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Dedication of New Addition Highlights 2005 Pastors' School


Alumni, friends, faculty, students and staff gathered on Oct. 11, 2005, for the dedication of the Westbrook Building and Goodson Chapel, as well as the naming of the Langford Building.

Dean L. Gregory Jones, Director of Special Programs Susan Pendleton Jones, and Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead delivered litanies for the dedications and building naming. Former Dean Dennis Campbell participated as presiding minister.

Groundbreaking on the 53,000-square-foot addition and renovation project was Nov. 10, 2001, and the new space came into regular use at the beginning of the 2005-06 school year.

Jones to Serve Third Term


L. Gregory Jones has accepted an invitation for a third five-year term as dean of Duke Divinity School. His reappointment, which is on the agenda for formal approval at the university's Board of Trustees' February meeting, was announced Jan. 12 by Provost Peter Lange.

Jones' tenure, which began in 1997, has been marked by the creation of significant initiatives and programs as well as the growth of the school's faculty and facilities. In his third term, Jones said he plans to continue developing efforts to strengthen the quality of Christian ministry and to form pastoral leaders, while also advancing initiatives in end-of-life care and peacemaking.

One sign of Duke Divinity School's new scholarly endeavors is the doctoral program in theology, which was recently appoved by the Duke University Board of Trustees. ” This indicates students' growing interest in intensively studying the ministries and practices of Christian communities and their impact in the world,“ said Jones.

Jones hopes to admit 12-15 students per year to the Th.D. program, with students typically completing the program within four to five years.

”We are excited about the creative potential for the Th.D. program as a resource for seminaries and other Christian institutions,“ Jones said.

Center for Reconciliation Launched



The 2005 Convocation & Pastors' School included the official launch of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.

Led by Co-Directors Chris Rice D'05 and Associate Research Professor of Theology and World Christianity Emmanuel Katongole, the center is dedicated to reconciliation of a wide range of conflicts at local, regional, national and international levels through leadership development, research and outreach programs.

Pinsky is First Media Fellow

Mark Pinsky T'70, religion reporter for the Orlando Sentinel and author of two books on religion and popular culture, is Duke Divinity School's first divinity media fellow.


Pinsky will spend four weeks during the spring semester at Duke, where he will have the opportunity to attend divinity school classes and meet one-on-one and in small groups with professors.

Pinsky also will be enrolled in the Media Fellows Program of Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, a program at Duke for mid-career journalists from around the world.

Pinsky is the author of The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust and The Gospel According to the Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family. His next book, A Jew Among the Evangelicals: Immersed in Sunbelt Christianity, will be published in late 2006.

To learn more about the divinity media fellows program, visit http://www.divinity.duke.edu/news/media-fellows

Traveling Exhibit at Divinity Library

A traveling exhibition of The Saint John's Bible, the first handwritten illuminated Bible in the modern era, will be at Duke Divinity School Library Feb. 13 - March 13.

Commissioned by Saint John's Abbey and University, it is being created by a group of scribes and artists in a scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world's foremost calligraphers.

When completed in 2007, the Bible will have a permanent home at Saint John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn.

The Saint John's Bible is incorporating many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors: It is being written on vellum using quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gild such as gold leaf, silver leaf and platinum. It is employing the modern, English translation the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), as well as contemporary scripts and illumination.

The traveling exhibit features seven framed reproduction prints and a didactic panel. Included are: Creation, Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Psalms Book V Frontispiece, Matthew Frontispiece - The Genealogy of Christ, Luke Frontispiece - The Birth of Christ, and John Frontispiece - Christ Our Light.

For more information, contact Roger Loyd, librarian at 919-660-3452 or roger.loyd@duke.edu.

Five Join Board of Visitors

The Divinity School Board of Visitors, a group of 36 advisors representing the diverse communities served, meets twice annually to consider matters of policy, finance, and strategic planning for the Divinity School. The newest class was welcomed at the Sept. 22-23 meeting by Chairman James Harnish of Tampa, Fla.


