David Arcus presented organ programs at Front Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, N.C., in September, and West Market Street United Methodist Church, Greensboro, N.C., in October. In January, he performed his annual Duke Chapel recital, featuring music by Girolamo Frescobaldi on the Brombaugh organ and compositions for Christmas and Epiphany on the Aeolian organ.
He contributed essays and captions for a photo essay on the organs of Duke University, including the new Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ in the Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel, in the holiday issue of Our State. His composition “The Head That Once Was Crowned” was included in a recording by the choir of the Cathedral Church of St. John, Albuquerque, N.M., released in 2009.
Tonya Armstrong published “African Traditions in America” in Religion, Death, and Dying: Religions, Bereavement, and Death Rituals, edited by Lucy Bregman (Praeger); and “Practicing Compassion for Dying Children” in Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End-of-Life Care, edited by John Swinton and Richard Payne (Eerdmans). In October, she presented two modules from the APPEAL (A Progressive Palliative Care Educational Curriculum for the Care of African Americans at Life’s End) curriculum, “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care” and “Grief and Bereavement,” for the Community Home Care and Hospice Fall Management Conference, Southern Pines, N.C.
Carole L. Baker, associate in research, published a book review essay, “What Should We Say about Mary?” in the “Women and the Church” issue of Christian Reflection.
Jeremy Begbie published a book review article, “On the Strange Place of Contemporary Art,” in the December issue of Image. Begbie gave lectures across the United States in November—the McDowell Lectures in Music at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.; the Woolsey Lectures in Theology and Culture at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y.; and the plenary address, “Subversive Hope: Embodying and Re-Imagining God’s New World through the Arts,” at an arts and faith conference organized by Asbury College and Seminary, Wilmore, Ky. In December, he led “Time Transforming,” one of a series of intensive study sessions organized by the Anglican Diocese of London exploring dimensions of the Eucharist. He was special guest on a live Christmas webinar call, “The Implications of the Incarnation,” at www.worshiptraining.com. In two plenary lectures at the Calvin College Worship Symposium in January, he spoke about the dynamics of worship as understood through musical rhythm, and about the arts in worship as harbingers of the new creation.
Jason Byassee contributed theological perspectives for Psalms 22, 26, and 104 to Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, edited by David Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, Year B, Vol. 4 (Westminster John Knox). His review of Jason Bivins’s Religion of Fear: The Politics of Horror in Conservative Evangelicalism appeared in Theology Today (66.3, October 2009). Byassee co-published, with L. Gregory Jones, “Methodists and Microcredit,” an article comparing the work of Muhammad Yunus and John Wesley, in the November issue of First Things. Byassee was a presenter at the Lilly Websites Consultation “Building Conversation and Community,” hosted by Duke University, Oct. 5. He taught the seminar “The Ministerial and the Writing Life” at the Divinity School’s Convocation & Pastors’ School Oct. 6, and addressed Ph.D. students at the University of Virginia’s Department of Religion on themes from his book Praise Seeking Understanding Oct. 19–20.
Douglas A. Campbell’s new book, The Deliverance of God, was reviewed by the Pauline Soteriology Group at the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual conference in New Orleans. The panelists were Ann Jervis (Wycliffe College, Toronto), Michael Gorman (St. Mary’s Seminary), Douglas Moo (Wheaton), and Alan Torrance (St Andrews, U.K.).
Stephen Chapman has been appointed to the editorial board of the new Eisenbrauns book series Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures. His article “What Are We Reading? Canonicity and the Old Testament” appeared in the Fall issue of Word & World. He preached “You Alone (Ps 51)” in Goodson Chapel Aug. 26.
Kenneth L. Carder’s book Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, revised edition, with a foreword by Randy L. Maddox, was released in October by Discipleship Resources. The first edition of the book was published in 1996 and has been one of Discipleship Resources’ most widely distributed titles.
Ellen F. Davis presented “The Poetry of Care and Loss,” her inaugural lecture as the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Oct. 27. Berkeley Divinity School at Yale conferred on Davis an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Oct. 14.
Curtis W. Freeman published “Practicing the Faith in the Baptist Tradition” in Perspectives in Religious Studies (36.2, Summer 2009); “Alterity and Its Cure” in CrossCurrents (December 2009); “Baptism at Year Four Hundred” in Baptists Today (December 2009); and “Visionary Baptist Women in the Seventeenth Century” in The Baptist Quarterly (44.1, January 2010).
He presented “Toward a Generous Orthodoxy” at Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 30, to be published as a chapter in The Will to Believe and the Need for Creed (Baker). He lectured and spoke in chapel at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky., Oct. 12–13, and spoke in chapel at Wingate University, Wingate, N.C., Nov. 5. In December, he delivered a paper on Baptist ecclesiology at the fourth round of conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Pontifical Council for the Propagation of Christian Unity in Rome, Italy.
