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Abdullah T. Antepli, who serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Divinity School, became Duke University’s first Muslim chaplain last July and teaches introductory courses on Islam. One of only a handful of full-time Muslim chaplains at U.S. colleges and universities, he joined more than 20 campus chaplains ministering to diverse faiths at the university. Learn more about professor Antepli.

Tonya D. Armstrong presented the workshop “Community-Based Hospice Care” at the invitational continuing education conference “Community-Based Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular and Other Chronic Diseases among Caribbean Elderly: A Focus on Nursing Leadership” in Antigua, West Indies, Oct. 13–15.

In November, she preached the sermon “Grieving with Hope” in Goodson Chapel during Grief Awareness Week.

Jason Byassee reviewed Brian Brock’s Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture for Studies in Christian Ethics (December 2008), and William P. Young’s The Shack, Eric Gregory’s Politics and the Order of Love together with Chuck Mathewes’s A Theology of Public Life, and the mockumentary Religulous for Christian Century (Oct. 21, Nov. 4, and Nov. 18). He published “Grandpa on the Gridiron,” a review of Mike Flynt’s The Senior: My Amazing Year as a 59-Year-Old College Football Linebacker, for Books & Culture’s Book of the Week feature at Christianity Today.

Byassee published three “theological perspectives” for Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, edited by David Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (Year B, Vol. 2; Westminster John Knox), and two entries in Pulpit Resource (Nov. 16 and 30).

In October, he delivered the keynote address to the Ethics & Public Policy Forum of the Wisconsin Council of Churches at First United Methodist Church in Appleton, Wis., and preached at Gary Memorial United Methodist Church, Wheaton, Ill.

Kenneth L. Carder led a seminar with Laceye Warner during Convocation & Pastors’ School on the topic “Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership from a Wesleyan Perspective.” In November, he preached, presented a lecture, and led discussion at the Western North Carolina Conference Elders’ Retreat entitled “Wesleyan Contributions to Leading Causes of Life.”

Carder delivered the sermon for the closing Eucharist at the conference “Peace Matters: Proclaiming the Prince of Peace in a World of Violence,” held at Chestnut Ridge Conference Center Dec. 6, and preached at Asbury Temple United Methodist Church, Durham, N.C., Dec. 7.

Jackson W. Carroll, Williams Professor Emeritus of Religion and Society, was guest editor for the 50th anniversary special issue of the Review of Religious Research (October 2008). He organized a panel discussion celebrating the Review’s anniversary at the annual meeting of the Religious Research Association and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 17–19. At the Louisville meeting he also spoke at a memorial symposium honoring the late Dean R. Hoge of Catholic University of America. On Oct. 23, he spoke as part of a panel on the future of theological education at the 175th anniversary celebration of Hartford Seminary.

Stephen Chapman published “Saul/Paul: Onomastics, Typology, and Christian Scripture” in The Word Leaps the Gap, a Festschrift for Richard Hays (Eerdmans). He reviewed Kenton Sparks’s God’s Word in Human Words at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston. On Nov. 16, he preached the sermon “God of the Nations” on Judges 4 in Duke Chapel.

Mark Chaves published “Continuity and Change in American Congregations: Introducing the Second Wave of the National Congregations Study” in Sociology of Religion (Winter 2008), with Shawna Anderson.

Chaves has been named chair of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey (GSS), an ongoing national survey of American adults conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

James L. Crenshaw published “Sipping from the Cup of Wisdom” in Jesus and Philosophy: New Essays, edited by Paul K. Moser (Cambridge University Press).


Ellen F. Davis published Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press) and participated in a review panel on the book at the SBL Annual Meeting in Boston Nov. 23. Her essay “Entering the Story: Teaching the Bible in the Church” was published in Sharper than a Two-Edged Sword: Preaching, Teaching, and Living the Bible, edited by Michael Root and James J. Buckley (Eerdmans).

She led a workshop Oct. 13–14 at Luther Seminary on preaching Isaiah in Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, and the following day gave the 16th Annual Word and World Lecture, “Learning Our Place: The Agrarian Perspective of the Bible.” In November, she preached and gave the keynote lecture “The Danger of Abstraction” at the conference “Reading the Bible Today as Church” at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Mich.

Curtis W. Freeman contributed the essay “Back to the Future of Trinitarianism?” to Theology in the Service of the Church: Essays Presented to Fisher H. Humphreys, edited by Timothy George and Eric F. Mason (Mercer University Press). His article “Moving Forward in Baptist-Catholic Conversation” appeared in a January issue of Commonweal.

Freeman attended the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance July 22–25 and gave a paper at the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education, July 26–28, in Prague, Czech Republic. In October, he gave the lecture “Puritanism and Dissent in Early America” for the Durham County (N.C.) Library series “Divining America: Religion in American History.”

He participated in the third round of annual conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Pontifical Council for the Propagation of Christian Unity, held at Duke Divinity School and hosted by the Baptist House of Studies, Dec. 14-20. In January, the Baptist House and Leadership Education at Duke Divinity hosted the annual retreat for the North American Baptist Fellowship, the regional fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance, which was responsible for planning the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in early 2008.

