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Esther Acolatse was invited by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to Lusaka, Zambia, for a week-long deliberation on the role of divinity schools in combating HIV/AIDS.

She was part of a Sept. 1-10 meeting of Concerned African Women Theologians in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where she presented and facilitated a panel discussion on the psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS.

Acolatse preached and gave a workshop Oct. 14 on “Personhood and the Holy Spirit: Transforming Lives for the Church and the World” at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Durham. She presented the paper “Yet in This Flesh I Shall See God: African Geographies of Life and Death” to the Black Theology and Consultation on Death and Dying joint session at the American Academy of Religion Nov. 17-19 in San Diego, Calif.


Daniel Arichea gave the Sept. 25 keynote address “Look East but Go West!” for the 30th anniversary of the Center for Pacific and Asian American Ministries (CPAAM) in Claremont, Calif.

During the Nov. 16-17 Leaders’ Summit of the Philippine Interfaith Network for Children (PHILINC) in Manila, Philippines, he delivered the address “The Future of PHILINC.” Arichea is chair of the Coordinating Council of the network, which brings together Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and other groups. Also during November, he read the paper “Revisiting the Issue of Gospel and Culture and Its Implications for Faithful Interpretation of the Scriptures” at the First National Bible Summit, sponsored by the Philippine Bible Society.

Arichea wrote a four-part Bible Study on the relationship of Christian faith to national empowerment for United Methodist Youth in the Philippines to be used in the coming Christmas Institutes.

Carole Baker D’03, a research associate at the Divinity School and a visual artist, has received a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation for “Mary for All People: A Post-Modern Look at a Pre-Modern Mother.”

For the project, which continues her research at Duke for the master of theological studies degree, Baker will create an interactive exhibit of Mary as life-sized paper dolls. Each doll will reflect a prominent depiction of Mary from four different cultural perspectives: Byzantine Theotokos, Virgin of Guadalupe, Black Madonna and Our Lady of Lourdes.

As viewers interact with the exhibit, says Baker, they will learn more about the role Mary has played in the life of the church and individual believers. The Durham, N.C.-based Center for Women & Ministry in the South Inc., founded and directed by alumna Jeanette Stokes D’77, is sponsoring the project. For more information, contact Baker.

Chris L. Brady led young adults from across the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC in the visioning and strategic planning conference “A Day of Imagination” Sept. 1 at the Sheraton Conference Center in Valley Forge, Pa. He served concurrently as the conference preacher and celebrant for the 24th annual Eastern Pa. Conference of the UMC, Academy for Laity Conference, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

Brady presented the workshop “Evangelism: It Shouldn’t Be A Dirty Word” during the fourth annual Planting the Seeds for Ministry Growth Leadership Conference Sept. 15 at Hopewell UMC in Downington, Pa., and “Where Have All The Methodists Gone?” at the 2007 Convocation on the Black Church: Creating Disciple-Making Faith Communities at Hay Street UMC, Sept. 28-29, in Fayetteville.

With Bishop Janice Huie he presented “State of the Church: The Crucible of Leadership” at the UMC Leadership Summit sponsored by the Divinity School and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Oct. 15-17 at the R. David Thomas Center.

Brady participated in a General Board of Higher Education & Ministry video, “Open Heart, Open Minds, Open Doors” to be shown during Higher Education Night at the 2008 General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, in April.

Christine Parton Burkett delivered “Speaking the Gospel Gracefully,” a lecture series sponsored Sept. 31 and Oct. 7 by Christ United Methodist Church, in Chapel Hill, N.C., to enhance the vocal exegesis and oral interpretation skills of pastors and laity.

Kenneth L. Carder wrote “Living for Giving,” a Wesleyan perspective on stewardship, for the Western North Carolina Conference. The study resource, including a DVD and leader’s guide, is being used in local churches. He contributed three articles to the Wesley Study Bible from Abingdon Press.

During September, Carder led a seminar and preached on “Kingdom Church” at Kern United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn.; participated in the Sept. 21 installation of Dr. Rosalind Reichard as president of Emory and Henry College; and preached Sept. 23-24 at Union United Methodist Church in Irmo, S.C.

