Tonya D. Armstrong presented “Black Children in Bereavement: Developing a Model of Multidisciplinary Care through Christian Faith Communities” at the Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives, June 4-7 at Concordia University, River Forest, Ill. For the Duke Youth Academy, she spoke on “The Spirit-Born Church: A Community of Care,” July 19. Armstrong presented “A Theology of Compassion for Dying Children and Their Families” at the Practical Theology Symposium held Aug. 17-19 at Duke Divinity School. The symposium was sponsored by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.
Teresa Berger completed work on a collection of meditations, stories, prayers, songs, and blessings, titled Ocean Psalms, and prepared a new course, “Contemporary Readings at the Intersection of Theology and Spirituality” for the fall semester. Berger published “Breaking Bread in a Broken World: Liturgy and Cartographies of the Real,” in Studia Liturgica 36. On July 22, the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, Berger spoke at St. Michael’s church in Cary, N.C., for a “Celebration of the Real Mary Magdalene.”
Alyson Breisch, RN, MSN, administrative director for Health and Nursing Ministries, Theology & Medicine, was elected to the national board of the Health Ministries Association as chair of Practice and Education at the group’s 17th annual national conference, which was held at Duke Divinity School June 21-25. As liaison to the national association, the event was planned by Breisch and Anne Packett, RN, MA, health ministries educator for Caring Communities.
Paul W. Chilcote participated in the Wesley Summer Seminar at Duke Divinity School in June. He completed two projects there: one related to Charles Wesley’s role as a spiritual mentor and one on the holistic vision of reconciliation in the theology of the Wesleys.
He participated in the annual meetings of the Association of Professors of Mission for the American Society of Missiology, and United Methodist Professors of Mission, held concurrently at Techny Towers, Ill., June 14-18. He taught a week-long course July 10-15 for potters, weavers, painters and songwriters titled “Praying through the Arts” at the Grunewald Guild, a center for religion and the arts near Leavenworth, Wash.
Chilcote and Dr. Roger J. Green co-authored “Methodists and the Salvation Army,” the initial report of the international dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Salvation Army. The report was approved at the World Methodist Council meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 18-19. He also served July 20-24 as a council delegate and one of three formal song-leaders in Seoul and participated in a service of prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula at the Demilitarized Zone on July 23.
He presented a paper to the World Methodist Historical Society June 22 titled “John and Charles Wesley on ‘God in Christ Reconciling.’” He published “The Integral Nature of Worship and Evangelism: Insights from the Wesleyan Tradition” in the spring issue of Asbury Journal. He officiated at the wedding of his daughter, Anna Chilcote, to Bobby Brooks, at First United Methodist Church of Oviedo, Fla., May 22 and assisted in the elder’s ordination of his wife, Janet, June 2 at the Florida Annual Conference, Lakeland, Fla.
James L. Crenshaw published “Deceitful Minds and Theological Dogma: Jeremiah 17: 5-11,” in Utopia and Dystopia in Prophetic Literature, edited by Ehud Ben Zvi, and “Love Is Stronger than Death: Intimations of Life beyond the Grave,” in Resurrection: The Origin and Future of a Biblical Doctrine, edited by James H. Charlesworth. Crenshaw attended the Aug. 5-8 conference for the Catholic Biblical Association in Chicago.
Ellen F. Davis gave the address, “Entering the Story: Teaching the Bible in the Church,” at a conference for the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology at Duke Divinity School in May, and taught “Creation” at the Duke Youth Academy in July.
Susan Eastman helped lead “Diverse Pedagogies” and a plenary session on “Working across Disciplines,” at the Wabash Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theological Faculty in Wabash, Ind., June 14-19. She published “The Foolish Father and the Economics of Grace” in The Expository Times in July.
Amy Laura Hall traveled to Chicago in May for filming with the Pew Christian Vision Project. She presented her research on scientific technology and children at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, in Durham. Hall was invited to present “Procreation, Justice, and Hospitality” at the meeting of the Southwest Texas Conference in Corpus Christi and at the 2006 FTE Conference on Ministry in Austin, Texas, during the month of June. In July, she spoke at the Duke Youth Academy and served as a facilitator for the Field Education summer program. She also gave a keynote address on abortion at the University of North Carolina Humanities Program.
