Daniel C. Arichea Jr. was elected chairperson of the recently organized Coordinator Council of the Philippines Interfaith Network for Children (PHILINC), which brings together Catholics, Protestants, Evangelicals, Muslims and other faith communities in the Philippines to advocate for children. The vice chair is a Roman Catholic bishop, and members include among others a Muslim leader and a leader of the Baha’i faith.
PHILINC, which works with UNICEF and the Philippine Council for the Welfare of Children, held a consultation in Mindanao Sept. 7-8 to discuss the effect on children of armed conflict between the government and various Islamic groups.
Arichea delivered the fifth-annual Smith Lectures Oct. 20-23 on the theme “Jesus as Paradigm: An Asian Perspective.” The Smith Lectures are an endowed lectureship with First United Methodist Church of National City in San Diego, Calif.
Tonya D. Armstrong spoke on “Integrating Pastoral Care Ministry and Behavioral Science Approaches” Oct. 5 for the Pastoral Services Department at Duke University Medical Center. She spoke Oct. 30 to the Stephen Ministry program on “Using Mental Health Professionals and Other Community Resources” at Duke Memorial
United Methodist Church.
Armstrong presented “Psychospiritual Dimensions of Dying in Children and Adolescents” on Nov. 9 at the Palliative Care Conference, which was sponsored by the Center for Palliative Care and the Institute on Care at the End of Life at Duke University Medical Center.
Teresa Berger published “‘Wisdom Has Built Her House’: Reflections on Faith, Form, and the Feminine,” in Faith & Form. With FireStream Media and a grant from the N.C. Humanities Council, Berger is currently co-producing a documentary video, “Worship—in Women’s Hands?”
In September, Berger lectured in Greenville, S.C., as part of The Divinity School’s Teaching Congregations Program, and in October, she offered a seminar during Duke’s Convocation & Pastors’ School. Berger assumed a senior position in liturgical studies at Yale Divinity School and Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music in January 2007.
Alyson Breisch was commissioned as a minister of congregational health by the Eastern North Carolina Association of the United Church of Christ on Sept. 10 at United Church of Chapel Hill, where she serves.
Kenneth L. Carder preached at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., July 16, for the 75th anniversary at the church’s present location.
He led a three-day continuing education conference for pastors on the theme, “Being Church in a Polarized World” Sept. 18-20 at Myrtle Beach, S.C. He led a weekend retreat on “A Wesleyan Understanding of Salvation” Oct. 20-22 for the John Wesley Class of Union United Methodist Church, Irmo, S.C.
Carder published “…You Visited Me: The Call to Prison Ministry, in the Oct. 3 issue of The Christian Century. He delivered “Money Matters for Methodists,” the keynote address for the Bishop’s Luncheon at the Arkansas United Methodist Foundation.
Jackson Carroll spoke and led a discussion with the board of directors of the Alban Institute in Washington, D.C., on July 15, and spoke at a book review session at Lake Junaluska, N.C., on Aug. 16. Carroll gave two addresses at a conference on his book God’s Potters at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 16, and responded in an “Author Meets Critics” session on his book at the annual meeting of the Society for Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 21.
Stephen B. Chapman published “Reclaiming Inspiration for the Bible” in Canon and Biblical Interpretation, edited by Craig Bartholomew. Chapman also contributed the “Living by the Word” feature to the Oct. 17 edition of The Christian Century. He preached “Salvation is from the Jews (Esther 7)” on Oct. 5 in Goodson Chapel, and on Nov. 20 he moderated a panel discussion on “Theological Interpretation and the Problem of the Unity of Scripture” at the Society of Biblical Literature in Washington, D.C.
Chapman sponsored The Divinity School film series “Christian Responses to Nazism and the Holocaust” throughout the fall semester. He was recently appointed to a university task force charged with “Rethinking the Faculty-in-Residence Program.”