He delivered the keynote address “Extravagant Generosity: The Methodist Way” and led the workshop “Cultivating Generosity” for the Northern Illinois Conference, Oct. 6, in Chicago, Ill.; presented “Grace to Lead: Marks of Wesleyan Leadership,” Oct. 22 at the Clergy Gathering of the Holston Conference, Kingsport, Tenn.; and gave the Oct. 27 lecture “The Beggars at the Gate: The Church’s Response to the Homeless” at the Edenton Street UMC, Raleigh, N.C. He presented “Homosexuality and the Church’s Struggle” Oct. 28 at the Duke University Chapel Adult Forum.

Mark Chaves published the article “Is Religious Service Attendance Declining?” in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (2007).

He delivered the lectures: “Continuity and Change in American Religion” for the Cabinet of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago, Ill., in September; “Preliminary Results from the Second Wave of the National Congregations Study” at the annual meeting of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October; “Why Megachurches?” inaugural lecture of the William Form and Joan Huber Lecture Series at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in November; and “Continuity and Change in American Religion,” the plenary lecture during Presidential Leadership Week at the Association of Theological Schools in Santa Fe, N.M., in December.

Chaves has been named president-elect of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; his term begins in November 2008.

Paul W. Chilcote attended the World Methodist Council Executive Committee meeting Sept. 12-20 in Sydney, Australia, and made a report as co-chair of the bilateral dialogue with the Salvation Army. He also preached there Sept. 16 at Liverpool Uniting Church.

At Ashland Theological Seminary, Chilcote gave the plenary address “Wesleyan and Emergent Christians in Conversation” Oct. 4-6 at the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education meeting and delivered the paper “Paradigms of Renewal: A Wesleyan Case Study” Oct. 8. He delivered the Annual All Saints’ Day Lecture “Many Are We Now, and One: Charles Wesley and the Communion of Saints” Nov. 1 at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Chilcote led an Oct. 13 “Praying through the Arts” workshop for the West Ohio Lay Academy at Newark, Ohio. He hosted the final session of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America/United Methodist Church Bilateral Dialogue Dec. 7-8 at Duke Divinity School and is preparing final legislation to go before both bodies for Full Communion.

He preached on “The Disciple-Making Community” as the conclusion to a sermon series at The Church of the Messiah in Westerville, Ohio, Oct. 14.

In November, Chilcote preached at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Fuquay-Varina, and at the Mt. Sylvan UMC celebration commemorating the birth of Charles Wesley in Durham. He preached and lectured at Drew University during the seminary’s Charles Wesley Tercentennial Event.

Chilcote published “Diverse Gifts, One Spirit,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2008 (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2007).

Susan Eastman published the book Recovering Paul’s Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians with Eerdmans. She wrote the “Ideas and Illustrations” sections for Homily Service, Oct. 2007; the “Exegesis” sections for Lectionary Homiletics October 2007; and lectionary commentaries on Advent, Year A, for Working Preacher.

At the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature Nov. 16-20 in San Diego, Calif., she presented “Philippians 2: Divine and Human Agency in Christ’s Story” for the Pauline Soteriology Group.

Curtis Freeman attended the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and the College Theological Society at the University of Dayton (Ohio), May 31-June 3. He also attended the General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Biennial of the American Baptist Churches in Washington, D.C., June 27-29, and the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Accra, Ghana, July 1-7.

He presented the paper “Baptists’ Political and Social Involvement in the U.S.” at the 300th anniversary of the Philadelphia Baptist Association, Aug. 1-3, First Baptist Church, Charleston, S.C.

Freeman was a member of the Baptist World Alliance delegation in the second round of theological conversations with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome, Dec. 2-8. He published “Roger Williams, American Democracy, and the Baptists” in the Fall 2007 issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson presented “Interpreting Situations: When Does the Empirical Become Theological?” at the Sept. 27-29 Yale Divinity School conference “Conversations Between Theologians and Empirical Disciplines.”

She preached and presented three lectures—“Women: The Invisible Stranger in Our Midst,” “Welcoming the Raced Stranger” and “The Stranger Called God”—Oct. 14-16 for the annual Davis Lecture Series “Welcoming the Stranger: Challenges for the Church” at Faith Baptist Church, Statesville, N.C.

