The Ministry of Reconciliation in a Divided World

Duke Divinity School

June 01, 2015 to June 06, 2015

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Refresh your spirit. Renew your mind and ministry. Expand your Christian community.

“As a senior leader in a Christian organization that is committed to ethnic reconciliation and justice, I was energized by the biblical teaching and theological reflection, enriched by the diversity of the participants and experienced faculty, and inspired to continue the journey as we celebrated the wonders of reconciliation and lamented the deep places of pain and division in our world. I highly recommend the Summer Institute for leaders who are in search of biblical instruction, relationship-building with experienced practitioners, and personal renewal." Paula Fuller, Vice President and Director of Multiethnic Ministries, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Our focus on reconciliation is grounded in a distinctively Christian vision and a framework that is richly practical, contextual, and theological. Rooted in Duke Divinity School’s conviction that reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel, the Summer Institute draws on the strengths of a faculty of world-class scholars and practitioners. The institute is nurtured by the deepening formation, teaching, and content of a biblical vision of reconciliation that inspires and ferments a movement of transformed communities and relationships. This formation of communities is nurtured by each other’s witness that Christ is strengthening us to the end, affirming us so that we do not “lack any spiritual gift” in our life together (1 Corinthians 1: 4-9).

“The components of Christ-based reconciliation go beyond strategies of peacemaking or conflict resolution…A Christian vision of reconciliation is not just another program to help us get along with our neighbor. It is an invitation to enter a new reality that God has created, another vision of life where we are called to be God’s new creation.”  (Chris Rice and Emmanuel Katongole, Spring 2012 Divinity Magazine)

Come expand your theological imagination, grapple together with practical problems, and be equipped to continue a journey of faithfulness within a wider community.

“What a gift Duke’s Summer Institute has been for me and my students!  God’s Spirit used this timely gathering to refresh our souls, engage our minds, sharpen the skills of our hands and deepen our hearts’ commitment to God’s call to reconciliation.” Peter T. Cha, Associate Professor, Pastoral Theology Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

The Summer Institute for Reconciliation is fostered by a particular methodology that brings together learning and formation at the institute in a way that is at once theological, contextual, and practical. The curriculum revolves around four critical questions. These questions open us up to each other and to new possibilities as we respond in hopes of hearing the Holy Spirit’s words for the movement. In these four questions, we hope to turn toward life in the midst of death, toward the new ordering of the things in the Kingdom of God in the midst of the old order that is dying away in Christ.

The four questions are:

  1. Reconciliation toward what? This is the question relating to the goal, the end toward which God’s movement leads. We invite you through your individual, collective, and ongoing reflection on this question to form a Scriptural imagination of new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)—always pointing to the life of God in Jesus Christ, the source, goal, and purpose of Creation.
  2. What is going on? This is the question of context, which seeks to get to a clearer and deeper understanding of the specific challenges facing our communities. This question, maybe most importantly, invites you to pray, “How Long, O Lord?” (Psalm 13).
  3. What does hope look like? This is the question that engages hopeful models, stories, experiments, initiatives, visions, and practical skills that shape and sustain a better future. We invite you, through this question, to be hopeful people—to form a vision, imagination, and capacity for Christian hope (Luke 24:1–12).
  4. Why me, and why bother? This is the question that explores issues of personal vocation, calling, and formation. The question highlights practices, rhythms, and life-styles, convictions that sustain leadership even in the face of challenges and obstacles and invites you to form a deep and lively practical spirituality, which can sustain one’s leadership over the long haul.