Paul Chilcote preached the sermon “Mit Freude und Lauterem Herzen” for the Oct. 1 opening worship service at Reutlingen Theological Seminary, Germany, and delivered the inaugural lecture, “Spiritualität in Wesleyanischer Tradition,” for the seminary’s opening convocation the following day.
He delivered the Oct. 8-9 Fall Lectures, “Making Disciples in the Wesleyan Tradition,” for the Society for Wesleyan Studies of the Virginia Annual Conference, in Williamsburg, Va. The three lectures focused on “Discovering Faith: The Foundations of Discipleship,” “Learning Faith: Grace and the Sacramental,” and “Practicing Faith: Piety and Mercy in the Journey.”
With his wife, Janet, he co-led a Taizé service Oct. 11 for the Pediatric Palliative Care Conference co-sponsored by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and the Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care.
He presided at the 17th Annual Meeting of The Charles Wesley Society Oct. 13-15 at the Emmanuel College, Toronto, during the “Charles Wesley: Born in Song” conference, which was co-sponsored with the Canadian Methodist Historical Society and the Hymn Society of Canada, Ontario Branch. He preached the sermon “Love’s Food for the Journey” Oct. 15 at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church.
He co-led the Oct. 22 closing session of “Recapturing the Wesleys’ Vision” study at University UMC in Chapel Hill, and participated in the Oct. 27-29 meeting of the United Methodist Professors of Evangelism at the Foundation for Evangelism, Lake Junaluska, N.C.
In November, he taught the three-part course “Life-Shaping Spirituality: Lessons from Early Methodism” for the Duke Lay Academy at Epworth UMC, Durham, and performed the Schubert Mass in E Flat with the Choral Society of Durham and the North Carolina Symphony at Duke Chapel and Meymandi Center, Raleigh, Nov. 16-18.
He performed Bach’s Magnificat and German Christmas Carol concert Dec. 9-10 with the Choral Society of Durham in Duke Chapel. He published “Grace Upon Grace: Charles Wesley as Spiritual Mentor,” in Circuit Rider 30, 5(September/October 2006): 7-8.Chilcote is planning a July 31-Aug. 10, 2007, pilgrimage in England to mark the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley’s birth. The event is sponsored by Duke Divinity School and the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.
James L. Crenshaw recently published Prophets, Sages, & Poets with Chalice Press. He gave the McGee Lecture, “The Reciprocating Touch: Knowledge of God in Wisdom Literature,” at Baylor University on Oct. 2. He also spoke to the Old Testament Colloquium on “From the Mundane to the Sublime: Reflections on Qoheleth 11:1-8.”
Crenshaw delivered the lecture “Sipping from the Cup of Wisdom: Jesus and Ancient Jewish Wisdom Traditions” on Oct. 3 at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.
With Thomas Krueger, Michael V. Fox, Katharine Dell and Leo Perdue, Crenshaw appeared on a panel discussing the social location of Qoheleth at the annual meeting of the national AAR/SBL, Nov. 17-21, in Washington, D.C.
Ellen Davis has received a Christian Faith and Life Grant from the Louisville Institute. In October and November, she delivered “Remembering the Land: Reading the Bible through Agrarian Eyes” for the Hulsean Lectures to the divinity faculty at Cambridge University. She also gave lectures and faculty seminars at the universities of Oxford, Durham and Edinburgh.
James M. Efird was the Judy Matthews Lecturer at First UMC in Missouri City, Texas, in October. He officially retired from the faculty of Duke Divinity School on Dec. 31, culminating five decades of outstanding teaching and research. He continues to teach in The Divinity School’s Center for Continuing Education Learning for Life Program.
Mary McClintock Fulkerson delivered the lecture “The Academy and Public Intellectuals” at a meeting of the A.B. Duke Scholars in October, and hosted a reception to introduce the Gender, Theology and Ministry Certificate Program at the Fall Divinity School Convocation on Oct. 11.