McClintock Fulkerson served on the faculty panel Nov. 5 in response to “America’s Unfinished Business: Justice, Reconciliation, the Church & Post-Civil Rights America,” presented by John Perkins and Charles Marsh at the first Teaching Communities Week Nov. 4-7, sponsored by Duke Divinity’s Center for Reconciliation. Also on the faculty panel were Stanley Hauerwas and the Rev. William C. Turner.

She presented two papers—“Sighting Whiteness in Theology” and “Social Change and Constructive Liberal Theology”—at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting Nov. 17-19 in San Diego, Calif.

Richard B. Hays published “Reading the Bible with Eyes of Faith: The Practice of Theological Exegesis” in the Journal of Theological Interpretation, as well as the Japanese translation of The Art of Reading Scripture.

He presented the Holley-Hull Lectures on “Learning to Read the Bible Again” Sept. 5-6 at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala.; “Narrative Structures in Paul” and “Practices of Resurrection” at Hampden-Sydney College Nov. 5; and “Intertextuality Between Acts and Biblical Texts” Nov. 17 at the Society of Biblical Literature 2007 annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.

Hays preached on “The Christmas Story: Challenge to the Empire?” during the Adult Forum Dec. 16 at Duke Chapel.


L. Gregory Jones was in Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug. 30-Sept. 7 to consult with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa on the future of theological education.

Jones and Susan Pendleton Jones co-led a staff retreat Oct. 25-28, at Killearn UMC in Tallahassee, Fla., where Dean Jones also preached for Sunday services. He lectured at a Sustained Learning Seminar in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 2-3, and also spoke at the Minnesota Annual Conference Clergy Gathering Nov. 26-28. At Duke, he led the Episcopal Leaders Forum for UM Bishops Dec. 9-12.

Jones published two articles in the “Faith Matters” column of The Christian Century including “Be Generous” (Oct. 2) and “Bold Initiative” (Nov. 27).

Andrew Keck, associate director of the Divinity School Library, participated in the plenary panel “The Ministry of the Deacon: In the World, in the Church, in Liturgy” during the Southeastern Jurisdiction Deacons Gathering Oct. 24-26 in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Richard A. Lischer gave two lectures, “Preaching in the Argument Culture” and “Reconciling Speech,” to Lutheran pastors in the Southeastern District in Norfolk, Va. He preached on All Saints Sunday at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., and in the evening for Lutheran students at Duke Chapel.

Lischer received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Homiletics at its annual meeting in Minneapolis in December.

Randy L. Maddox published “John Wesley on Holistic Health and Healing” in Methodist History.

He led a team of four Wesley scholars in preparing a booklet tentatively titled A Year with John Wesley and Our Methodist Values to be published by Discipleship Resources and used in an initiative by the United Methodist Bishops next year.


Richard Payne published “The State of Postoperative Pain Management: A Need for Improvement” in the October issue of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses; “Medical Professionalism and Responsibility in Pain Management” in the September issue of Practical Bioethics and Pain Management Newsletter; and “Renaissance of Sickle Cell Disease Research in the Genomic Era” in Pain in Sickle Cell Disease: A Multidimensional Construct published by Imperial College Press.

He received the Jules Rominger M.D. Award and the Florence M. Lockhart Nimick Memorial Award.

Payne presented “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethical Disparities in Health Care” Sept. 7-8 at Pain Week 2007 in Las Vegas, Nev.; “Religion and Medical Technology: When is Enough, Enough?” and “Hope, Meaning & Dignity at the End of Life: The Role of Palliative and Spiritual Care” at the Advances and Controversies in Pain Management event sponsored Sept. 10-11 by Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, N.C.; “Disparities in End of Life Care” Sept. 12 for the Ethical Perspectives in Palliative Medicine: The Joseph A. Grady M.D. Memorial Conference, Detroit, Mich.; and “Pain Management: What Medical Science Tells Us,” Sept. 18 for the Duke University School of Medicine Practice Course.