Justin K. Coleman of Chapel Hill, N.C., is the associate pastor of University United Methodist Church. A native of Houston, Texas, he is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Duke Divinity School (2005). He worked previously with youth ministries positions and the SMU Wesley Foundation. Wesleyan College, the M..Div. and Th..M. degrees at Duke Divinity School, and the Ed. D. degree at N.C. State University. Prior to his present appointment, Paul served parishes across eastern North Carolina and was the superintendent of the Goldsboro District. He is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a past Rotary Club president.


Deborah Iley Hodde of Charlotte, N.C., is an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church where she chairs the music committee, serves as a Stephen minister and hospice volunteer, and is a church musician. She has also served on the board of The Family Center, helping abused and neglected children and as a counselor for newly-diagnosed cancer patients.


William H. Lamar IV of Jacksonville, Fla., is pastor of New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Born in Macon, Ga., Bill earned degrees from Florida A&M University and Duke Divinity School. Prior to his present position, he served parishes in Monticello and Orlando. He is active on the boards for the Interchurch Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment; Learn to Read; the New Town Learning Center, Inc.; and the board of examiners for the East Conference, 11th District of the AME Church.


Paul L. Leeland of Raleigh, N.C., is assistant to the bishop and director of ministerial relations for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. A native of Washington, D.C., he earned the B.A. degree at N.C. Wesleyan College, the M..Div. and Th..M. degrees at Duke Divinity School, and the Ed. D. degree at N.C. State University. Prior to his present appointment, Paul served parishes across eastern North Carolina and was the superintendent of the Goldsboro District. He is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a past Rotary Club president.


Robert C. Scott of San Antonio, Texas, is an attorney with Tinsman, Scott & Sciano Inc. and a partner in an oil and gas exploration business. Born in Picher, Okla., Bob earned his bachelor's degree at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and the J.D. degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Keeton Fellow. He also served in the United States Navy and as an adjunct professor at St. Mary's University School of Law. Bob is a Sunday school teacher at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church where he has chaired the administrative board and the building committee.

Embodying Reconciliation

An excerpt from “Practice Resurrection,” a sermon by Dean L. Gregory Jones at the 79th Opening Convocation of Duke Divinity School on Aug. 30, 2005. This was the first in the “Art as Evangelism” Preaching Series during Fall 2005.

There are three figures in this story, beautifully displayed in the sculpture now out on the terrace. And it's only as we see all three figures in their complexity and in their interrelation that we discover why this goes to the heart of the gospel and the ministry of this divinity school. There is good news to share.

Margaret Adams Parker 2005

Luke 15 Bronze Sculpture

In the sculpture, the younger son is kneeling next to his father. The father has his arm around the younger son. The younger son is exhausted, worn out, relieved. He's back home, he's thankful – his arm reaching out and around and settling on his father's heart. . Reconciliation, the gift, has been achieved, a sign of the good news of the gospel, the hope for new life.

And yet, that frail father's attention is not focused on his younger son, but on his older son, a tall strapping young man in boots, jeans, with his arms crossed, his face looking away as if to say, “It's not that easy. I'm not so sure."

But the father refuses to allow the older brother to distance himself. His arm is outstretched on those crossed arms of the older brother. The older brother's body is taut, tense, angry, bitter. It's not at all clear what will happen next.

As you move around the sculpture, you can look at it from multiple angles, from the perspectives of all three. You can get down on your knees yourself to see the exhausted, relieved embrace of the younger son. But it's in the sculpture, in its inter-relations, that we discover both the gift of good news and the task of brokenness not yet healed, of witness yet to be offered.

And so we gather as a divinity school to start another year. The reason we can gather here is because of God's reconciling work in Jesus Christ—the ways in which we have experienced that definitive “yes” in Jesus Christ. For the sake of the world, in your life and in my life, and our response of a “yes” to the claim God has made on us and the ways in which we want to be signs of hope, new life and reconciliation to others. It's what brings us here, gives us our reason for being.

The urgency of our task—of faithful study, of worship and prayer and spiritual formation, of service and ministry and witness in the world—is because there still is brokenness in the world to be addressed. There still is reconciling work to be witness to. There is still a faithful life to be lived. People are yearning like that father in the sculpture for reconciliation, for hope, for new life.


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