Mary McClintock Fulkerson published “‘Being Nice in Church’: Rituals of Propriety and the Sin of Oblivion” in Church and Religious ‘Other,’ edited by Gerard Mannion (T&T Clark). She gave a talk on race and the church Oct. 12 at the Church of Reconciliation Presbyterian Church (USA), Chapel Hill, N.C., and presented the paper “Essentials of the Reformed Tradition” Nov. 2 at the Reformed Theology & History Unit of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago.


Paul J. Griffiths published “The Very Autonomous Steven Pinker,” in First Things (August/September 2008), and “A Challenge That Cannot Be Met: Some Comments on the 25th Anniversary of The Challenge of Peace,” in The Sign of Peace (Summer 2008).

He delivered the lecture “Quickening the Pagans: Mary Visits the World” at the University of Dallas in September. In October, Griffiths gave his inaugural lecture as Warren Chair of Catholic Theology at Duke Divinity School, “Desire Deranged: A Theological Requiem for the Natural.” In November, he presented “On the Very Idea of Comparison” and participated in a symposium on William Abraham’s Canonical Theism at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

Stanley Hauerwas published Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness (InterVarsity), with Jean Vanier; “Following Jesus in America” in Presbyterians Today (October 2008); and “La guerra de la diversita Americana: Una valutazione teologica” in All’origine della diversita: Le sfide del multiculturalismo, edited by Javier Prades (Guerini).

Hauerwas spoke in October at the Metanexus Institute, Philadelphia, Pa.; the Christian Labor Association, Ontario, Canada; and St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Niagara on the Lake, Canada. He co-led, with Jean Vanier, the Teaching Communities event “Living Gently in a Violent World” for the Duke Center for Reconciliation Nov. 8–10, and delivered the annual Archbishop’s Lecture for the Archdiocese of Denver Nov. 17.

Richard B. Hays co-edited, with Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (Eerdmans). He published “‘Here We Have No Lasting City’: New Covenantalism in Hebrews” in The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology, edited by R.J. Bauckham et al. (Eerdmans); “Kerygma and Midrash: A Conversation with Luke Timothy Johnson and C.H. Dodd” in Between Experience and Interpretation: Engaging the Writings of the New Testament, edited by W. Allen and M. Foskett (Abingdon); and “What Is ‘Real Participation in Christ’? A Dialogue with E.P. Sanders on Pauline Soteriology” in Redefining First-Century Jewish and Christian Identities: Essays in Honor of E.P. Sanders, edited by F. Udoh et al. University of Notre Dame Press).

During the fall term, he delivered more than a dozen public lectures and sermons in the United Kingdom, at Cambridge University, Ridley Hall (Cambridge), Tyndale House (Cambridge), King’s College London, Oxford University, and Durham University, including the inaugural C.K. Barrett Lecture at Durham University, “Turning the World Upside Down: Israel’s Scripture in Luke-Acts.”

At the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston, he participated in review panels on Seeking the Identity of Jesus and Richard Burridge’s Imitating Jesus. During the meeting, Hays was presented with a festschrift in honor of his 60th birthday.

Richard P. Heitzenrater published “Prison Ministry in the Wesleyan Heritage” in I Was in Prison: United Methodist Perspectives on Prison Ministry, edited by James Shopshire, Mark Hicks, and Richmond Stoglin. He presented two lectures Nov. 7 at the Theological Institute of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Florence, S.C., on “Methodism from a Wesleyan Point of View.”

L. Gregory Jones, with Susan Pendleton Jones, addressed the New Canaan Society in Westport, Conn., Sept. 26. In October, he met with church leaders to discuss United Methodist trajectories in global health; offered the lecture “What Is Christian about Christian Leadership?” and co-led, with Sam Wells, the seminar “But It Shall Not Be with You: Exercising Authority in the Church” at the 2008 Convocation & Pastors’ School; preached and delivered two lectures at the Haefner Preaching Teaching Mission at First United Methodist in Lincolnton, N.C.; and preached and delivered two lectures on forgiveness at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, Canada.

He and Susan Pendleton Jones co-led the Sustained Learning Seminar “Living Faith: Christian Life Illuminated through Fiction and Film” Nov. 14–15 in Nashville, Tenn. Dean Jones spoke about Christian leadership challenges in the 21st century at the North American Baptist Fellowship Executive Retreat Jan. 5 at Duke Divinity School. He and Susan Pendleton Jones led a workshop on forgiveness Jan. 23–25 at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Boulder, Colo.

Dean Jones’s essays “Monkey Business” and “Back Home in Gilead” appeared in the Sept. 9 and Nov. 4 issues, respectively, of The Christian Century.