During Duke University Homecoming in October, he spoke on “Care at Life’s End: Great Beginnings.” He also spoke on “Clergy and Clinician Conflict and Collaboration at the End of Life: How Can We Work Together?” for the Partners in Caring: Strengthening Clergy and Clinician Collaboration at the End of Life sponsored by Harnett County Hospice, Campbell University Divinity School and the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.

Payne also made the presentations: “Medical Professionalism & Pain Medicine in the 21st Century: Is the Hippocratic Oath Still Relevant?” at the Jules Rominger M.D. Award Dinner Oct. 24 sponsored by Mercy Health System, Philadelphia, Pa.; “Living at Life’s End with Chronic Illness: African-American Perspectives” for the 6th African American Alzheimer’s Disease Care Giver Conference in Charlotte sponsored Oct. 27 by Duke University Medical Center; “Pain Management & Palliative Care at Life’s End” and “Hope, Meaning & Dignity at End of Life” at the Midwest Regional Conference on End of Life Care Oct. 29-30 in Kansas City, Mo.; and “End of Life Care in Diverse Populations” Nov. 1-2 at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa.

L. Edward Phillips presented the short communication “From Collection to Offering:The Ritualization of Money in American Methodism” for the Aug. 6-11 meeting of Societas Liturgica in Palermo, Sicily. Later that month, he presented a longer version of this paper at the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, which met in Oxford, England.

Phillips and his wife, Sara Webb Phillips, preached Sept. 9 for Rally Day at White Plains UMC, in Cary, N.C. He led the seminar “The Role of Angels in Prayer at Night in Early Christian and Jewish Liturgy” for the Second Workshop on Early Jewish and Christian Liturgy meeting Oct. 9-11 in Neve Ilan, Israel. The Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung funded the workshop.

In November, Phillips and his wife led the four-week study of worship and the arts “How Shall We Praise?” sponsored by Reconciliation UMC, Durham, N.C., as part of a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Anathea Portier-Young published a response to “The Fifth Word: Honoring Parents,” by Byron Sherwin in The Ten Commandments for Jews, Christians, and Others by Eerdmans (2007). Her essay was on how the commandment to honor mother and father has been understood within the Christian tradition.

She was a panel presenter Nov. 19 on teaching the “Old Testament Introduction.” The panel was jointly sponsored by the “Best Practices in Teaching Workshop” and the Society of Biblical Literature Forum at its annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.

Portier-Young lectured Nov. 7 on “Scripture and Justice” during the “Just Life” speaker series at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raleigh. The videotaped lecture will be used in diocesan curricula. She also spoke on “The Search for Wisdom: What Were They Looking For?” at UNC-Chapel Hill during the “Adventures in Ideas” Uhlman Family Seminar. The Oct. 22 seminar was entitled “Ancient Wisdom: Faith & Doubt in Ecclesiastes, Job, Proverbs, & the Psalms.”

In November, Portier-Young taught a weekend course on “The Prophets” for deacon candidates in the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. Sessions focused on selections from Amos, Isaiah of Jersualem, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Deutero- and Trito-Isaiah, and Jonah, as well as the broader question “What Is a Prophet?”

Jeanne Sheils Twohig spoke about “The Impact of Grief and Loss on Women’s Health” Oct. 26 as part of the “Women’s Health in Our 60s and Beyond: Staying Healthy” panel during the Women’s Health & Wellness Weekend at Duke University. Duke Alumni sponsored the event.

She presented “Embracing the Concepts of Dying Well in Caring Congregations” Sept. 30 during the Omega Society Lecture series at Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Allen Verhey published “Science at the End of Life: Contributions and Limitations” in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, and chapters in three books: “Scripture as Script and Scripted: The Beatitudes” in Character Ethics and the New Testament (Westminster John Knox); “The Eighth Word: Calvin and ‘The Stewardship of Love,’” in The Ten Commandments for Jews, Christians, and Others (Eerdmans); and “Authority and the Practice of Reading Scripture,” in Engaging Biblical Authority: Perspectives on the Bible as Scripture (Westminster John Knox).

Verhey presented “Manager and Therapist as Tragic Heroes: Reflections of a Theologian at a Psychiatric Hospital” Sept. 7 at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Oxford, England. He gave four lectures at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Chaplains Association Oct. 21-22 in Green Bay, Wis.— “Reading Scripture in the Strange World of Medicine,” “Prayer and the Practice of Caring for the Dying,” “Suffering, Looking Heavenward,” and “Compassion, Looking Heavenward.”

