Duke Divinity School

Divinity Online Edition - Spring 2006

From the Archives
Letters
News Makers
Bookmark
Gifts
Faculty & Staff Notes
Comings & Goings
Class Notes
Deaths
Coming Events
Ministry at Large
End Quotes
 

Willie Jennings Returns to Teaching, Research

Assistant Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies Willie James Jennings, who has served as academic dean at the divinity school since the summer of 1997, is stepping down from administrative duties to return to full-time scholarship and teaching.

Willie James Jennings
Willie James Jennings

A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., and an ordained Baptist minister, Jennings will begin a ”long overdue” sabbatical July 1 and return to the faculty in the fall of 2007. He teaches in the areas of systematic theology and black church and cultural studies.

Dean L. Gregory Jones has announced the following administrative changes, which also take effect in July: David Toole, administrative coordinator for academic programs and faculty services, becomes associate dean for academic administration; Professor Laceye Warner becomes associate dean for academic formation, while continuing her teaching in evangelism; Professor Randy Maddox becomes associate dean for faculty development, while continuing to teach in theology and Wesleyan studies. Professor Amy Laura Hall will direct the doctor of theology program, while continuing to teach in Christian ethics.

Steinmetz Elected to Academy of Arts & Sciences

David Steinmetz, Amos Ragan Kearns professor of the history of Christianity at Duke Divinity School, has been elected to join the 2006 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an international organization of the world’s leading scholars, scientists, artists, business people and political leaders.

David Steinmetz
David Steinmetz

Steinmetz, who came to Duke in 1971, is a specialist in the history of Christianity in the later Middle Ages and Reformation. In recent years he has concentrated on the history of biblical scholarship and learning in Europe from 1350 to 1600.

“No one has ever been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences who was not surprised and profoundly grateful,” he said. “I am certainly no exception to that rule. It is a wonderful honor to be invited to join this distinguished company.”

The academy will welcome this year’s new class at its annual induction ceremony on Oct. 7 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Divinity students at Take Back the Night during Duke’s annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week, which coincided with public accusations that three Duke lacrosse players had raped an exotic dancer during spring break at an off-campus party. Opportunities for lament and sorrow included a laying on of hands at the revivalist service preached by the Rev. Vertie Powers on March 31, and prayers for community healing led by the Rev.William Barber D'89, president of the N.C. NAACP. Barber was M.L. King Lectures preacher on April 4. Other opportunities for discussion and community prayer continued throughout the divinity school’s Women’s Week, also March 27-31, and the annual MLK observance.
Megan Morr / Duke University Photography


 Divinity students at Take Back the Night during Duke’s annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week, which coincided with public accusations that three Duke lacrosse players had raped an exotic dancer during spring break at an off-campus party. Opportunities for lament and sorrow included a laying on of hands at the revivalist service preached by the Rev. Vertie Powers on March 31, and prayers for community healing led by the Rev.William Barber D’89, president of the N.C. NAACP. Barber was M.L. King Lectures preacher on April 4. Other opportunities for discussion and community prayer continued throughout the divinity school’s Women’s Week, also March 27-31, and the annual MLK observance.

Summer of Youth

During July, Duke Divinity School will host 62 high school students from 25 states and 16 denominations at the 2006 Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation.

The rising high school juniors and seniors will live on Duke’s campus for the entire July 9-22 academy, which features lectures by 10 of the Divinity School’s most distinguished professors. The students also learn about and practice worship, participate in service, create art, and form lasting friendships as they consider the call of baptism.

The academy is staffed by 32 adults, including seven DYA alumni and 17 Duke Divinity School alumni and students.

For more information or to make a gift in support of the Duke Youth Academy, please call (919) 660-3542, e-mail duyouth@div.duke.edu, or visit theDuke Youth Academy Web site.


About | Got News? | Update Address | Back Issues | Contact Us | Home

Copyright © 2006 Duke Divinity School. All Rights Reserved
magazine@div.duke.edu:: (919) 660-3412

Duke Divinity School DIVINITY Online Edition