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Esther Acolatse was an invited participant at the Presbyterian Re-Forming Ministry Summit in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 28-July 1. The summit gathered faculty, pastors, and middle governing bodies, as well as representatives from the General Assembly, for reflection and dialogue on pastoral leadership and formation in the church.

She gave the lecture “Women, Patriarchy, and Theology in Africa” to an undergraduate class at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, July 15, and presented the paper “All in the Family: Re-casting Religious Pluralism through African Contextuality” at the International Academy of Practical Theology conference “Religion, Diversity, and Conflict,” in Chicago, Ill., July 30-Aug. 3.

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David Aers published Salvation and Sin: Augustine, Langland, and Fourteenth-Century Theology (University of Notre Dame Press) and co-edited the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Tonya D. Armstrong presented “‘Jesus Wept’: The Critical Role of the Church in Addressing Grief in Children” at the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship’s FOCUS 2009 Children’s Ministries Conference, Indianapolis, Ind., July 21-24. She released a gospel CD, Choose Hope, featuring an eclectic offering of traditional hymns, spirituals, and five original compositions. The full-length solo project is available at www.digstation.com/TonyaArmstrong.

Chris Brady was ordained elder in full connection in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church June 18. He presented the seminar “Preaching Imaginatively for Soul Justice and Social Justice” and presided over the Eucharist for the closing worship service at the conference’s 26th Annual Academy for Laity, July 31-Aug. 2.

Alyson Breisch, lecturing fellow, was one of six national delegates for the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ who participated in a 10-day teaching/learning exchange in May as part of the Kirchengemeinschaft (communion of churches) — a partnership formalized in 1980 that brings the United Church of Christ into full communion with the United and Reformed member churches of the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD). The group met with staff at health and social welfare facilities of the Union of Evangelical Churches (UEK) in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Kaiserswerth, and Bielefeld. In Bielefeld, the group toured Bethel, Europe’s largest church-affiliated social welfare and service facility. In Bremen, the group participated in Kirchentag (Church Congress), an ecumenical gathering with more than 100,000 in attendance. The visit concluded in Brussels, Belgium, meeting with representatives of the EKD in the European Parliament.

Jason Byassee co-authored American Congregations at the Beginning of the 21st Century, a respondent report of the National Congregations Study, directed by Mark Chaves. He wrote “Holy Space in Uganda,” a reflection on the way African Anglicans commemorate the feast days of their founding martyrs, and a Book of the Week reflection on Dana Robert’s Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion, for Books & Culture. At Faith & Leadership, he posted “We have all been made in the image of God,” an interview with Sam Barkat; and “Hierarchy of holiness,” a reflection on Mary as an exemplar of leadership.

Byassee received Faculty for Scriptural Reasoning training at the University of Virginia June 6-9 and participated in the Scriptural Reasoning University at Cambridge University June 8-11. He led the workshop “The Pastoral and Writing Life” at the General Assembly of the Disciples of Christ/Christian Church in Indianapolis, Ind., July 31, and conducted a writing workshop at historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 31-Sept. 2. He preached at Reconciliation UMC, Durham, N.C., Aug. 23, and at Center UMC, Snow Camp, N.C., Sept. 27.

Douglas Campbell published The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul (Eerdmans). His article “2 Corinthians 4:13: Evidence in Paul That Christ Believes” appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature (128.2, Summer 2009).


Kenneth L. Carder shared in the service of ordination at the Holston Annual Conference June 15 and hosted a dinner for Duke alumni. He delivered the keynote address and led the seminar “What the Church Believes: How to Think Theologically about the Challenges of Church Leadership” at the Virginia Conference residency event for provisional members July 21. He preached at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Waynesville, N.C., Aug. 16; presented the spiritual formation lecture during the Divinity School orientation week; and delivered an address on restorative justice and preached at the concluding worship service for the Discipleship Outreach Ministries volunteer training in Jamestown, N.C., Aug. 22. He led a seminar session for provisional elders on the mission of the church at the Divinity School Sept. 15, and presented two lectures and preached at a conference on restorative justice at First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Sept. 26-27.