Mary McClintock Fulkerson gave the paper “Bodies as Visual Media: When Religious Memory Is Incorporative” at the “Sensations: Religious Mediations and the Formation of Identities” conference, the fourth of a Global Seminars in Media, Religion, and Culture project in Accra, Ghana, in August. This fall, she codirected a reading group for the Duke Pauli Murray Project at Asbury Temple United Methodist Church, Durham, N.C. In November, she presented “Food for Thought: Feminism and Spirituality” at the Duke Women’s Center; delivered the paper “Assessing Beyond the ‘Stranger’: Christian Theological & Ethical Responses to Migration” at the Religion and Migration Consultation at the American Academy of Religion meeting, Montreal, Canada; and served on the panel “What Does It Mean to Be an Educated Woman of Faith” at the Duke Divinity School Women’s Center 35th Anniversary.
Paul J. Griffiths published Intellectual Appetite: A Theological Grammar (Catholic University of America Press). See review.
Stanley Hauerwas published “Theological Ethics,” with Steve Long, in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies, edited by William J. Abraham and James E. Kirby (Oxford University Press); and a review of George Hunsinger’s The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast, in the Oct. 20 issue of The Christian Century. He presented a reading from his forthcoming book, Hannah’s Child: A Theological Memoir, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Durham, N.C., Oct. 7; delivered the Staley Lecture, “War and the American Difference,” at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., Oct. 12; spoke at the Priest Convocation for the Diocese of Richmond, Va., Oct. 21; delivered the Malcolm R. Robertson Lectureship at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif., Nov. 2–3; participated in a panel discussion on Monsignor Giussani’s Charity: Is It Possible to Live This Way? at the Communion and Liberation National Gathering, New York, N.Y., Jan. 17; and was a keynote speaker at the “Church and Mission in a Multireligious Third Millennium” conference at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, Jan. 27–29.
Richard B. Hays published “Ratzinger’s Johannine Jesus: A Challenge to Enlightenment Historiography” in The Pope and Jesus of Nazareth: Christ, Scripture and the Church, edited by A. Pabst and A. Paddison (SCM). He gave four public lectures at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif., Oct. 15–16: “Four (or Five) Ways Not to Read the Bible,” “The Bible and the Story of God’s Faithfulness,” “The Bible and Nonviolent Reconciliation,” and “The Bible and Future Hope.” At the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, New Orleans, La., he presented “Spirit, Church, Eschatology: The Third Article of the Creed as Hermeneutical Lens for Reading Romans.” Hays preached at Duke Chapel Nov. 15.
Richard P. Heitzenrater published two articles in collected volumes— “Wesleyan Ecclesiology: Methodism as a Means of Grace” in Kirchliches Leben in methodistischer Tradition: Perspektiven aus drei Kontinenten, edited by Michael Nausner (Edition Ruprecht); and “Finding Wesley” in Methodism and History, edited by Peter Forsaith (WHS), a Festschrift for John Vickers. Heitzenrater prepared the lecture “Charles Wesley and James Oglethorpe in Georgia” for the Charles Wesley Society meeting at Epworth By the Sea, St. Simons Island, Ga., Oct. 3. He led a Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference retreat, “Wesleyan Sayings for the 21st Century,” at Olmsted Manor, Ludlow, Pa., Oct. 20–23.
At the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Montreal, Canada, he was a member of a panel discussing “One Hundred Years of Church History,” and helped lead a session talking about John Wigger’s new book, American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists. For the annual meeting of the American Society of Church History, San Diego, Calif., Jan. 7–10, he served as program chair, presented the paper “Asking the Why Question” in a “Teaching the Introductory Course in Church History” session, and chaired the Presidential Address session.
L. Gregory Jones published “Boldly humble” and “Pastors by degree” in the Oct. 20 and Dec. 15 issues, respectively, of The Christian Century. He co–wrote, with Jason Byassee, “Methodists & Microcredit” for the November issue of First Things. His article “The Remarkable Success of a Misnamed Journal: Reflections on Twenty-Five Years of Modern Theology” appeared in the 25th Anniversary issue of Modern Theology (January 2010).
In October, he delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ; led a retreat for the Bishop and Program Cabinet of the Iowa Annual Conference; and addressed Leadership Education at Duke Divinity gatherings for young ministers and religious publishers. In November, he made presentations at the School of Religion and Philosophy Fall Colloquium, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind., and the InterVarsity Field Leadership Meeting in Madison, Wis.; preached at First United Methodist Church, Winter Park, Fla.; and co-led, with Susan Pendleton Jones, the Sustained Learning Seminar in Nashville, Tenn. He preached Dec. 6 at Duke Chapel.