In August, Hall preached at Reconciliation UMC, Durham, and presented “The Planned Obsolescence of Grandparents in Post-War, Protestant America” for a Practical Theology Symposium at Duke University. She read a paper on global health at Oxford University for the conference “Political Ethics and International Order.” Hall recently received a grant from the Child in Religion and Ethics Project and from the Center for Instructional Technology at Duke. She has been asked to serve as a core faculty member for the Duke University FOCUS program on “The Genomic Revolution.” Hall has been named as the first director of the doctor of theology degree program at Duke University.
Stanley M. Hauerwas lectured for the Catholic Theological Society in San Antonio, Texas, June 10-11; the National Health Ministries Annual Conference, Duke University, June 22; Duke Youth Academy, July 11; Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, July 26; and gave the Calvin Lectures at First Church, Fayetteville, N.C., Aug. 27.
He published “Leaving Ruins: The Gospel and Cultural Formation,” in Agendas for Australian Anglicanism: Essays in Honor of Bruce Kaye for ATF Press; “Big Problems Only Have Small Solutions: A Tribute to Tom Fox,” in Tom Fox Was My Friend, Yours, Too, edited by Chuck Fager, Kimo Press; and “How the Church Became Invisible: A Christian Reading of American Literary Traditions,” with Ralph Wood in Religion and Literature 38.
Richard B. Hays published “The Palpable Word as Ground of Koinonia,” in Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community, edited by D. V. Henry and M.D. Beaty and “The Future of Christian Biblical Scholarship,” in Nova et Vetera 4.
He presented a forum Feb. 3 on The Da Vinci Code at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. At the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J., Hays spoke March 31 on “The Identity of Jesus in the Letters of Paul,” and led a public dialogue April 25 with UNC professor Bart Ehrman titled, “Beyond the Da Vinci Code” at Duke Divinity School. For the Duke Youth Academy, he gave a July 13 plenary session on “Incarnation.”
Hays presented the keynote lecture, “Here We Have No Lasting City: New Covenantalism in Hebrews,” for a conference on “The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology” at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, July 19 and “The Paulinism of Acts, Intertextually Reconsidered,” for the July 27 SNTS Meeting: Seminar on the Reception of Paul at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
He preached at the Durham Mennonite Church on Feb. 5 and gave the sermon, “The Bread God Gives” at Duke University Chapel on Aug. 6. At St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Talahassee, Fla., Hays delivered the sermon, “Created in Christ Jesus” and the lecture, “Reading the Bible Faithfully,” on March 26. For the Adult Forum Lenten Series of the Congregation at Duke Chapel, he spoke April 9 on “How to Read the New Testament.”
Richard P. Heitzenrater published “George Whitefield and the Great Awakening,” in the March-April issue of Sacred History, and “Methodism,” in the Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices.
He helped direct the third annual Summer Wesley Seminar for four weeks during June at Duke Divinity School. A dozen faculty and doctoral students from across the United States, as well as from Brazil, England, Switzerland, Philippines, and Australia participated.
At the Southeastern Jurisdiction United Methodist Historical Society meeting at Duke in June, he presented the keynote address, “The Garber Era in the North Carolina Conference.”
Heitzenrater presented a paper at the third convocation on Wesleyan and Eastern Orthodox Spirituality at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, on “Wesleyan Ecclesiology: Methodism as a Means of Grace.” In July, he lectured on “Wesley and Sanctification” at an international symposium on sanctification held at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, and taught United Methodist Doctrine at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., during their summer session.
He was a member of the World Methodist Council in Seoul, South Korea, in July and was elected to the executive committee for the coming quinquennium. He also attended the 19th World Methodist Conference as a delegate from the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference.
L. Gregory Jones participated in a seminar on practical theology and Christian ministry with the Valparaiso Practical Theology Group in Indianapolis, Ind., May 23-25. He gave a lecture on “Health and Liturgical Practices” at the Health Ministries Association national meeting on June 22. Jones helped lead the “Episcopal Leadership Forum” for the United Methodist Bishops at Duke June 26-28, and spoke June 28 to the Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society Conference at Duke. He and Susan Pendleton Jones were delegates to the World Methodist Conference in Seoul, South Korea in July.