Richard A. Lischer served as guest preacher in several churches, including Duke University Chapel, over the summer. Last fall he taught in the Florida Institute of Preaching sponsored by the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Roger L. Loyd chaired an off-site review committee for the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Nov. 5-6 in Atlanta, Ga. The group reviewed information submitted by several theological schools seeking reaccreditation by the Southern Association and the Association of Theological Schools. This joint review, using both agencies’ sets of accreditation standards, was the first in recent years. Each of the schools will be visited for an on-site review by other groups of their peers, after which both agencies’ commissions on accrediting will decide on the reaccreditations.

Randy L. Maddox offered “Wesleyan Reflections on Identifying and Preparing United Methodist Clergy for the 21st Century” to the combined Boards of Ordained Ministry of the North Carolina and Western North Carolina annual conferences at Duke Divinity School Oct. 27. On Nov. 3, he presented “Wesleyan Reflections on Atonement” in a session at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago.


G. Sujin Pak’s article “Luther, Melanchthon, and Calvin on Romans 5 and 13: Three Reformation Approaches to Reading” was published in Reformation Readings of Romans, edited by Kathy Ehrensperger and R. Ward Holder (T&T Clark).

Pak presented the paper “Martin Luther as a Theological Interpreter of Scripture” at the Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago in late September. She presented “Calvin on the Literal Sense of Prophecy: The Case of Hab 2:6-9” Oct. 24 at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in St. Louis, Mo., and served as the commenter for a Jan. 2 panel at the American Society of Church History Conference in New York City.

Pak was profiled for the Oct. 22 Duke Today feature “Meet the New Faculty.”

Richard Payne presented the Humphrey Oei Distinguished Lecture Oct. 14 at the official opening of the Lien Center for Palliative Care of the Singapore National Cancer Centre. He delivered the lecture “Leadership Innovation at the End of Life — Lessons from Google” at the Carolinas Center for Hospice Leadership conference, Oct. 29–30, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

He presented “Building Communities of Hope and Caring at the End of Life” Jan. 6 at the St. John Health Grand Rounds, Detroit, Mich.

Anathea Portier-Young published introductions to Tobit, 1 Maccabees, and 2 Maccabees in The People’s Bible (Fortress), and the essay “Our Community, Our Choice” in Commonweal (Oct. 10). At the SBL Annual Meeting in Boston, she presented a review of In the Shadow of Empire: Reclaiming the Bible as a History of Faithful Resistance, edited by Richard Horsley (WJK) and presided over a panel review of Philip Rolnick’s Person, Grace, and God (Eerdmans).

Carol Greene Rush, staff assistant with the Office of External Relations, graduated from Duke University’s First-Time Supervisor Program Dec. 19. The 12-month management training program was offered by the Professional Development Institute.


Robin Y. Swift, director of the Clergy Health Initiative, Thriving Communities in the Carolinas, co-edited Restoring Hope: Decent Care in the Midst of HIV/AIDS (Palgrave Macmillan), with Ted Karpf, J. Todd Ferguson, and Jeffrey V. Lazarus. A compilation of essays by faith leaders, health providers, and HIV advocates, the book explores better ways to meet the needs of those with HIV and their families.

Geoffrey Wainwright delivered the Mercer Lectures at the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City on the Wesleyan theme of “Holiness of Heart and Life” in September. In October, he traveled to Dublin to chair the 2008 session of the Joint Commission for Dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church. His own writings were the subject of an article in L’Osservatore Romano at the end of that month. Wainwright’s recent publications have included the chapter “The Healing Work of the Liturgy” in Immersed in the Life of God: Essays in Honor of William J. Abraham (Eerdmans).

Jo Bailey Wells was the keynote speaker for the Episcopal Church Women’s annual conference, Diocese of Alabama, Oct. 8–10, and the keynote speaker at the Episcopal Diocese of Florida’s annual clergy conference, Oct. 14–15. She gave the Zabriskie Lectures and preached at All Soul’s Cathedral, Asheville, Diocese of Western N.C., Oct. 18–19.

Wells was a speaker at the Anglican Communion Institute conference “Anglicanism: A Gift in Christ” held at St Paul’s Church, Toronto, Nov. 25–27. She is serving as scholar-in-residence at Christ Church in Raleigh, N.C., Sundays through Advent ’08 and Lent ’09. She gave daily Bible studies at CMS Victoria’s annual “Summer under the Son” conference, Jan. 16–21, at Philip Island, Australia.

Sam Wells published Speaking the Truth: Preaching in a Pluralistic Culture (Abingdon). He contributed a chapter on Christian ethics for Christianity: The Illustrated History, edited by Hans Hillerbrand (Duncan Baird). In September, he traveled to England to give the keynote lecture at the Exeter Clergy Conference and the George Bell Lecture at Chichester Cathedral, as well as presentations in Chester, Cambridge, and Leicester.

 Luba Zakharov published “International Collaboration and Storytelling” in the ATLA Newsletter (August 2008). Her article “Library Support for Educational Programs in Theological Schools” was published in the East-West Church & Ministry Report (Winter 2009), from Southern Wesleyan University. She presented “From Russia with (God’s) Love: Collaborating with Theological Librarians from the Former Soviet Union” Nov. 18 for the Duke University Libraries staff on behalf of the Professional Affairs Committee.