Teaching Communities 2008  

Chris Rice, co-director of the Duke Center for Reconciliation, doesn’t like the word “conference,” at least when it’s used to describe “Teaching Communities 2008: Living Gently in a Violent World.”

More than a conference, “Living Gently” is a rare chance to see, hear, and get a small taste of what Christian reconciliation looks like through the life of an extraordinary witness, Jean Vanier.

Featuring Vanier and Duke theologian Stanley Hauerwas, the three-day event, scheduled Nov. 8-10, is designed to be a gift for Duke University, Durham, and the surrounding region, says Rice.

All events are open to the public. Registration and a fee are required for the workshop only.

Saturday, Nov. 8, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
     “Becoming Everyday Peacemakers”Duke Divinity School, Goodson Chapel

Led by Vanier and members of the L’Arche communities, the workshop will focus on engaging a Christian vision of peace and life though the lens of L’Arche. Includes teaching from Vanier, worship led by L’Arche community members, participation from Duke Professor Amy Laura Hall, and reflection in small groups. Lunch provided. Registration: $20 for students, $30 for others.  

Sunday, Nov. 9:00-11:00 a.m.
     Worship Service
     Duke Chapel

     Jean Vanier, Preaching

6:30-9:00 p.m.
     Lessons from L’Arche: Wisdom for Peacemaking and Hospitality in Local Congregations

     Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, Durham
     Informal presentation and conversation with Vanier and Hauerwas for members of local church congregations.
     Reception: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
     Presentation: 7:30-9 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 10 11:00 a.m.-noon
     Brown Bag Lunch with L’Arche Leaders

     Duke Divinity School
     Alumni Memorial Common Room

12:15-2:15 p.m.
     Keynote Lecture: Living Gently in a Violent World

     Duke Divinity School
     Goodson Chapel
     Jean Vanier and Stanley Hauerwas

2:15-3:30 p.m.
     Book Launch Reception
     Duke Divinity School
     Alumni Memorial Common Room

Reception celebrating the launch of Living Gently in a Violent World by Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier. The book is the second volume in the new Resources for Reconciliation series, published by InterVarsity Press in partnership with the Center for Reconciliation. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reception.

For more information, contact Dayna Olson-Getty at 919.660.3578. Or visit the Center website and register.

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