Jones preached at Roaring Gap, N.C., June 25; Duke Chapel on July 9; for the Duke Youth Academy opening worship, July 9; Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst, N.C., July 30; and at Christ UMC in New York City on Aug. 20. He addressed the topic “Forgiveness” in the video series “Serious Answers to Hard Questions,” published by the Wesley Ministry Network. He also published three “Faith Matters” columns in The Christian Century: “Dying Well,” “Friends,” and “Trouble Brewing.”
Randy L. Maddox was guest faculty at the Epworth Institute, where he lectured on “Wesley’s Holistic Theology of Salvation,” in Syracuse, Ind., July 9-14. He served as conference teacher at the South Indiana UMC Annual Conference, delivering plenary lectures on “Wesley on Grace” and “Wesley on Salvation” in Bloomington, Ind., June 9-10, as well as for the North Indiana UMC Annual Conference in West Lafayette, Ind., June 1-2.
Keith G. Meador has been awarded a three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation as co-principal investigator for a project titled “Religion and Health: Effects, Mechanisms, and Interpretation.” This project includes administration of a request for proposals that will help determine how religion and spirituality influence individual and community health. It will focus on the health effects of active involvement in faith communities. He also provided leadership for Theology and Medicine to host the 17th national Health Ministries Association meeting June 22-25 at Duke Divinity School. More than 450 clergy, nurses, and physicians attended. Duke Divinity School also sponsored a pre-conference titled “Formation, Flourishing, and Friendship with God.”
Richard Payne spoke on “How Spiritual Care and Medical Attention Enhances the End of Life’s Journey: How Do We Express Hope at Life’s End?” for the Hospice of Virginia and the American Hospice Foundation Annual Meeting in Richmond. In Coral Springs, Fla., he spoke at the Eighth Annual Pain Care Conference on “Pain Management and the End of Life: Pharmacological and Ethical Challenges.” In June, Payne delivered the lecture, “Living and Dying in Black and White: End of Life Issues in African-American Communities” to the Old North State Medical Society Conference in Durham, and “Pain Management; What Medical Science Tells Us: Advocacy for Palliative Care in Africa” to Advocacy for Palliative Care in Africa in Entebee, Uganda. He attended the Katrina Justice Hearing as commissioner for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference in Houston, Texas, in July.
Payne co-authored “Racial Attitudes and Health Care Disparities in African American Communities: Historical Perspectives and Implications for End-of-Life Decision Making” and “African American Perspectives on Pain, Palliative and End-of-Life Care” in Key Topics on End of Life Care for African Americans in May.
He published “Dying Well in Contemporary America: What is Required of Physicians?” in Virtual Mentor for the AMA in June. Payne, et.al., wrote “Palliative Care for Inner-City African Americans and Latinos: Patient Religious Affiliation, Underinsurance, and Pain and Symptom Attitude” for Cancer, and “Pain in Sickle Cell Disease: A Multidimensional Construct” for Renaissance of Sickle Cell Disease Research in the Genomic Era. The Orlando Sentinel ran “Prayer and the Doctor: Doctors, Prayer Each Have Role in Healing,” an op-ed by Payne in the May 30 issue.
In August, the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life sponsored “The Role of Christian Practices in End of Life Issues: Medical and Theological Foundations” a symposium of theologians, physicians and ethicists.
Thea Portier-Young delivered “From Judith’s Sword to the Red Tent: Biblical and Post-biblical Interpretations of Genesis 34” August 7 for the Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity Section of the Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting at Loyola University in Chicago. She presented “Daniel’s Theology of Time and History” for the June 23 symposium, “Historical Critical Method and Scripture, the Soul of Theology,” at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. She moderated the morning session of the symposium and, during the past year, helped with its planning.
At the Duke Youth Academy, Portier-Young spoke on “The Biblical Covenant Story” for the July 12 plenary session. She participated in the June 11-16 “Consultation on Teaching Biblical Exegesis in Theological Schools” as one of 12 biblical scholars nationwide at Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minn. The consultation is sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and will continue for a two-year period.