Stephen Chapman delivered the lecture “Famine, Food, and the Nations” for the “Genesis and Christian Theology” conference at the University of St Andrews, July 14-17. His book The Law and the Prophets has been reissued by Mohr Siebeck in a paperback edition. For the 2009-10 academic year he will serve as assistant director of Duke’s Graduate Program in Religion.


Mark Chaves published “Did the Faith-Based Initiative Change Congregations?” (with co-author Bob Wineburg) in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (September 2009). A report of results from the second wave of the National Congregations Study, American Congregations at the Beginning of the 21st Century, co-written by Chaves, Shawna Anderson, and Jason Byassee, was released in June.

Susan Eastman presented the paper “The Identity of Israel and the Mercy of God in Galatians and Romans” at the annual meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas in Vienna, Aug. 4-8.

Paul J. Griffiths published reviews of Salvation for All, by Gerald O’Collins, in Horizons (36.1, Spring 2009); Atheist Delusions, by David Hart, in First Things (August/September 2009); The Monstrosity of Christ, by John Milbank and Slavoj Žižek, in Commonweal (June 19, 2009); and The Song of Songs, by Richard A. Norris, in Pro Ecclesia (18.1, Winter 2009).

In March, he delivered “A Theological Defense of Plagiarism,” the Jerry Jackson Lecture at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.; and “Divinely Deranged Desire,” the Woolman Lectures at Malone University, Canton, Ohio. In April, he presented “Experience Attenuated: On the End of the Liturgical Life,” the William James Lecture at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.; in May, “John Paul II’s Theology of the Body,” a daylong seminar for clergy and laity sponsored by Lifewatch, in New Bern, N.C.; and in June, “Can War Be Expunged from the Human Condition?” at a conference sponsored by the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway, and the Center for Thomistic Studies, Ave Maria University, in Naples, Fla.

Stanley Hauerwas spoke at the annual conference of the Society for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, hosted by Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, June 3; at the Duke Youth Academy July 21; at the New Wineskins conference at Notre Dame University July 30-31; and at Westcott House, Cambridge University, in September. His book A Cross-Shattered Church: Reclaiming the Theological Heart of Preaching (Brazos) became available in late June.

Richard B. Hays published, with co-editors Stefan Alkier and Leroy A. Huizenga, Reading the Bible Intertextually (Baylor University Press). He contributed the introduction to Theology and Ethics in Paul, by Victor Paul Furnish, 2nd ed. (Westminster John Knox), and published “Narrate and Embody: A Response to Nigel Biggar, ‘Specify and Distinguish’” in Studies in Christian Ethics (22.2, May 2009). In June, Hays presented “Paul’s Discourse about the Holy Spirit” at a conference on “Geist” in Steinbach (Taunus), Germany (25. Heftjubiläums der Zeitschrift für Neues Testament); and “Intertextuality, Narrative, and the Problem of the Unity of the Biblical Canon” at Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he also received a Dr. theol., honoris causa.

Richard P. Heitzenrater served as co-director, with Randy Maddox, of the sixth annual Summer Wesley Seminar at the Divinity School, with 13 other participants from seven states and Canada, including five doctoral students, several faculty, and a senior pastor.

In July, he sang in the International Haydn Festival in Vienna, Austria, with selected members of the Duke University Chapel Choir, the Duke Chorale, and the Choral Society of Durham, all led by Dr. Rodney Wynkoop. He served as Methodist chaplain at the United Methodist House at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y., Aug. 16-23. In September, he attended the World Methodist Council executive committee meeting in Santiago, Chile, to present a newly drafted constitution and bylaws for the organization, drawn up over the last two years by the Strategic Planning Committee, with Heitzenrater as primary drafter.

Willie J. Jennings has been named a John Hope Franklin Fellow for the academic year 2009-10. He will be in residence at the Franklin Center and will participate in a faculty seminar on the topic “Innovating Forms.”

