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Leaders Gather in Central Africa

Four representatives of the Duke Center for Reconciliation traveled to central Africa in November to develop strategies with African partners for strengthening the church’s work and witness in addressing a variety of destructive social conflicts.

The Duke contingent included Center co-directors Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice, as well as Nancy Rich, chair of the center’s board, and Ph.D. student John Kiess. They joined about 40 African Christian leaders in Kampala, Uganda, from Nov. 15-17, including participants from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Congo and southern Sudan.

Photo courtesy of Center for Reconciliation
  Members of the Duke delegation to Kampala were Emmanuel Katongole (with members of his family, including his mother, seated, center, niece & nephew), Nancy Rich, John Kiess and Chris Rice.

“Those gathering in Kampala offer remarkable signs of hope — Christian witnesses working in very difficult places of struggle and violence,” says Katongole, a native of Uganda and associate research professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke Divinity School.

“Our purpose is to build community by hearing one another’s stories and to think more deeply about how to strengthen the church’s work for peace and reconciliation in a geography that has suffered so much.”

The Center, a program of Duke Divinity School, is working with the Mennonite Central Committee, World Vision International, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, and the Global Network for Reconciliation.

To learn more, visit the Center for Reconciliation Website.

African Americans & End of Life

A new resource for end-of-life decision-making and caregiving unique to African-American patients, families and communities is now available at the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life Website.

“Key Topics on End-of-Life Care” features African-American spiritual, sociological and cultural perspectives on death and dying.

Authors are experts in delivering quality end-of-life care to African-American patients and families.

Coming ICEOL conferences in Durham include: In Life and in Death We Belong to God, March 13-14, offered in conjunction with the Presbyterian Church USA, and Magnified & Sanctified: Jewish Perspectives on End of Life, May 30-31.

For more information, e-mail

Alumni Access ATLAS

The Divinity School Library now offers alumni password-protected access to the ATLAS database.

ATLAS provides full-text articles for 80 major religion and theology journals from as early as 1924 to the present.

Titles include such journals as Christian Century, Interpretation, Journal of Biblical Literature, Sociology of Religion, Theological Studies and Worship.

The new service is funded through The Henry Harrison Jordan Memorial Fund.

To register for password-protected access, go to the Duke Divinity School Library Website.

Seven Join Board of Visitors

Seven newcomers have joined The Divinity School’s 33-member Board of Visitors, which meets at Duke twice yearly and is chaired by James A. Harnish of Tampa, Fla.

Kevin R. Armstrong D’85 of Indianapolis, Ind., is senior minister at North United Methodist Church. His focus has been on practical ministry and community outreach, and he has been the director of several major teaching projects and author of articles and books in the field. He serves on boards for the Louisville Institute and the Mental Health Association of Marion County.

Deborah Johnson Bennett of Charlotte, N.C., is active with the Junior League and as a Stephen Minister at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. She attends Cashiers United Methodist Church during the summer and serves as chair of the Cashiers-
Highlands Humane Society.

Christopher R. Donald D’06 is associate pastor at Reveille United Methodist Church in Richmond, Va. Chris taught sixth-grade reading for two years in Baton Rouge with “Teach for America” and is an international traveler. He has been active with the Appalachian Service Project and campus ministries.

William E. Eason Jr. of Saint Simons Island, Ga., retired as general counsel and senior vice president from Scientific Atlanta Inc., a digital cable delivery company. He holds two degrees from Duke University: A.B., 1965; J.D., 1967. He is the former general counsel for the Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority.

Patricia A. Garland is vice president of corporate communications for Estes Express Lines, an international trucking firm based in Richmond, Va. She has served on the executive board for the Baptist House of Studies at Duke, and she enjoys gardening and jet boating.

Todd W. Mansfield is president and CEO of Crosland Inc., a real estate investment and development firm in Charlotte, N.C. He is vice chairman and a trustee for the Urban Land Institute and chairman of the N.C. chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He is active in the ministries of Myers Park United Methodist Church.

William W. McCutchen Jr. of Westport, Conn., recently retired as a professor of management at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York, where he specialized in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He formerly directed corporate communications at Eli Lilly, including leadership in Australia and New Zealand. He is an active lay member of Greens Farms Congregational Church with a particular interest in missions in India.

Pipe Organ Casting Begins

Photo illustration courtesy of Richards, Fowkes, & Co.

The new pipe organ for Goodson Chapel, made possible by a gift from Katie and Aubrey McClendon, is entering the final stages of design.

The firm of Richards, Fowkes, & Co. of Ooltewah, Tenn., (near Chattanooga) has cast metal for the first of what will be more than 1,800 pipes, and details for interior and exterior design are nearing completion.

The illustration above, with a computer-assisted drawing of the organ case, shows how the organ, slated for installation in 2008, will look in Goodson Chapel.

Architects, SKANSKA Win Awards for Addition

Hartman-Cox Architects has received an American Institute of Architects Award of Merit in Architecture and an International Religious Art and Architecture Award from Faith and Form/IFRAA for its design of Duke Divinity School’s addition, which was dedicated Oct. 11, 2005.

SKANSKA, which served as general contractor for the 53,000 square-foot addition and renovation, was honored with the 2005 Edge Award from Triangle Business Journal in the General Contractor Category.