In January, Dean Jones was the keynote speaker for the 2010 Leadership Training Day Bi-District event in Alexandria, Va., and then spoke, with Susan Pendleton Jones, at the Clergy and Spouse Mid-Winter Retreat for the Philadelphia Area of the United Methodist Church in Ocean City, Md.
Emmanuel Katongole presented “Justice, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation in the Wake of Genocide? The End of Words” Oct. 17 at the 2009 Film, Faith & Justice forum in Seattle, Wash. He delivered the annual Justice Lectures— “Sacrificing Justice: Violence, Radical Forgiveness, and the Future of Nation- State Politics in Africa”—at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 10; and presented “Christian Faith and Life as Pilgrimage” at The City Seminary of New York Dec. 3. As director of the Great Lakes Initiative (GLI) of the Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation, he hosted a gathering of key African leaders in Bujumbura, Burundi, Jan. 8–11, followed by the GLI’s general gathering, Jan. 12–16.
Richard Lischer was interviewed in Washington, D.C., for the six-part PBS documentary God in America, scheduled to air in 2010. He taught in the Florida Institute of Preaching, held at Duke, in September. He gave two lectures on the theme “Preaching and the Poor” for the Fall Preaching Conference at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Mich., where he was also the conference preacher. On All Saints Day, he preached at Duke University Chapel.
Randy L. Maddox served as co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (Cambridge University Press). The contributors to this volume pooled their resources in honor of the career of Richard P. Heitzenrater, to mark both his 70th birthday and his retirement from full-time teaching at Duke Divinity School.
Ed Moore, director of educational programs for the Clergy Health Initiative, served as interim senior pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, N.C., from June through September, and taught at the Course of Study for Local Pastors at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., in July.
Dayna Olson-Getty, program coordinator at the Duke Center for Reconciliation, published the essay “Life Expectancy: On Not Praying for a Miracle” in the Sept. 22 issue of The Christian Century.
G. Sujin Pak’s book The Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms (Oxford University Press) came out in November. Pak spoke on the topic “Calvin and the Jews” at the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Nov. 7.
Richard Payne published Chronic Pain: An Atlas of Investigation and Management, with co-authors Dawn A. Marcus, Doris K. Cope, and Atul Deodhar (Clinical Publishing); and Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End-of-Life Care, with co-editor John Swinton (Eerdmans). Payne presented “Pain Medicine in the 21st Century: From Good Science to Good Samaritanism,” the 9th annual Bruno Urban Lecture at Duke University Hospital, Oct. 28. He received the Josefina Magno Excellence in Education and Leadership Award from Capital Hospice Nov. 2 at the 11th Annual Josefina Magno Conference in Springfield, Va.
Timothy B. Tyson, visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern culture, preached “For Just Such a Time as This: A Sermon on the Book of Esther” at Duke Chapel Sept. 27. He delivered the keynote address, “‘Plenty Good Room’: Building the NAACP from the Branches Up,” at the North Carolina State Conference of NAACP Branches annual convention, in Hickory, N.C., Oct. 10; and the Frederick Neumann Memorial Lecture, “Blues, Gospel, Jazz Impulses in the Age of Obama,” at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J., Nov. 2. He taught a weekly community- based race relations course in Wilmington, N.C., entitled “Wilmington in Black and White.” The feature film “Blood Done Sign My Name,” based on Tyson’s book by the same title, premiered at Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, N.C., Oct. 23.
Laceye Warner served as plenary instructor for “Spreading Scriptural Holiness” at the Clergy Excellence School, Kentucky Annual Conference, UMC, Louisville, Ky., Oct. 12. She presented “Witnessing Communities,” the Wallace Chappell Lecture, at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, Nov. 18. Warner has been elected to the board of A Foundation for Theological Education, which sponsors the John Wesley Fellowship for United Methodist doctoral candidates.
Norman Wirzba published two edited volumes, The Gift of Creation: Images from Scripture and Earth (Acclaim) and Words of Life: New Theological Turns in French Phenomenology (Fordham University Press). The former combines essays by biblical scholars (including Ellen F. Davis) with the photography of Thomas Barnes; the latter examines the work of philosophers Levinas, Henry, Marion, Chretien, and Lacoste. Wirzba’s review of Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Other Animals appeared in the journal Reviews in Science and Religion. In October, he delivered the keynote lecture at the “Faith and the Environment” conference hosted by Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham, N.C. In November, he traveled to Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Calif., to lead a seminar on environmental philosophy and deliver a lecture on faith and food; and in January, he served as a faculty participant and group leader in Duke University’s first annual Winter Forum, “Making the Green Economy Work.”