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Esther Acolatse presented “The Significance of Pastoral Care in Ministerial Formation: Converting Reactions to Emergency Issues into Abiding Pastoral Practices” at the May 5-7 conference “Calling for the Order of the Day: Pedagogies of African American Presbyterians—Implications for Theological Education,” at Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Va.

She gave the seminar “Personhood and the Holy Spirit: Turning Gifts into Service” May 16 at Monument of Faith Church of God of Prophecy, Durham, N.C. In July, she delivered the lecture “Life in the Spirit: Heeding the Promptings of the Holy Spirit” at the Duke Youth Academy, Durham, N.C.

David Arcus, chapel organist and associate university organist, coordinated the 2008 Twin Cities National Competition in Organ Improvisation in June. In July, he taught and presented a public workshop on hymn playing at the AGO Region IV Pipe Organ Encounter for high school students, held in the Charlotte-Gastonia area. He has been commissioned to write a composition for solo organ by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Durham, N.C., in celebration of its 50th anniversary. He continues to write reviews for Classical Voice of North Carolina.

Arcus has helped coordinate two organ projects at Duke. The new organ for the Divinity School, Opus 16 by Richards, Fowkes & Co., was dedicated August 26 during the school’s opening convocation. Duke Chapel’s Aeolian organ restoration project will conclude in October, with rededication ceremonies slated for spring semester.

Tonya D. Armstrong was funded by The Duke Endowment as a co-principal investigator on the “Circles of Care” project, which seeks to recruit and train care teams for African Americans suffering with advanced cancer.

She presented “Maintaining Boundaries in Pastoral Care” August 23 at the Reid Temple AME Church Restoration Center, Green Dale, Md., and led the workshop “The Grieving Leader” September 20 at North East Baptist Church, Durham, N.C.


Kenneth L. Carder delivered the keynote address for the celebration of rural ministry at the United Methodist General Conference April 26 in Fort Worth, Texas. He delivered the sermon “God of the Unexpected” June 15 as the Bishop Kenneth Goodson Preacher at Duke University Chapel.

Carder shared with faculty colleagues Randy Maddox, Laceye Warner, Stephen Gunter, and Edgardo Colón-Emeric in teaching sessions of “The United Methodist Way” at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, July 16-19, at Lake Junaluska, N.C. During the conference, he delivered the tribute to Bishop H. Ellis Finger Jr., at whose memorial service he also presided, in June, in Asheville, N.C.

In August, he preached and lectured on the themes “Does the Church Have a Future?” and “To Serve the Present Age” as part of the Festival of Faith series at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, Tenn. In September, he presented the keynote address “Holiness and Health: A Wesleyan Perspective” at a United Methodist conference on congregational health at Lake Junaluska, N.C., and preached and taught on the theme of Wesleyan stewardship at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, Johnson City, Tenn.

J. Kameron Carter published the book Race: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press).

Tyson’s Blood Done Sign My Name Adapted for Film

Blood Done Sign My Name
Filming for a Hollywood adaptation of Blood Done Sign My Name, the award-winning book by Timothy Tyson, visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern culture, began in and around Charlotte, N.C., during the summer.

Published in 2004, the book examines a racially-motivated murder in Oxford, N.C., and the following social upheaval in the early 1970s. At the center of Tyson’s story is the ministry of his father, Vernon Tyson D’57, who was then pastor of Oxford United Methodist Church. See “Vernon Tyson’s Ministry of Reconciliation” in the Fall 2004 Divinity.

The book has won numerous honors, including the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the 2004 Christopher Award and the North Carolinian Award.

The film, which is still in production and scheduled for release in 2009, will include a guest appearance by one of Tyson’s heroes, John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke professor emeritus of history at Duke University and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

View a video of Tyson talking about the film.

Stephen Chapman published “Interpreting the Old Testament in Baptist Life” in The Scholarly Vocation and the Baptist Academy, edited by Roger Ward and David P. Gushee (Mercer University Press).

In May, he delivered the lecture “Ecclesiocentric Interpretation of the Old Testament in Early America” at Durham University, Durham, England, and presented “An Evangelistic Reading of Jonah” at the University of St. Andrews. Also in May, he preached the sermon “The Work of the Spirit (1 Sam 3)” at the ordination of Adam Grosch, held at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, N.C. In July, he traveled to Prague for the Baptist World Alliance and the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education (BICTE), where he spoke on “Theological Education in North America.”

Chapman completed his seventh and final year as a faculty-in-residence at Duke in 2007-08. He has been elected to chair the biblical division of the Divinity School faculty.