William K. Quick delivered “From Saddlebags to Satellites” to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Detroit Annual Conference (1856-2006) at Adrian College in May. He presented $45,600 in scholarships on June 10 to 38 students recognized as William K. Quick scholars at Metropolitan Church in Detroit.
Quick taught two classes during the Duke Summer Course of Study, and was preacher for the Bay Shore Family Camp July 29-Aug. 6 on Saginaw Bay, Mich. He led morning Bible study Aug. 28-Sept. 2 at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in Ocean Grove, N.J. This was his 25th year to preach or teach at Methodism’s oldest, continuous camp meeting.
He led a seminar Sept. 8-10 at Grace Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., on “Ministry in a Multi-Cultural World,” and preached September 24 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit, where he served from 1974-1998.
D. Moody Smith delivered “Looking for Jesus in Lent,” a series of Lenten lectures at West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro, N.C., March 8-April 5. He contrasted the centrality of the death of Jesus in the New Testament with the fictional Jesus of The Da Vinci Code and its spin-offs. Subsequently, he published “Selling a Make-believe Jesus” in the June 24 Charlotte Observer.
Smith was the Duke lecturer June 14-26 for “The Classical World of the Aegean Sea: From the Golden Age of Athens to the Emergence of Christianity,” a tour sponsored jointly with Vanderbilt and Harvard. His lectures were on the emergence of Christianity.
The sixth edition of Anatomy of the New Testament, which Smith co-authored with Robert A. Spivey and C. Clifton Black, was published Sept. 1 by Prentice Hall. This introduction to New Testament studies was first published in 1969 and has been in print continuously.
Geoffrey Wainwright attended the World Methodist Council and Conference in Seoul, South Korea, in July. As chair of the dialogue of the World Methodist Council with the Roman Catholic Church, he presented the 70-page report from the past quinquennium: “The Grace Given You in Christ: Catholics and Methodists Reflect Further on the Church.” This “Seoul Report” was received unanimously by the World Methodist Council, which authorized the continuation of the dialogue with the stated final aim of “full communion in faith, mission and sacramental life.”
The historic signing among the three partners took place in Seoul on July 23. While in Korea, Wainwright, with Karen Westerfield Tucker, led the Second International Symposium on Worship at the Graduate School of Practical Theology.
In August, he delivered the concluding plenary address at the congress of the European Societas Oecumenica in Prague on the theme of “The Exchange of Ideas and the Exchange of Gifts: ‘Ecumenical Relations in Light of Pope John Paul’s Encyclical ‘Ut Unum Sint’ and the International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue.’”
Laceye C. Warner spoke on “Calling and Gifts: Women and Ordination in Methodism” for the North Alabama UMC Annual Conference, June 1-2, and “Resurrecting the Word” at the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry, University of Georgia, April 5. She was workshop leader for “Saving Women: Reclaiming the Narratives and Practices of Evangelistic Women,” Jan. 4-5, at the Congress on Evangelism, in Nashville, Tenn.
Jo Bailey Wells published “Isaiah” in The People’s Bible Commentary with Oxford, U.K., in June. She led the pre-General Convention gathering of Episcopal Church Women in April for Province IV at Kanuga near Asheville, N.C. Wells helped lead a retreat for Duke Chapel at the Swag in Waynesville N.C., July 21-23 titled “In a Strange Land.” During August she visited Renk Bible College in Southern Sudan at the invitation of Bishop Daniel Deng Bul of Renk Diocese. She taught a course on Anglicanism to local pastors and seminarians.
Samuel Wells published God’s Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics in the Blackwell Challenges in Contemporary Theology series in June. He completed work on Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection (The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book, 2007) to be published later this year. Wells spoke at the Christian Reformed Campus Ministers conference in Champaign, Ill., in May. In July, he addressed the Ekklesia Project in Chicago and the Calvin College Seminar in Christian Scholarship on Liturgy and Politics, and with his wife, Jo, led a retreat in Waynesville, N.C., for the Friends of Duke Chapel.