, and participated in the Panel on LGBT Issues in the Classroom, sponsored by Duke’s Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life, March 26. She sat on the panel “Thirsting for Righteousness: The Industrial Areas Foundation and Localized Christian Witness,” at the divinity school, Feb. 26, and was co-author of “Christians Must Think Morally about Homosexuality” with Kathy Rudy, published in The United Methodist Reporter, Feb. 13.

McClintock Fulkerson presented “Faith Narrative of a Nice, Southern White Girl” for the religion, gender and culture workgroup at Duke’s Franklin Center, Jan. 30, and “Theology, Gender & Sexuality” at The Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, Chapel Hill, in November. She gave “Theological Response to Stephen Ray’s Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility” for the American Academy of Religion, also in November 2003.

Amy Laura Hall has been named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2004-2005 for her project “Conceiving Parenthood: The Protestant Spirit of Biotechnological Reproduction.” She spoke at the Genetics and Public Policy Center of Johns Hopkins University on preimplantation diagnosis and participated in an interfaith conversation on embryonic stem cell research in Washington, D.C. In March, Hall was one of 12 bioethicists invited to the Hastings Center in New York to discuss the future of bioethics and the role of religion in public discourse. Also in March, she presented “Life, Gratuity, and Procreation” at the University of Virginia.

She read “On Reproduction and the Irreproducible Gift: Christ, Conception, and Biotechnology” for the Kretzmann Lecture at Valparaiso University. The Center for Ethics and Public Life at King’s College, Pa., hosted Hall for a talk in April titled “Children as Interruption: Child Welfare and the Recalibration of Time.”

Richard B. Hays published “Operation Evil Power (Colossians 2:15)” in the February 2004 issue of Christianity Today. He delivered the keynote lecture “Can the Gospels Teach Us to Read the Old Testament?” for the Symposia Series at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., Jan 20. On March 22, he sat on a panel to discuss the film “The Passion of the Christ” at Judea Reform Synagogue in Durham.

At Baylor University, Hays gave the plenary lecture “The Palpable Word as Ground of Koinonia” at a conference on “Christianity and the Soul of the University,” March 25, and “How Scripture Shapes the Life of the Church” at White Plains U.M.C., in Cary, N.C., April 21. As theologian-inresidence at the National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., Hays gave a sermon and four lectures on New Testament ethics, April 25-27.

Richard P. Heitzenrater gave a paper on “Ordained Ministry in American Methodism” in Nashville at a symposium sponsored by the G.B.H.E.M., Jan. 19-21, and participated in “‘Take Authority’: A Symposium on the Future of Ordained Ministry in the United Methodist Church.” As visiting professor March 2-5 in the Hendrix- Lilly Vocations Initiative, Hendrix College, Conway, Ark., he taught two Methodism classes, led a workshop for clergy and laity, met with students, gave a public lecture and preached in chapel.

Reinhard Hütter is teaching the summer semester at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Jena in Germany where he is a guest professor of systematic and ecumenical theology. While there, he will participate in a two-day symposium linked to the 70th anniversary of the Barmen Declaration. Hütter’s topic at the symposium will be Barth’s ecumenical relevance.

L. Gregory Jones spoke on “Getting Involved with God” at the Duke Divinity Forum on Faith January 11- 14 at Sea Island, Ga. He conducted a workshop, “Theology of Cruciform Excellence,” at the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Conference, Jan. 22-23, and participated in a seminar on practical theology and Christian ministry Feb. 2-4, both in Indianapolis.

Jones traveled to Greenville, S.C., Feb. 4 and March 10 to speak on “Cruciform Excellence” at the First Baptist Church. He lectured on “Mending Lives” in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 6-7, and again on April 16 for the Sustained Learning Seminar. He delivered the Convocation Address for Sesquicentennial Founders Day held at Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 11-13. He traveled to Indianapolis for the “Festival of Faith” at 2nd Presbyterian Church Feb. 20-22 to speak on “Holy Friendships.” He also preached at these services.

In March, Jones spoke at Providence U.M.C. in Charlotte, N.C., and was keynote speaker on forgiveness at St. Matthews U.M.C. in Annandale, Va.

He spoke on “Practicing Forgiveness” and “Loving Enemies” at Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh, N.C., April 25 and May 2. His recent columns in The Christian Century were “Betting on the Truth” and “The Games We Play.”

Susan Pendleton Jones co-led a retreat entitled “Leading with the Heart” with Nancy Rich at First Baptist, Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 9-10. She co-led an Order of Elder’s gathering for the Alabama-W. Fla. Annual Conference, Feb. 12-13 with Greg Jones, and published a review of You Only Have to Die in the Circuit Rider, April 2004. She serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Western N.C. Conference.