Mark Chaves co-published, with four doctoral students in sociology at the University of Arizona, “Dearly Departed: How Often Do Congregations Close?” in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

James L. Crenshaw reviewed Job: Ses précurseurs et ses épigones ou comment faire du nouveau avec de l’ancien, by Maria Gorea, for Review of Biblical Literature. Three of Crenshaw’s books were reprinted by the Society of Biblical Literature: Prophetic Conflict, Hymnic Affirmation of Divine Justice, and A Whirlpool of Torment.

Ellen F. Davis attended the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Building Bridges Seminar, an annual forum for Christian and Muslim dialogue, convened in Rome in May. In June, she presented the paper “Just Food: A Biblical Perspective on Culture and Agriculture” to the Writers Workshop of the Faraday Institute at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). She taught Hebrew at Renk Theological College in Southern Sudan during the first two weeks of July. In late July, she gave a series of lectures on Jerusalem to the Interfaith Institute, sponsored by the Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis.


Susan Eastman presented the paper “Israel and Divine Mercy in Galatians and Romans” for “Römer 9-11 im Spannungsfeld zwischen ‘New Perspective on Paul’ und christlich-jüdischem Gespräch,” a conference held in Göttingen, Germany, May 1-4. She introduced the topic “Reading Scripture in the Light of Christ” for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Building Bridges Seminar, May 6-8, in Rome.

Fred Edie presented research on the content and pedagogical processes in graduate-level introductory courses in Christian education at UMC-affiliated theological schools to the General Board of Higher Education Ministries and the United Methodist Association for Scholars in Christian Education in Nashville, Tenn., May 18-20. Also in May, he participated in a consultation between scholars and congregational leaders on establishing a “Learning Exchange for Best Practices in Faith Formation,” in Chicago, Ill. In June, he traveled to Princeton, N.J., for a consultation on leadership training for youth ministry, sponsored by the Center for Youth Ministry Training.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson attended a Durham-Duke Colloquium at Durham University, Durham, England, which brought together faculty from the two universities in May. She presented a paper to the theology group of the exchange entitled “Feminist Theology: The Challenges of Identity Politics.” In September, she delivered the 2008-09 Loring Sabin Ensign Lecture, “Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t: Are Theologies of Difference Redeemable?” at Yale Divinity School.

Paul Griffiths published “Purgatory” in The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology, edited by Jerry Walls, and “What to Say About Hell” in The Christian Century. He reviewed Defending Probabilism, by Julia Fleming, for the Journal of Religion; His Illegal Self, by Peter Carey, for First Things; and The Really Hard Problem, by Owen Flanagan, for Commonwealth.

Griffiths delivered several lectures in May and June: “Why Theology Should Find the Public Academy Inhospitable,” at the conference “Catholic Theology and the Public Academy,” in Durham, England, to celebrate the founding of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University; “The Staurocentric Fulcrum of Politics: Expropriating Agamben on Paul,” at the Duke-Durham exchange conference in Durham, England; “Quickening the Pagans: Mary as Visitor to the World,” at the first annual meeting of the Academy of Catholic Theology, in Washington, D.C.; and “The Staurocentric Fulcrum of Politics: Expropriating Agamben on Paul,” at “Paul’s Journeys into Philosophy,” a conference sponsored by the Consortium of Christian Colleges and Universities, in Vancouver, Canada.

Stephen Gunter participated with colleagues Ken Carder, Randy Maddox, Laceye Warner, and Edgardo Colón-Emeric in a teaching event at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church at Lake Junaluska, N.C., July 16-19. The three teaching sessions focused on “The United Methodist Way,” with special reference to the Wesleyan distinctives of the tradition.

Stanley Hauerwas was a panelist at the May 17 meeting of the Association of University Anesthesiologists, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. He presented the lecture “Jesus the Justice of God” at the 2008 Conference on Bible and Justice, May 29-31, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England.

Richard Hays delivered the Sprunt Lectures at Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Va., May 5-7. Hays began a six-month term as visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in July. He attended the annual meeting of SNTS (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas), July 29-Aug. 1, in Lund, Sweden.

Richard P. Heitzenrater co-directed the Summer Wesley Seminar during June, providing an opportunity for 15 junior and senior scholars to use the academic resources at Duke for their writing projects. In July, he taught United Methodist doctrine during the summer session at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. In August, he co-led a workshop for teachers of United Methodist history at a consultation, hosted by Candler School of Theology, Emory University, on United Methodism at 40.

L. Gregory Jones participated in a panel discussion on the religious leadership of religious institutions during the Christian Faith and Life/Religious Institutions Consultation at the Louisville Institute, Louisville, Ky., May 29-30. He and Susan Pendleton Jones served as chaplains, preaching at six morning services, at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y., June 20-27.