The Summer Institute for Reconciliation is intended for:

  • Christians who are committed to the ongoing training and equipping of others, calling forth the gifts of the community to inspire, form, and support people to become ambassadors of God’s movement of hope; that foster a life together that is a witness to now being “the acceptable time,” now being the “day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
  • Grass-roots ministers and Christians living and working among people who suffer or are marginalized
  • Pastors with a desire for their congregations to become communities that live out alternatives to the destructive conflicts and social divisions that fragment our world
  • College, university, and seminary faculty and administrators training young Christians to live in the way of the Kingdom
  • Denominational and organizational leaders seeking to guide their organizations into new practices and structures that enable the flourishing of communities living out God’s vision of peace and justice
  • Every follower of Jesus Christ seeking to become an ambassador of God’s healing and wholeness
Schedule

2015 Schedule (pdf)

Each day of the Summer Institute for Reconciliation includes a plenary talk given by preeminent scholars and practitioners in the field of reconciliation. Plenary talks use scriptural interpretation, theology, and story-telling to weave a rich tapestry of reflection that is theological, contextual and practical.

The teaching team of the Summer Institute for Reconciliation also includes afternoon seminar leaders, who unite in-depth teaching with small group reflection around a particular theme issue, or context in reconciliation.

Daily Design

  • Morning & Evening Prayer
    Participants begin and end each day with vibrant Christian worship held in Duke Divinity School’s beautiful Goodson Chapel.
  • Morning Common Journey
    Participants gather to learn from and dialogue with plenary speakers about a theological vision and practice of reconciliation.  
  • Afternoon In-Depth Seminars
    Participants select one afternoon seminar for the entire week, going in-depth with one or two faculty members and a small group of peers in a format of rich teaching and interaction.

Other Activities

Shared meals, one-on-one conversations with faculty, some free evenings, some evenings with community-building events, and access to the many gifts of Duke University's campus.

Learning together through sharing and creating resources that deepen our call and creatively inspire, form, and support our individual and communal spirituality.  Through worshiping, reading, writing, eating, and reflecting together we give ourselves a better chance to hear the Holy Spirit’s stirrings in our midst (Acts 4:23-37).

“[Summer] Institute was a week of learning and inspiration.  The leadership was outstanding. The participants represented a world-wide network deeply committed to a myriad of reconciliation initiatives.  I left the Institute awakened to the hope and the pain of the reconciliation journey and armed with stories, contacts, and resources to enrich my church’s commitment to the Beloved Community.” Gene Graham, congregational lay-leader, Houston, Texas

2015 Faculty Members and Plenary Speakers

Luke Bretherton is an associate professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School and a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His current areas of research focus on the intersections between Christianity, grassroots democracy, globalization, responses to poverty, and patterns of interfaith relations. His recent work has focused on faith-based organizations, the church’s involvement in social welfare provision, community organizing, the treatment of refugees, and fair trade. That work is drawn together in Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), which won the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. Before joining the Duke faculty, Bretherton was reader in theology and politics and convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King’s College London. He has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies, and churches around the world, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. When living in the United Kingdom, he was actively involved in politics as part of London Citizens, a broad-based community organization, and had a role advising the government on strengthening civil society. His forthcoming book, with the working title of Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of the Common Good (Cambridge University Press), draws on a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project for which he was principal investigator (2008-2011).

Watch an interview with Luke Bretherton in which he discusses his work and some of the issues and tensions to be navigated as Christians faithfully engage social, political and economic issues.

Luke Bretherton will teach the seminar “The Theology and Practice of Faith-Based Organizations.”

Peter T. Cha is associate professor of pastoral theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has served since 1997. Before earning his Doctor of Philosophy from Northwestern University, Peter was involved in a number of different ministries, including pastoral ministries in Korean immigrant and multiethnic churches and campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Recently, Peter has served as a member of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and currently serves as a board member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, USA. Peter is a coauthor of Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship and Growing Healthy Asian American Churches and has also contributed chapters to This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith; Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations; and Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World.

Peter Cha will teach the seminar "Transforming Academic Institutions for Reconciliation."

Jayakumar Christian, national director of World Vision India, is the author of the book God of the Empty Handed: Poverty, Power and the Kingdom of God. Christian focuses his work on the importance of understanding the factors underlying poverty and the church's role in addressing poverty. Christian has become a highly respected commentator on the role of the church in the developing world. He and his wife Vidhya live in Chennai, India.