Emmanuel Katongole published “Greeting: Beyond Reconciliation” in the Blackwell Companion for Christian Ethics, edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells, and taught a seminar class on “The Changing Face of Christianity: A View from Africa” at Duke Divinity School’s Laity Weekend, April 24.

Richard Lischer spoke at the 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast, a civic celebration in Wilson, N.C. In January, he preached at Duke Chapel, and led worship and preached at the Summative Conference of Pulpit & Pew held at the David Thomas Center at Duke University. His review of Confessing Jesus Christ by David Lose appeared in Theology Today and he wrote the introduction to Preaching for Adult Conversion by Frank Honeycutt (Abingdon Press).

Lischer’s comments on pulpit plagiarism appeared on BlackamericaWeb.com. and he is currently a consultant for Volume 6 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers project for the University of California Press.

Joel Marcus has been awarded a fellowship for the 2004-2005 academic year at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park. He will be working on a project related to the passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark, with a view to finishing his Anchor Bible commentary on that same New Testament work.

Keith Meador delivered the lecture “Christianity and Medicine” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham, Feb. 1. On March 4 he traveled to Montgomery, Ala., to speak on “Spirituality and Health in a Therapeutic Culture” for the Chapman-Benson Lecture at Huntingdon College and presented a workshop, “The Church as a Caring Community: Formation in Practices of Caring,” with local clergy.

D. Moody Smith presented and led a discussion on “John: a Source for Jesus?” at the New Testament Colloquium of Duke New Testament faculty and graduate students, Feb. 18, and participated in a celebration of the publication of Paul W. Meyer’s The Word in the World: Essays in New Testament Exegesis and Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, April 14.

J. Warren Smith will be participating in the Wabash Center Workshop for Theology School Faculty this summer. The workshop draws junior faculty at theology schools around the country to discuss pedagogy for divinity students. His particular project entitled “‘Ecclesial’ Writing in an Introductory Survey of Church History” will help prepare students to evaluate and advise each other in their analysis of early and medieval Christian texts.

Smith published “A Just and Reasonable Grief: the Death and Function of a Holy Woman in Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of Macrina” in the Spring 2004 issue of Journal of Early Christian Studies.

Peter Storey delivered his inaugural lecture as the Ruth W. & A. Morris Williams Chair of the Practice of Christian Ministry entitled “Rules of Engagement: Local Congregations in a Dangerous World” on Feb. 10. He has been appointed co-chair with Ambassador Jim Joseph of Duke University’s ongoing Colloquium on Southern Africa.

Storey wrote two books, Why Be a Methodist if You’re Not Wesleyan? to be published by Salty Print in Cape Town this year, and Listening at Golgotha: The Last Words of Jesus from the Cross, to be published by Upper Room for Lent 2005. He taught a three-day seminar titled “Preaching Costly Discipleship” for Duke’s continuing education program.

Storey preached the first three Sundays of Lent in Duke Chapel and at a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 18. He also preached in Trinity U.M.C., Durham; Annandale U.M.C., Annandale, Va.; University U.M.C., Austin, Texas; Myers Park U.M.C., Charlotte, N.C.; and St. Marks U.M.C., Seneca, S.C.

Geoffrey Wainwright spent two weeks in March teaching at the Waldensian Faculty of Theology in Rome, where he had been a student almost 40 years earlier.

Laceye C. Warner delivered the lecture “Towards a Wesleyan Discipleship” April 21 at Davidson U.M.C. in Davidson, N.C., and gave the keynote address, “Women Leaders in Methodism,” for the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries’Annual Meeting in Greensboro, N.C., April 15. She delivered the keynote lecture, “Towards a Wesleyan Evangelism,” for the Lenten Lectures at Central U.M.C., Florence, S.C., March 31; a continuing education event for the Greensboro and Statesville Districts, U.M.C., March 26-28; and the Faith Alive Lectures, First U.M.C., Sulphur Springs, Texas, March 22-23.

Warner served as consultant for the Urban Ministry Task Force Retreat March 1 at the Mississippi U.M.C. Annual Conference. She preached at Court Street U.M.C., Hattiesburg, Miss., Feb. 29, and lectured on “Towards a Wesleyan Evangelism” for the Newnham Lectures at First U.M.C., Longview, Texas, Feb. 15-16.

Will Willimon contributed meditations for “Living by the Word,” to the February 2004 issue of Christian Century. He also gave lectures to clergy at Millsaps College in February. In January, he preached at Christ U.M.C. and St. Thomas Episcopal Church, both in New York City. He spoke to clergy in Knoxville, Tenn.; at First U.M.C. in Montgomery, Ala.; at Buncombe Street U.M.C. in Greenville, S.C.; and Memorial Church, Harvard.

In March, he spoke at the National Pastors Convention in San Diego, Calif.; gave lectures at Tennessee Wesleyan College; and preached at the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn.


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