British Clergy Couple Joins Duke Community
The Rev. Canon Dr. Samuel Wells, priest-in-charge of
St. Mark’s Church in Cambridge, England, will become
dean of Duke Chapel in August. He succeeds the Rev.
William H. Willimon,
who was elected last
summer as a bishop
and now leads the
Conference of the
Church of England
priest, Wells, 39, has
served churches in
Newcastle, Norwich and Cambridge. He has published
numerous books and scholarly articles, including The
Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics, which he
edited with Stanley Hauerwas. His most recent book
is Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics (2004).
Jo Bailey Wells
Wells’ wife, the
Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey
Wells, holds a Ph.D.
in Old Testament from
the University of
Durham, and was
ordained in the first
wave of female priests
in England. The former
dean of Clare
she currently is a scholar and lecturer at Ridley Hall,
a seminary in Cambridge. Her responsibilities at Duke
Divinity School will include teaching and serving as
director of Anglican Studies.
First DYA Reunion: Gleaning Greens and Memories
Photo by Elizabeth Ingram
||Alumni at the first Duke Youth Academy Reunion: (l to r) Becca
Boone ’04, Jordan Gregson ’04, Jennifer Ricks ’02 and Lee
Close encounters with colossal quantities of collards, chopping
and stacking firewood, and worship in Duke Chapel awaited
alumni Feb. 11-13 at the first reunion for the Duke Youth
Academy for Christian Formation.
Sixty-six DYA alumni from across the U.S.—52 students and
14 staffers—spent the weekend on campus and at nearby Camp
Chestnut Ridge in Efland, N.C., engaged in worship, plenary
sessions, and service, which is where the collards—3,000
pounds gleaned for the N.C. Food Bank—came in.
After four summers of the two-week residential program on
Duke’s campus, DYA has approximately 220 alumni, many of
whom are now in college. Next fall, James “Hutch” Stull
DYA’01 of Maumee, Ohio, will become the first DYA alumnus
to enter the master of divinity program at Duke.
While alumni stay connected through e-mail groups where they post prayer concerns, theological questions, and discuss
Christian responses to current events, this was the first reunion. DYA sends alumni a quarterly newsletter, which
features an “Edietorial” written by Faculty Director Fred Edie.
“We hear from many alumni that they are seeking a college environment that will nurture their faith as DYA did,” said
Edie. “Others are accepting calls to ministries of teaching, missions and parish ministries.”
The fifth Duke Youth Academy will be July 10-23 at Duke. The academy began in the summer of 2000 with funding
from Lilly Endowment. Participants must be rising juniors or seniors in high school. For more information about
DYA and dates for 2006, visit the Web site at http://www.divinity.duke.edu/programs/youth/.
Author Tim Tyson at Duke Divinity School
Photo by York Wilson
||Tim Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign My Name
Vernon Tyson D’57 found himself in a divinity school classroom again, but this time his son, author and professor
Timothy Tyson G’94, was standing behind the podium. The younger Tyson’s April 5 talk about his book Blood Done Sign
My Name, inspired by his father’s ministry of racial reconciliation (cover
story, Divinity Fall 2004), was the first public event in
the new Westbrook Building.
Blood Done Sign My Name has been described as “part memoir, part history, part detective story” by
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss.
The book focuses on the 1970 “late-model lynching”
of a young black man and the racial conflagrations
that followed in its wake in Oxford, N.C.,
where Vernon Tyson was pastor of Oxford United
Timothy Tyson, who earned his Ph.D. at Duke in 1994, is
professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
During 2004-05, he was the John Hope Franklin Senior Fellow at the
National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park.
Blood Done Sign My Name is the 2005 Summer Reading Program selection
at UNC-Chapel Hill and a finalist for the 2004 National Book Critics
Circle Award. It was also among The New York Public Library’s annual
“Books to Remember”—the 25 most memorable books during 2004.