Watch Christian speak on the importance of understanding the issues underlying poverty and the Church's role in addressing poverty.

Jayakumar Christian will teach the seminar “Mission among the Poor: Poverty, Power & the Kingdom of God.” 

Edgardo Colón-Emeric is an assistant professor of theology at Duke University and senior strategist of the Hispanic House of Studies at Duke Divinity School, which was established to assist the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church and Duke Divinity School in supporting and strengthening ministries to and with Hispanics and Latinos in North Carolina. He is an ordained elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference. His ecumenical study of Wesley, Aquinas, and Christian perfection received the 2008 Aquinas Dissertation Prize from Ave Maria University and was published by Baylor University Press. His research interests focus on the intersections of dogmatic theology and Hispanic questions.

Sermon by Edgardo Colón-Emeric in Faith and Leadership: The hope of your calling

Article by Edgardo Colon-Emeric in Divinity magazine: The Mestizo Symphony of Heaven

Edgardo Colón-Emeric will teach the seminar “The Theology of Reconciliation.” He will also co-facilitate the Institute with Curtiss Paul DeYoung.

Valerie Cooper is associate professor of black church studies at Duke Divinity School. Previously, Cooper served as associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and as assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University. She holds a Th.D. in Religion and Society from Harvard Divinity School, and a M.Div. and B.S. from Howard University. Dr. Cooper is the first African-American woman to earn tenure at the Divinity School. She is the author of Word, Like Fire: Maria Stewart, the Bible, and the Rights of African Americans. She is currently working on Segregated Sundays: Racial Reconciliation in the Church, a book evaluating the successes and failures of the racial reconciliation efforts of Christian congregations and ministries from the 1990s to the present. In addition to examining why such efforts frequently fall short of their stated goals, she also hopes to propose methods for achieving meaningful cross-racial relationships in America’s still very segregated churches and religious organizations. In this research, she is particularly interested in recovering and recording the stories of ordinary men and women of faith.

Valerie Cooper will teach the seminar “Segregated Sundays: Racial Reconciliation in the Church.”

Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School. The author of nine books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the environmental crisis and interfaith relations. Her book, Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry will be published in the fall of 2014 (Westminster John Knox). Her book Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food production. Her other publications include Wondrous Depth: Old Testament Preaching; Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth through Image and Text, an annotated translation accompanying woodcuts by Margaret Adams Parker; Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament; and The Art of Reading Scripture, co-edited with Duke Divinity School Dean Richard Hays. She has long been involved in inter-religious dialogue and in work with the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan to develop theological education, community health, and sustainable agriculture.

Ellen Davis will teach the seminar “Isaiah and a Prophetic Ministry of Peacemaking.”

Curtiss Paul DeYoung is the executive director of the Community Renewal Society in Chicago, IL—an historic faith-based civil rights organization that focuses on racial and economic justice. Previously he was professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Dr. DeYoung has earned degrees from the University of St. Thomas (MN), Howard University (DC), and Anderson University (IN). He is an author and editor of ten books on the Bible and cultural diversity, reconciliation, multiracial congregations, and interfaith social justice activism. His most recent book, Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism, was written with South African theologian and anti-apartheid activist Allan Boesak. DeYoung has also served in congregations and nonprofits in urban multicultural settings in Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, and Washington, DC. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God.

Curtiss Paul DeYoung will serve as the Institute co-facilitator with Edgardo Colón-Emeric.

Erin Dufault-Hunter has served as assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary since 2006. Prior to her work at Fuller, she worked as a research assistant for the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California and later earned awards there for excellence in teaching. In addition to articles and book chapters, she is the author of The Transformative Power of Faith: A Narrative Approach to Conversion (Lexington, 2013). Dufault-Hunter’s current work explores the intersection of technology, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic change, and reflects on the implications of embodiment for a Christian ethic of virtue in ordinary life. She has been a long-time member of Pasadena Mennonite Church and regularly participated in worship, music, preaching, and teaching.