He preached and Susan Pendleton Jones presided at the opening worship service for Duke Divinity School’s Youth Academy, July 13. He also preached at Roaring Gap Church, Roaring Gap, N.C., July 27. Dean Jones attended the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church, July 15-19.

He co-led, with Warren Smith and Susan Pendleton Jones, the Aug. 3-16 Cities of the Early Church travel seminar, touring important sites in and around Rome, Assisi, Ephesus, and Patmos. He traveled with Bishop Scott Jones Aug. 26-Sept. 8 to countries in Africa, visiting leaders and discussing issues of theological education and global health.

Jones’ essays “More power to you” and “My Facebook friends” appeared in The Christian Century May 20 and July 15, respectively. He and Susan Pendleton Jones co-wrote an essay, “Leadership, Pastoral Identity, and Friendship: Navigating the Transition from Seminary to the Parish,” in From Midterms to Ministry: Practical Theologians on Pastoral Beginnings, edited by Allan Cole (Eerdmans).

Andrew Keck was a panelist in the session “Using the Hive Mind to Access the Reference Shelf” and co-presented “Dude! Where’s My Book? Converting a Collection from Dewey to LC Classification” at the ATLA Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. He contributed a technology column, “Digital Repositories and Theological Libraries,” for the inaugural issue of the online journal Theological Librarianship, http://theolib.org.

Richard A. Lischer served as coordinator and lecturer for a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last Sunday sermon, preached at the Washington National Cathedral in 1968. The conference, “Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word of Truth,” was held at the Cathedral College and brought together white and African-American pastors for learning and dialogue. Lischer preached in the Cathedral in an April 4 service marking the 40th anniversary of King’s assassination. On the same day, a portion of the sermon appeared as an op-ed in The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer under the title “Above All a Christian Witness.” Lischer also conducted a teleconference seminar for West Virginia high school teachers, sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College, on the religious sources of Martin Luther King’s vision.

Lischer published an essay on small-church ministry, “Ministering Angels,” in the April 25 edition of The Wall Street Journal. He reviewed The New Measures, by Ted Smith, in the June 3 edition of The Christian Century. This summer, his book Theories of Preaching appeared in Korean translation under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Korea.

Roger L. Loyd co-led an all-day workshop, “Teaching and Learning: Faculty/Librarian Collaboration,” at the American Theological Library Association meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, in June. Loyd also participated on a panel, “Social Networking by Facebook: Case Studies for Libraries,” and chaired the association’s Endowment Committee. During the association’s memorial service, he read a memorial for Harriet Leonard, longtime reference librarian for the Duke Divinity Library (1960-1992), who died in November 2007.


Randy L. Maddox presented the lecture “Living the United Methodist Way” May 29 at the opening plenary of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In July, he delivered the keynote lecture in a series on “The United Methodist Way” at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. In August, he contributed to the 2008 Convocation on the Rural Church, held at Myrtle Beach, S.C., speaking on “The Methodist Way of Life: Claiming the Promise of Holistic Salvation.” Also in August, he led a seminar on United Methodist doctrine for United Methodist studies instructors at the “United Methodist Church at 40” consultation at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Maddox became director of the Divinity School’s Th.D. program July 1.

Richard Payne presented a case study and dialogue at the conference “Partners in Caring: Strengthening Clergy and Clinician Collaboration at the End of Life,” sponsored by Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, Fla., May 8. He lectured at the Pain Global Therapeutic Expert Forum in Philadelphia, Pa., June 20-22, and spoke at the Rainbow Push Coalition’s annual conference, “A More Perfect Union—From Freedom to Equality: Equanomics,” in Chicago, Ill., July 1-2. He presented “What Is Compassionate Pain Care in the 21st Century?” at the July 26 Contemporary Issues Forum of the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y.

Payne offered the sessions “Death & Dying in African American Communities: An Overview” and “Pain Treatment and Racial Disparities” at the APPEAL (A Progressive Palliative Care Educational Curriculum for the Care of African Americans at Life’s End) training event in Dallas, Texas, July 11-12. He spoke about APPEAL at the National Medical Association Annual Conference, July 28-29, in Atlanta, Ga. In September, he co-led sessions for the American Academy of Pain Management pre-conference course “The Role of Culture, Spirituality, and Healing in Managing Pain.”

Anathea Portier-Young taught a course on Wisdom literature Jan. 5-6 for the Permanent Deacon Formation Program, Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, N.C. She preached the sermon “My Mouth Like a Sword” Jan. 24 in Goodson Chapel. In April, she taught the class “Creative Word and Womb: Eve, Deborah, Hannah, and the Mother of Seven Sons” for the Divinity School’s Laity Weekend.

