Duke Divinity School’s first Summer Institute, offered by the Office of the Dean, encourages participants to re-imagine and re-envision their connection to Christianity within a broken world.
Scheduled for May 31 through June 5, the institute will explore a variety of methods for moving from lament to hope through faith. It has been designed for alumni, pastors, lay members of the church, and leaders from a variety of agencies and professions.
The Summer Institute will bring together concerned Christians for a time of reflection and dialogue in the cloistered campus setting of Duke University. Plenary speakers include Richard Lischer on spiritual autobiography, L. Gregory Jones on leadership, John M. Perkins on reconciliation, Jeremy Begbie on theology through music, and Ira Byock, M.D., on conversations at life’s end. The institute themes will center around the three tracks below.
“Building Hopeful Communities of Caring at Life’s End” will address the spiritual dimension of dying and focus on how communities can collaborate to care for those near death.
Faculty include Richard Payne, professor of medicine and divinity and director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life; Ray Barfield, pediatric oncologist and associate professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy; and Allen Verhey, professor of Christian ethics and author, editor, or co-editor of 12 books, including Reading the Bible in the Strange World of Medicine.
“Shaping the Beloved Community in a Divided World” will explore the rewards and challenges of leadership in ministries of justice, peace, and reconciliation from theological, contextual, and practical perspectives.
Faculty include John Perkins, Mississippi civil rights activist and founder of the Christian Community Development Association; and Chris Rice and Emmanuel Katongole, co-directors of Duke’s Center for Reconciliation. Rice is co-author of More than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel with Spencer Perkins. Katongole is associate research professor of theology and world Christianity and the author, most recently, of A Future for Africa.
“Narrating Your Story within God’s Story” will focus on inward reflection and community engagement by way of the ancient habits of lectio divina, the Eucharist, reading Scripture, and holy friendship.
Faculty include Richard Lischer, Cleland professor of preaching and the author of the theological memoir Open Secrets; and L. Gregory Jones, dean and professor of theology, and the author or editor of 13 books, including Everyday Matters: Intersections of Life and Faith.