Erin Dufault-Hunter will teach the seminar “Sharing Communion but Not Convictions: Making Peace over the Same-Sex Marriage Divide in Local Churches.”

Richard B. Hays, dean and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarly work has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s Scripture. His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century. His most recent books are The Art of Reading Scripture (2003, co-edited with Ellen Davis), The Conversion of the Imagination (2005), and Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (2008, co-edited with Beverly Roberts Gaventa). Dean Hays has lectured widely in North America, Europe, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has preached in settings ranging from rural Oklahoma churches to London’s Westminster Abbey.

Sermon by Richard Hays in Faith and Leadership: The word of reconciliation

Richard Hays will serve as a plenary speaker.

Peter Goodwin Heltzel (Ph.D., Boston University) is associate professor of systematic theology and director of the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary. He serves as associate pastor of evangelism at Park Avenue Christian Church (DOC/UCC) in New York City, and is the author of Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race and American Politics and Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation. He recently co-authored the book Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World with Alexia Salvatierra. Heltzel played a critical role in organizing faith leaders in the successful Living Wage Campaign in NYC (2010-2012). An active leader in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he serves on the Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Team and the Commission on the Ministry in the Northeastern Region. He is currently writing a systematic theology that demonstrates the relevance of prophetic Christianity for the growing global movement for justice.  Heltzel lives in Harlem with his wife, mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel. His twitter handle is @peterheltzel and his personal website is PeterHeltzel.com.

Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel will co-teach the seminar “Faith-Rooted Community Organizing.” 

Rick Love is an internationally-recognized expert in Christian-Muslim relations and is the president of Peace Catalyst International, an organization devoted to peacemaking. He also serves as associate director of the World Evangelical Alliance Peace and Reconciliation Initiative and on the steering team for Evangelicals for Human Rights. Rick studied as a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture's Reconciliation Program, which promotes reconciliation between Muslims and Christians, and between Muslim nations and the West. He has been active in the "Common Word" initiative, which promotes dialogue between Muslim and Christian leaders. He has written two books on the topic of peacemaking, as well as numerous articles. Rick lived in Indonesia for nine years as an English teacher, while doing doctoral research, and has traveled extensively. He holds a Th.M. in New Testament studies, a D.Min. in urban studies, and a Ph.D. in intercultural studies.

Najeeba Syeed-Miller and Rick Love will co-teach the seminar “Christian-Muslim Peacemaking for Christian Leaders.”

Mary Nelson was for 30 years the founding president and CEO of Bethel New Life, Inc. Bethel has earned a national reputation for innovative and effective urban ministry, with programs that promote the social, economic, and spiritual welfare of children, families, and seniors. Since her retirement from Bethel in 2006, Mary helped to develop a Loyola University/SCUPE graduate degree (Master’s in Social Justice and Community Development), is on the faculty of Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), chairs the Board of Sojourners, and is currently the interim executive director of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.  She also consults, speaks, and holds workshops in a variety of settings. She wrote the recently released Empowerment Workbook for CCDA. Mary has an earned Ph.D. from Union Graduate School, six honorary Ph.D.s and numerous other awards.  She lives, works, and worships in Chicago’s West Side community.

Interview with Mary Nelson in Faith & Leadership: Embracing God’s vision for community

Mary Nelson will teach the seminar “Building Beloved Communities of Justice and Advocacy with the Poor.”

Alexia Salvatierra is an ordained pastor and currently serves as the special assistant to the bishop for Welcoming Congregations for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She also serves as a consultant for a variety of Christian organizations, including World Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Christian Community Development Association, Interfaith Worker Justice, PICO and Sojourner’s. For over eleven years she was the executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), a statewide alliance of organizations of religious leaders who come together to respond to the crisis of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions, and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Under Salvatierra’s leadership, CLUE became known for its leadership development program for young leaders of all faith traditions and its work with immigrant evangelical congregations. She teaches and trains people throughout the United States in the principles and methods of faith-rooted organizing. She recently co-authored the book Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World with Peter Heltzel.

Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel will co-teach the seminar “Faith-Rooted Community Organizing.”

Najeeba Syeed-Miller is assistant professor of interreligious education at Claremont School of Theology and director of the Center for Global Peacebuilding. She is a prolific practitioner and effective educator in the area of conflict resolution among communities of ethnic and religious diversity. Her involvements range widely, including conducting gang interventions, implementing diversity training in universities and public agencies, conflict resolution in public schools, interreligious dialogue among the Abrahamic traditions, and environmental conflict resolution. Her model of intervention is to build the capacity of those closest to the conflict. In particular her research and community activist efforts have focused on the role of women as agents of peacemaking. Her track record as a peacemaker has made her sought out advisor for state, federal and White House initiatives, and in international conflicts in Guam, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, India and France. She blogs at http://najeeba.com/.

Najeeba Syeed-Miller and Rick Love will co-teach the seminar “Christian-Muslim Peacemaking for Christian Leaders.”

Seminars

Theology of Reconciliation
Edgardo Colón-Emeric

At the heart of the gospel is the invitation to the ministry of reconciliation. It is a ministry that remembers creation’s original goodness and harmony, wrestles deeply with how sin causes that harmony to be distorted, and anticipates the day when every tribe, tongue, people, and nation will sing in symphony with the Triune God. By reflecting on God’s ministry of reconciliation as revealed in Scripture, interpreted in Christian tradition, and lived in community, we will better understand the significance of diversity in the world. This seminar hopes to stir a holy restlessness in the participants so that we will “run with perseverance” the race set before us in tune with God’s call in ever changing, diverse, and multicultural societies.

Faith-Rooted Community Organizing
Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel

With so many injustices, small and great, across the world and right at our doorstep, what are people of faith to do? Since the 1930s, organizing movements for social justice in the U.S. have largely been built on assumptions that are secular in origin—such as reliance on self-interest and having a common enemy as a motivator for change. But what if Christians were to shape their organizing around the implications of the truth that God is real and Jesus has risen? Rev. Alexia Salvatierra has developed a model of social action that is rooted in the values and convictions born of faith. Together with theologian Dr. Peter Heltzel, this model of "faith-rooted organizing" offers a path to meaningful social change that takes seriously the command to love God and to love our neighbor as our self.

Mission among the Poor: Poverty, Power & the Kingdom of God
Jayakumar Christian

In what way is the Kingdom of God relevant to the powerless poor? How might the Kingdom of God, which is at the core of all Christian mission, be the basis for responding to the poor and the oppressed? Can the church rediscover its relevance and mission to the poor in our global neighborhood? This seminar is based on the conviction that in order to provide sustainable and transformational solutions to poverty and oppression, we must challenge and redefine power from the perspective of the Kingdom of God. It seeks to redefine the mission of the church to the ”empty-handed.” Together, we will explore our calling to integrate personal faith with issues of poverty, oppression, and power in our pursuit of God’s mission with and among the poor.  Participants will be enabled to construct a theology based on the Kingdom of God for responding to the powerlessness of the poor and will be enabled to rediscover the relevance and the role of the church to the world’s vulnerable people on the margins of our society.

Segregated Sundays: Racial Reconciliation in the Church
Valerie Cooper

Despite theological convictions that would support, or even mandate, racial reconciliation, much of the American church is characterized by theologically similar but racially segregated denominations and confederations. This seminar will investigate why pervasive segregation is the norm in American churches, and evaluate the successes and failures of the racial reconciliation efforts of Christian congregations and ministries. In addition to examining why such efforts frequently fall short of their stated goals, we will explore methods for achieving meaningful cross-racial relationships in America’s still very segregated churches and religious organizations.