She participated in two seminars on Race and the Reformed Tradition sponsored by the Institute of Reformed Theology at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., Sept. 14-16, and Nov. 2-4.
McClintock Fulkerson was interviewed by The Other Journal: an Intersection of Theology and Culture concerning “Language, Sexuality, and Gender in the Church.” The United Methodist Women at Asbury Temple UMC, Durham, awarded her “Special Mission Recognition” on Nov. 12.
Stanley Hauerwas published “Seeing Darkness, Hearing Silence: Augustine’s Account of Evil” in Naming Evil, Judging Evil, edited by Ruth Grant from University of Chicago Press; “The Truth About God: The Decalogue as Condition for Truthful Speech,” in The Doctrine of God in Theological Ethics, edited by Alan Torrance and Michael Banner, T&T Clark International; “Ordinary Time: A Tribute to Rowan Williams” in Virginia Seminary Journal; and “Recommendation of Yoder’s, The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited” in the Winter issue of Review & Expositor.
He delivered the Calvin Lectures on Aug. 27 at First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, N.C. He lectured at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, on Sept. 10, and on the following day, he was featured at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in “A Day with Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas: Conversations on Disability, Friendship and Being Human.”
Hauerwas gave the Cuthbert E. Allen Memorial Lecture for the Ecumenical Institute of the Carolinas on Oct. 1 at Belmont Abbey. He gave the Redding Lecture on Oct. 3 at Georgetown College, Ky., and lectured at the Luther Theological Seminary on Oct. 25.
He spoke at Villanova University Oct. 26-27; at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, Canada, Nov. 5-6; and gave the Campbell Lecture at the University of Mississippi on Nov. 27.
Richard B. Hays led “Faith and the Faculty: On Keeping Theological Education Theological,” a two-day faculty development seminar Sept. 15-16 for the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md.
He delivered “The New Testament Witness for Peacemaking” at a conference on “Building a Wesleyan Theology of Peace for the 21st Century” in San Francisco, Calif., on Sept. 29, and “On Biblical Authority,” Oct. 8 at St. Peter’s UMC in Morehead City, N.C. On Oct. 19, he was on the panel for “The Genocide in Sudan: A Theological Response” at Duke Divinity School.
He gave the Prevatte Biblical Studies Lectures Oct. 23-24 at Campbell University Divinity School on “Reading the Old Testament through the Eyes of the Gospel Writers” at Buies Creek, N.C., and “Embracing the Christian Story” for the President’s Symposium Lecture Series Nov. 6-7 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.
Hays delivered three papers at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Washington, D.C.: “Can Narrative Criticism Recover the Unity of Scripture?” on Nov. 18 for the Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture Group; “Human Rights in the Bible? Some Critical Questions” on Nov. 19 for the special session on “A Brave New World? The Politics of Biblical Authority and Individual Human Rights in the 21st Century”; and “‘Obeying the Commandments of God?’ How Do the New Testament’s Readings of the Story of Israel Shape Christian Ethics?” on Nov. 20 for the Character Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Group.
L. Gregory Jones delivered the lecture “Forgiveness and the Challenge of Loving Enemies” for the Breaking Bread series at Notre Dame on Sept. 26, and “The Practice of Ministry and Your Understanding of God” for the Probationers’ Seminar at Duke on Sept. 28.
He taught a course on “Cultivating Excellence in Pastoral Ministry” during the Divinity School’s Convocation & Pastors’ School on Oct. 9, and was the guest lecturer at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, on Oct. 15. He served as a theological resource for the United Methodist Bishops’ Task Force on Unity in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 17-18, and addressed the “Imagine Indiana” Committee of the Indiana area of the United Methodist Church, Nov. 19-20.
Jones spoke on “Excellence in Christian Life and Ministry” at the Charlotte District Clergy meeting, Sept. 6. He and Susan Pendleton Jones led the Holston Conference Clergy Gathering “Keeping Watch over the Flock: Healthy Clergy Leadership” on Oct. 23-24 in Bristol, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn. He spoke at the 20th anniversary of Resurrection United Methodist Church in Durham on Dec. 3, and preached at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in Texas on Dec. 10.