L. Gregory Jones spoke on the topic of transformative leadership at the Duke Divinity School Summer Institute, June 1-5. He preached the opening service for the Duke Youth Academy July 12; preached at Roaring Gap Church, Roaring Gap, N.C., July 19; and spoke at the convocation of Duke’s graduate and professional schools Aug. 19. Jones’s essays “Maison Shalom” and “Undermanaged” appeared in the June 16 and Aug. 11 issues, respectively, of The Christian Century. He published the article “Love Made Me an Inventor” in the Trinity 2009 issue of The Cresset.

Andrew Keck was a panelist in the session “Next Generation Library Systems for Theological and Religious Studies” at the American Theological Library Association conference in St. Louis, Mo. He contributed a technology column, “Virtual Reference,” for the online journal Theological Librarianship. Keck recently convened a group of librarians from United Methodist theological schools to develop a program to digitize Methodist materials of potential value for classroom use and research. He has received a promotion to the rank of librarian.

G. Sujin Pak published “Martin Luther’s Teachings on Security in the Psalms and Their Significance for the Art of Reading Scripture” in Ex Auditu (24, 2008); and “Calvin and David” in Johannes Calvijn: Zijn Leven, Zijn Werk, edited by Willem Balke, Jan C. Klok, and Willem van’t Spijker (Uitgeverij Kok).

Anathea Portier-Young served as visiting assistant professor of Old Testament at Notre Dame in July, teaching a course on Old Testament prophets in the theology department’s summer M.A. program. In August, she presented the paper “Drinking the Cup of Horror and Gnawing on Its Shards: Biblical Theology Through Biblical Violence, Not Around It” at the “Beyond Biblical Theologies” conference, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany.


Geoffrey Wainwright delivered a paper entitled “Rendering God’s Glory: St. Paul and St. Thomas on Worship” for the conference “Reading Romans with Thomas Aquinas” at Ave Maria University, Naples, Fla., in February. In April, he traveled to Rome for the presentation of the volume The Pontificate of Benedict XVI: Its Premises and Promises (Eerdmans), to which he had contributed a chapter. In May, he went to England to address the conference “Theology, Liturgy, and the Arts” at Sarum College. In August, he took part in the congress of the international Societas Liturgica, held in Sydney, Australia. The 900-page Oxford History of Christian Worship, edited by Wainwright and Karen Westerfield Tucker, is now under contract for a translation into Chinese.

Laceye Warner served as facilitator of the Duke Divinity School team for the Lilly-funded “The Christian’s Calling in the World” grant project. She delivered the keynote addresses “Saving Women: Evangelistic Leadership for the 21st Century,” at the banquet for the Lead Women Pastors Project, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, West Palm Beach, Fla., April 28; and “Wesleyan Evangelism for the 21st Century: Obstacles and Opportunities,” for the School of Congregational Development, United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, Evanston, Ill., July 30. The latter event sold out, with 600 participants. In September, Warner taught evangelism in the Divinity School’s Weekend Course of Study. She preached at Asbury United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 9, and at Salisbury First United Methodist Church, Salisbury, N.C., Sept. 27.

Sam Wells was a guest speaker at the “Ancient Wisdom-Anglican Futures” conference at the Trinity School for Ministry, Pittsburgh, Pa., in June. In July, he served as the guest chaplain at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y. He was a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan and at Hope College, Holland, Mich., in September.


Lauren Winner taught a summer course, “Popular Theology in Parish Life,” at the School of Theology at Sewanee, where she also gave a community lecture entitled “What I Love about Pastors: A Layperson’s Perspective.” In July, she co-led a workshop on prayer at Laity Lodge, Kerrville, Texas, and taught a course on spiritual writing at The Glen Workshop, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, N.M. In September, she delivered the Tocher Lecture for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and spoke at a gathering for UMC clergy from the California-Pacific Conference.

Norman Wirzba presented “The Economy of Membership: A Christian Agrarian Contribution” at the conference “Christian Social Teaching and the Politics of Money” at the University of Nottingham, England. A version of the paper will be published in Spain, along with the papal encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” and other essays. In September, Wirzba delivered the opening convocation address at Transylvania University in Kentucky.

Luba Zakharov facilitated a roundtable discussion on the Open Library Environment project at the American Theological Library Association annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo., in June.