Sharing Communion but Not Convictions: Making Peace over the Same-Sex Marriage Divide in Local Churches
Erin Dufault-Hunter

Many congregations include sincere and committed Christians who deeply disagree about whether the church should sanction same-sex marriages or partnerships. All too often these disagreements among Christians lead to deeply painful rupture of relationships and fractured congregations. In other cases, we promote a shallow tolerance of others that mocks genuine peace and encourages us to hide from one another so as to avoid conflict. Neither fragmentation nor polite silence can witness to the hard yet graceful work of the Spirit who makes unity possible. This seminar explores how congregations might actively pursue and witness to true peace in our local fellowship as well as in our contentious political culture. It explores how we witness to shalom not through ideological or theological purity but rather through patient, painful partnership amidst deep difference.

The Theology and Practice of Faith-Based Organizations
Luke Bretherton

This seminar will identify and develop theological frameworks for understanding and responding to key issues and contexts shaping the work of church-affiliated non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Christian nonprofits, social welfare services (whether local, national, or global in reach) and Christian political initiatives and social movements. Key contexts addressed are the dynamics of secularization and globalization as these play out in relation to Christian mission and ministry; and the social, political and policy context within which "faith-based organizations" operate at a national and international level.  Key issues and questions addressed include: What is a faithful institution? How should we understand and respond to poverty? And what is the relationship between the church and para-church organizations?

Transforming Academic Institutions for Reconciliation
Peter Cha

How can Christian higher learning institutions grow in their capacity to nurture and equip future Christian leaders who can effectively engage in God’s mission of reconciliation in today’s fragmented world?  This seminar is designed to assist leaders in higher education to think theologically and strategically about transforming the institutional culture of one’s school by embracing certain practices and values that promote reconciliation.

Participation is limited to doctoral students and administrators and faculty of colleges, seminaries and universities.

Isaiah and a Prophetic Ministry of Peacemaking
Ellen Davis

Isaiah is the book of the Bible that gives the most consistent expression to God's desire for peace among all tribes and nations. Isaiah is also traditionally known as "the evangelical prophet," because this book has had such a great impact on the New Testament and Christian theology. We will consider how Isaiah's call to peace reflects the social and political conditions of ancient Israel, what the prophetic message says to us about peacemaking in our own challenging situations, and how Isaiah might provide rich resources for congregational life. This seminar may be particularly helpful for clergy and lay-leaders that have preaching and teaching responsibilities within congregations.

Christian-Muslim Peacemaking for Christian Leaders
Rick Love and Najeeba Syeed-Miller

This seminar will explore the Islamic and Christian views of peacemaking, noting both similarities and differences. Participants will deepen their understanding of biblical peacemaking and be introduced to core values of Islam, Islamic teaching on peacemaking in general and with other religions. There will be a special emphasis on analysis of the key peacemaking texts used by both faiths, along with a focus on finding common ground for the common good. Participants will explore their own practical theology of ministry in interfaith contexts and will leave with intellectual, spiritual, and theological tools to engage in pluralistic settings.

Funding for this seminar is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Building Beloved Communities of Justice and Advocacy with the Poor
Mary Nelson

This seminar will focus on shaping beloved community in under-resourced community settings using interactive sharing. Under the leadership of Mary Nelson, a pragmatically-oriented, experienced activist and developer in a faith-centered framework, the group will consider God’s vision for beloved community, the opportunity for faith-centered approaches, empowerment, and neighborhood development while addressing issues of justice.

“The Institute offered me the most important continuing education experience I have had in my 15 years of ministry.  The combination of outstanding lectures from experienced leaders, the conversations I had with a very diverse group of individuals, and the extraordinary worship all challenged me and renewed my determination and hope in the work of reconciliation and justice in my own community.  I thank God for the experience.” — Rev. Chip Edens, Pastor, Christ Church, Charlotte, NC

Due to a generous grant, registration fees for the 2015 Summer Institute for Reconciliation have been reduced to $500, which includes the cost of most meals.

Lunch and dinner will be served buffet style each day, Tuesday–Friday, with the exception of Thursday dinner, which is on your own. Monday’s dinner and Saturday’s lunch are also included in the meal plan. A light continental breakfast will be provided each morning, Tuesday–Saturday. Additional options for purchasing a casual breakfast will be included in your participant packet.