Jones published an op-ed article, “An Amish Grandfather’s Lesson of Forgiveness,” in the Oct. 7 issue of The Charlotte Observer, and “Dreams and Strategies” Oct.17 and “Slow-motion Grace” Dec.12, both for the “Faith Matters” column of The Christian Century.
Emmanuel Katongole spoke on “AIDS, Africa, and the Age of Miraculous Medicine: Naming the Silences” at the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, International Cross-Cultural Conference for the Catholic Theological Ethicists, Padua, Italy, July 8-11. He led a workshop on reconciliation at the annual Christian Community Development Association convention in Philadelphia, Sept. 28-29.
He attended the Oct. 5-7 board meeting of the Word Made Flesh and led a book discussion on Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and A Man of the People.
He spoke Oct. 8 on “The Church on a Journey: Lessons along the Way” at the Beggars Society in Omaha, Neb.
Katongole spoke on “HIV/AIDS in Africa, the Church and the Politics of Interruption” at the Oct. 23-25 International Ecumenical Symposium on Salvation and Liberation in Africa at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and on “The Church and the Ministry of Reconciliation” at the City Seminary of New York Fall Conference on Urban Ministry Dec. 2 at New Song Community Church, Harlem, N.Y. He led a workshop on “Theology through the Lens of AIDS” at the Dec. 27-31 Urbana Missions Conference in St. Louis, Mo.
Roger L. Loyd published “The Theological Librarian as Educator”
in A Broadening Conversation: Classic Readings in Theological Librarianship, edited by David Stewart and Melody Layton McMahon, from Scarecrow Press.
Randy L. Maddox lectured on “Wesley’s Wisdom on Holistic Salvation” for a Wesley Heritage Celebration at Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., on Oct. 23, and taught a seminar on “Wesleyan Wisdom on the Pastor as Theologian” at The Divinity School’s Oct. 9-11 Convocation & Pastors’ School.
He delivered the inaugural address for the Sept. 20 opening of the Wesley House of Studies, North American Baptist Seminary, Sioux Falls, S.D. At the conference on “Christology and Ministry to the World,” he gave lectures on “Wesleyan Emphases in Understanding Jesus Christ” and “Living Together in Catholic Spirit.” The Sept. 19 conference was sponsored by the East and West Ohio conferences, UMC, and the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious concerns, UMC, at Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio in Columbus.
Keith G. Meador led a plenary session on “Why People of Faith Should Care” for the Critical Issues Seminar on Health Care sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches in Asheville, N.C., on Sept. 30 and in Durham on Oct. 26.
He presented “Religion and Health: Theological Limits and Concerns” for a symposium at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 27.
Meador published “Spirituality and Care at the End of Life” in the Southern Medical Journal, and contributed a chapter titled “An Illusion of the Future: Temptations and Possibilities” in the three-volume book, Where God and Science Meet, edited by Patrick McNamara.
Richard Payne was appointed professor of medicine at Duke Medical School in July.
He was awarded the John J. Bonica Lectureship Award from the Eastern Pain Association for excellence in caring for patients with pain in New York City. His Sept 29th lecture was titled “What is Compassionate Pain Care in the 21st Century? Is the Good Samaritan an Oxymoron in 21st Century Health Care?”
Payne lectured Sept. 11 on “A National Strategy to Improve Access and Quality of Hospice and End of Life Care for African Americans” at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Management and Leadership Conference in New York.
On Sept. 14, he lectured on “Pain Management—The Basics & Counter Pain Issues” at the King Pharmaceutical Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
Payne spoke Sept. 18 for Faith, Hope & Hospice: Embracing Hospice and the American Hospice Foundation in Atlanta on “Project 2010: A Natural Agenda for End-of-Life Care in the African American Community.” On Sept. 26, he presented “Pain Management: What Do You Need to Know?” for a Project Compassion event at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
He lectured on “Professionalism, Hippocratic Oath and Pain Medicine” at the Chronic Pain Network Consultants meeting in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 10 and “Opioid Analgesics in Pain Management: Contemporary Issues” at the National Pain Forum in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov. 17.