Dan O. Via, professor emeritus of New Testament, published the book Divine Justice, Divine Judgment: Rethinking the Judgment of Nations (Fortress), which was reviewed in the Aug. 7, 2007, issue of The Christian Century. Since his retirement 16 years ago, he has published numerous articles and several other books, including What is New Testament Theology (Fortress: 2002) and, with Robert Gagnon, Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (Fortress: 2003). Three earlier books have been published by Wipf & Stock: The Ethics of Mark’s Gospel and Self-Deception and Wholeness in Paul and Matthew, both in 2005, and The Parables (2006). Via lives in Charlottesville, Va., where he has taught courses on Christology, ethics, and religion and literature at the Jefferson Institute for Lifelong Learning.


Geoffrey Wainwright attended the international congress of the Societas Liturgica in Palermo, Sicily, and chaired a working group at the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies.

At the invitation of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, he took part in a symposium to commemorate the 1,600th anniversary of St. John Chrysostom in September.

Wainwright, co-chair of the Joint Commission for Dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church, attended the first session in the new round held in October at the monastic community of Bose in Northern Italy. In December, he participated in the ecumenical celebration (Catholic, Anglican and Methodist) in Rome of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Charles Wesley.

He published the book Embracing Purpose: Essays on God, the World, and the Church with Epworth in November and available in the United States through Westminster John Knox Press.

Laceye Warner published her first book, Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice, in September with Baylor University Press. (For a review, see Bookmark).

Her article “From Going to Gathering: Reflections on a Study of Ecclesial Evangelism” was published in the October issue of the Journal for the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education.

Samuel Wells presented “Is There a Gospel for the Rich?” at the Faith and Money N.C. Regional Gathering in August and “We Believe in God” at the Holy Infant Catholic Church, Durham, in September. He delivered three talks in October at Furman University for “The Mere Christianity Forum” in Greenville, S.C. In November, he spoke at an alumni event in Charlotte, N.C., and at the First Presbyterian Church in Durham.

Wells preached the sermon “The Heart of God” at the Rev. Karl Travis’ installation ceremony in October at the First Presbyterian Church in Ft. Worth, Texas, and also preached at the Memorial Church, Harvard University, during Advent in December.

He led “The Gospel of Abundance in a World of Scarcity” seminar for the Oct. 8-10 Divinity School Convocation and Pastors’ Convocation. Wells interviewed civil rights activist Ann Atwater about the book Best of Enemies during a congregation event in Durham, N.C., also in October.

In November, he participated in a panel discussion on religion and disability studies at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL) annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.

Lauren F. Winner, assistant professor at the Divinity School currently on leave as a fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, led weekend retreats on spirituality at Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Ind., and University United Methodist in Chapel Hill, N.C., from September to December.

She also spoke at the Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Mich.; Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio; Malone College in Malone, Ohio; and on sexual violence in the church at the National Youth Worker’s Convention in Atlanta, Ga. Winner preached at St. Paul’s Collegiate Church, Storrs, Conn., and at St. George’s-by-the-River, Rumson, N.J.

Winner also gave addresses at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Va.; Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, N.C.; the Dakotas Conference (UMC) youth conference; Northwest Collegiate Ministry Fall Conference, Redmond, Ore.; Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Fla.; and the MidSouth Regional Conference, Campus Crusade for Christ, Greensboro, N.C.


Crenshaw Retires

Robert L. Flowers Professor of Old Testament James L. Crenshaw, one of the leading interpreters of wisdom literature, delivered a retirement lecture, “The Reciprocating Touch: Revelation in Wisdom Literature,” Nov. 8, 2007, at the Divinity School.

His book Old Testament Wisdom has introduced thousands of students to biblical wisdom, as have his two collections of essays, Urgent Advice and Probing Questions and Prophets, Sages, & Poets.

After a semester’s sabbatical, Crenshaw will retire June 30. He is currently writing books on Job and Qoheleth, as well as an analysis of 20th century research on wisdom literature for Brill.

Read Crenshaw's retirement lecture.