All Summer Institute participants are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. We have arranged for a special rate at the Millennium Hotel, a full-service hotel located 1.25 miles from the Divinity School. Participants in the Duke Summer Institute will be eligible for the rate of $76 (plus 13.5% sales and occupancy tax) per night for a single room (1 king bed) or $80 for a shared room (2 queen beds). To make a reservation, call 1-800-633-5379 or book online by May 11, 2015. If you make a reservation by phone, be sure to mention that you are a participant in the Duke Summer Institute. The Millennium Hotel offers:

  • Complimentary in-room high speed internet access
  • Several complimentary meeting spaces for informal or prearranged evening conversations and meetings among Summer Institute participants
  • Exercise room
  • Indoor pool
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from Duke Divinity School
  • Free parking at the hotel
  • Airport shuttle (for an additional charge of $40 per person each way)

If you would like to share a room with two queen beds (reducing your housing costs to $40 per night per person plus tax) but do not have a roommate, please contact us at dukesummerinstitute@div.duke.edu.  We will gladly put you in touch with other participants who are seeking a roommate.

Travel

Air Transportation

The nearest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), a 20-minute drive to Duke University. Many area hotels offer shuttle service to and from the hotel.  Super Shuttle Service runs from RDU airport to Duke University and the surrounding area. You can make a reservation online prior to your arrival to Duke (provided you have a credit card). There will also be taxi cabs waiting outside each terminal of the airport.

Rail Transportation

The Durham Train Station offers Amtrak service to and from Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington DC, and New York City and points in between. Make reservations in advance online or by phone.

Ground Transportation

Directions to Duke University

Apply

We will accept admissions and scholarship applications on a rolling basis, while space and scholarship funds are available, until March 31, 2015. All applicants must make a $50 deposit when they complete their application. This fee will be credited towards your registration fee and is non-refundable. We will notify you of your admissions and scholarship decisions (if applicable) within one month of receiving your complete application. If you are admitted, the remaining cost of your registration fee (minus any scholarship awarded) will be due 30 days after your acceptance notice.

Application essays
As part of your application, please provide brief responses (200-400 words) to the following questions in support of your application. Seminar faculty will also read your responses in advance of the institute to inform their preparation. You will have an opportunity to upload a Microsoft Word or PDF file with your responses during the application process. (If you are applying for a scholarship, please add your scholarship responses to the same file.)

  1. Please describe the relevant work and personal experiences, past and present, that you feel prepare and motivate you for participation in the Summer Institute for Reconciliation.
  2. Please describe your objectives for participating in the Summer Institute for Reconciliation and the ways in which you expect to apply the training you receive.

Scholarship essays
Scholarship priority will be given to leaders who are actively involved in reconciliation ministry and who have both financial need and significant influence, or to emerging leaders with financial need. We are looking for scholarship applicants who have a concrete plan to share what they learn at the Summer Institute for Reconciliation within their circles of influence. We are also particularly interested in applicants who have secured some funding from an outside source other than their personal funds.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, please take a few moments to provide brief responses (100 words or less) to the following questions.  Please add your responses to the same Microsoft Word or PDF file that contains your application responses (see above).

  1. Please describe your leadership role(s) and circles of influence.
  2. How will you share what you will learn at the Summer Institute, and with whom will you share it?
  3. Will you be representing a particular organization that has asked or encouraged you to attend the Summer Institute? If so, please explain.
  4. What is the size of your organization, including the budget and number of employees/volunteers?
  5. How much is allotted in your continuing education budget for this fiscal year?
  6. What other funding sources have you explored or do you plan to explore? Do you have funding commitments from any of these sources, and if so, how much funding has been committed?

Scholarship recipients will be eligible for reduced registration fees. Please note that we do not offer any full-fee scholarships or financial support for travel or lodging.

For more information:

Summer Institute for Reconciliation
Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968

dukesummerinstitute@div.duke.edu
(919) 660-3578