At Duke, he taught “Overview of Cancer Pain” for the Duke University Pain Course on Sept. 13 at the Medical Center; “Pastoral Conversations at Life’s End” for Convocation & Pastors’ School, Oct. 9-11; and two sessions for the AIDS Faculty Seminar at The Divinity School on Nov. 29: “What is the Price of Medical Progress?” and “Is there a Human Right to the Relief of Pain and Suffering? Lessons from AIDS in Africa.”
Anathea Portier-Young taught a two-day seminar on “Wrestling with God: Jacob, Moses, Jonah, and Job” for Convocation & Pastors’ School, Oct. 9-11, and “Introduction to Sacred Scripture” for the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh Deacon Formation Program in Raleigh, Nov. 4-5. She attended the Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18-21, where she moderated a Nov. 20 session for the Christian Theology Group.
David Steinmetz attended the 10th International Congress for Calvin Research in Emden, Germany, in August. He gave the Bainton Lecture at Yale University on Sept. 26, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University on Oct. 7.
Jeanne Sheils Twohig presented “From Pulpit to Bedside: Engaging Clergy and Congregants in End of Life Care” on Aug. 24 for the Community Partnership Open Forum in Winston-Salem, N.C. At the National Hospice Work Group Meeting in Durham, she spoke Oct. 19 on “End of Life Initiatives as Baby Boomers Come of Age,” and “Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying” for a Community Forum on End of Life Issues at Grace UMC in Wilmington, N.C., on Oct. 29.
Timothy Tyson’s book Blood Done Sign My Name has won the 2007 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Presented annually by the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the award carries a $200,000 prize.
Tyson’s 2004 book examines a racially-motivated murder in Oxford, N.C., and the following social upheaval in the early 1970s. Blood Done Sign My Name also won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the 2004 Christopher Award, and the North Carolinian Award. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Tyson’s father, Vernon, a 1957 graduate of Duke Divinity School, was pastor of Oxford United Methodist Church when the murder took place. His ministry of racial reconciliation figures prominently in the book, and was the subject of the Fall 2004 Divinity cover story.
Author Marilynne Robinson won the 2006 award in religion for her novel Gilead. Read more about the Grawemeyer Awards.
Sam Wells published Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection (The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2007) in November. He also published “Say Something Spiritual: Speaking the Truth in a Culture Committed to Diversity” in the Journal of College and Character in October.
He spoke to Episcopal clergy and lay people in St. Louis, Mo., in September; was the Houston Preacher at Central UMC in Concord, N.C., in October; preached at the Fosdick Convocation at the Riverside Church in New York in October; spoke to Episcopal laity in Durham and Methodist laity in Danville, Va., in November, and preached at the Memorial Church, Harvard, Mass., in November.
His book God’s Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics was short-listed for the 2007 Michael Ramsey Prize for the most promising contemporary theological writing.
Laceye Warner presented the keynote addresses at the Bishop’s Convocation on Evangelism in the North Indiana Annual Conference Oct. 24-25, and contributed a presentation to the Probationers’ Seminar Sept. 29.
She participated in a Nov. 18 panel at the American Academy of Religion, where she presented the paper, “ ‘Shew[ing] forth His Love without Partiality’: The Evangelistic Ministry of Dorothy Ripley (1767-1831),” which has been accepted for publication.
Tammy Williams participated in a Sept. 9 faculty panel that addressed women’s ordination during the Freechurch Women’s Retreat at Camp New Hope in Chapel Hill, N.C. She preached from Luke 4:14-30 on the theme of liberation as guest preacher at the undergraduate chapel service at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., on Nov. 9.