She presented the paper “Languages of Identity and Obligation: Daniel as Bilingual Book” at the Colloquium on Religious Identity, Durham University, Durham, England, in May, and at the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, Fordham, N.Y., in August. Portier-Young published four lectionary essays on the website WorkingPreacher: Sept. 7, Ezek. 33:7-11; Sept. 14, Gen. 50:15-21; Sept. 21, Jonah 3:10-4:11; Sept. 28, Ezek. 18:1-4, 25-32.

William Kellon Quick led the Lithuania and Latvia Partner Church Initiative at St. Andrews UMC in Plano, Texas, during the General Board of Global Ministries-sponsored Mission Summit prior to the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth. In June, he addressed the Downtown Detroit Rotary Club on the theme “Detroit’s Dime Store Millionaire Philanthropist: Stanley S. Kresge.”

Quick taught two classes in the Duke Summer Course of Study in July and preached at the Mount Tabor and Ellis Chapel United Methodist Churches on the Bahama Circuit. He preached at the Asbury UMC in North Augusta, Ga., and baptized a namesake, Sarah Kellon Nelson, daughter of Matthew D’05 and Anne Nelson. In August, he was a participant in the consultation “The United Methodist Church at 40” at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Jeanne Twohig presented “Isn’t It Time We Talked: An Overview of Dying in America,” the opening event of a four-part series for the community on end-of-life issues, May 7, in Seven Lakes, N.C. She gave the plenary lecture “Integrating Spirituality in Caring” June 20 at the National Geriatrics & Palliative Care Conference, San Francisco, Calif.


Allen Verhey delivered the 2008 Jellema Lectures, “Nature and Altering It,” at Calvin College, April 2-3. His two lectures were entitled “‘Every Ethos Implies a Mythos’: Myths about Nature and Altering It” and “An Alternative Mythos: Revisiting the Christian Story.” Among his recent publications was “Manager and Therapist as Tragic Heroes: Some Observations of a Theologian at a Psychiatric Hospital” in the journal Studies in Christian Ethics.

Geoffrey Wainwright, who continues to chair the World Methodist Council’s dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, participated in the council’s spring meeting on international bilateral dialogues, in Breklum, Germany. In May, he travelled to Malta for a symposium “On the Wavelength of St. Paul” (Acts 28:1-10), at which he delivered the address “Spiritual Renewal: A Wesleyan Example and a Pattern for Today.” His book For Our Salvation appeared in Russian translation from St. Andrew’s Biblical and Theological Institute, Moscow. His article “Christian Doctrine” was published in Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.


Laceye Warner’s book Saving Women (Baylor University Press) was rated an “Outstanding” title for 2008 by the University Press Books Committee. Her article “Spreading Scriptural Holiness: Theology and Practices of Early Methodism for the Contemporary Church” was published in The Asbury Journal.

Warner presented the lecture “From Going to Gathering: Reflections on a Study of Ecclesial Evangelism” March 27 at the conference “Progressive and Evangelical in a Post-Christian World,” at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Naperville, Ill. At the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference, June 2-4, in Montgomery, Ala., she led the morning Bible study sessions, “The Biblical and Wesleyan Foundations for Evangelism.” With colleagues Kenneth Carder, Randy Maddox, Stephen Gunter, and Edgardo Colón-Emeric, she was a panelist for “The Wesleyan Way” sessions at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, Lake Junaluska, N.C., July 16-17. In August, she co-led the session “Evangelism in Relation to UM History, Doctrine, and Polity” at the “United Methodist Church at 40” consultation at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.

Sam Wells published Praying for England: Priestly Presence in Contemporary Society, co-edited with Sarah Coakley (Continuum). He spoke at numerous events, including the Duke Chapel Congregation weekend retreat and the ordination service for Worcester Diocese in England.

Lauren F. Winner spent the 2007-08 academic year on leave as a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University.

In June, she led a writing workshop with Nora Gallagher and Barbara Brown Taylor at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In August, she gave an address on what cookbooks can tell us about religious practice at a conference on the history of cookery books at the University of Warwick (U.K.). In September, she led the workshop “Spirituality in the 21st Century” at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Ill.

Winner wrote the foreword to the book Sex and the Soul, by Donna Freitas (Oxford University Press). She was recently appointed to the board of the Christy Awards (a Christian fiction award).

 Luba V. Zakharov presented two workshops, “OPAC: On the Cusp of a New System Architecture” and “Managing Change in a Changing Technological Profession,” at the conference “Library Support for Educational Programs in Theological Schools,” April 30-May 3, in Moscow, Russia. Her participation was funded by a grant from the American Theological Library Association and by the Donn Michael Farris Endowment Fund at the Duke Divinity School Library. Zakharov’s article “Theological Librarians Meet in Moscow” was published in the July edition of the Russian newspaper The Protestant. See a blog of her travels.